Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York , Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester. 

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New England News
6:24 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Banks Will Have To Post Bond With Foreclosures To Secure And Maintain Properties

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Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts announced Monday they will begin enforcing anti-foreclosure regulations that survived a federal court challenge.  An activist who had lobbied for passage of the new requirements more than two years ago lamented the slow pace of implementation.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Police Want New Pawn Shop Rules To Aid In Recovering Stolen Goods

Police in Springfield Massachusetts want pawn shops and second-hand stores to be required to hold on to merchandise longer to help trace property stolen in house break-ins

A regulation that would require stores in Springfield to hold used items for 30 days  instead of the current ten-day hold  and have a computerized inventory has been bottled up for months in a committee of the Springfield City Council.   Councilor Tom Ashe , with the backing of the city’s police commissioner, said he’ll try to force the item to the floor of the council Monday for an up or down vote.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Environmental Activists On 130 Mile Walk Across Massachusetts

Westfield Concerned Citizens protest in August 2011
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Activists who have been fighting for five years to stop construction of a gas-fueled power plant in Westfield, Massachusetts set off on a cross-state walk today. It is a seven-day 130 mile walk that is scheduled to end next Friday in New Bedford where an environmental conference is being held. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mary Ann Babinski of Westfield Concerned Citizens.

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New England News
3:21 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Commission To Study Black Market Tobacco Trade In Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has formed a commission to investigate tobacco smuggling.

Department of Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter says the nine-member commission will seek to identify the various forms of tobacco smuggling and determine how much it is costing Massachusetts in lost taxes.

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New England News
3:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

New Police Unit Formed In Response To Spike In Homicides

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A special police unit is being formed in response to four recent gang-related killings in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Westfield State University President Placed On Paid Leave Pending Investigation

Westfield State University Trustees begin a meeting on the fate of University President Evan Dobelle as some students(standing) look on. Seated (l to r) are board chairman John Flynn, attorney for the board Jim Cox, Dobelle, trustee Kevin Queenin
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Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into his lavish spending on travel and entertainment.  The western Massachusetts school’s board of trustees took the action during the course of a marathon meeting that started Wednesday afternoon and ended past midnight Thursday.

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New England News
1:57 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Westfield State University President Put On Paid Leave Pending Probe

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Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has been put on paid leave.

   The school’s board of trustees put Dobelle on paid administrative leave and hired a Boston law firm to investigate allegations the university president violated policies with lavish spending on travel and entertainment.  The actions were announced early this morning by board chairman John Flynn at the end of a closed meeting that lasted more than ten hours.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Frustration Growing Over Government Shutdown,Northampton Protest Planned

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Frustration is growing over the federal government shutdown and approaching deadline for raising the government’s debt ceiling.  Members of a progressive group in Massachusetts that advocates raising taxes on the rich, cutting military spending, and increasing funds for social programs are planning protests. Members of  Budget for All are going to demonstrate today in Boston and on Friday in Northampton.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Marty Nathan, one of the leaders of Budget For All Western Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

UMass Moves Closer To Establishing A Satellite Campus In Springfield

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret began a bus tour of the state on Tuesday. He started in Springfield where he discussed the progress toward establishing a satellite center
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The president of the University of Massachusetts embarked Tuesday on what has become an annual cross-state bus tour to promote the five-campus system.  The tour started in Springfield, which may soon be home to the first UMass satellite campus.  

       University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret said the university is moving to establish a satellite center in downtown Springfield. He expects key decisions to be reached in the next four weeks on a location, what programs will be offered and how it will all be paid for.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

UMass President Says Dobelle Controversy Cast Shadow On Higher Education

Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle
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Westfield State University trustees are holding a special meeting Wednesday to consider suspending university president Evan Dobelle.

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