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
3:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Recruits Join Massachusetts State Police

State Police Col. Timothy Alben prepares to pin badges on the state police academy graduates at a ceremony in Worcester.
Credit Massachusetts State Police

The Massachusetts State Police have 174 new troopers in the ranks.

The new state troopers graduated Friday after a 23 week training program at the police academy Each will now be paired with a veteran trooper for three months of field training.  The commander of the Massachusetts State Police ,Col. Timothy Alben said, this is the first new academy graduating class in two years.

"They are much needed. Our staffing has gone down significantly since 2006."

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Politics
12:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Claims MassGOP Offered Him $1 Million To Drop Out Of Race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, potential Tea Party challenger Mark Fisher ( center), and Mass. GOP chair Kirsten Hughes

Massachusetts Republicans are struggling with fallout from the state party convention. The convention in late March, as expected, overwhelmingly endorsed Charlie Baker for governor.   But, Tea Party candidate Mark Fisher claims he was wrongly denied a chance to challenge Baker for the nomination.  He’s filed suit against the party alleging rules and delegate vote counts were manipulated so that he would not get the required 15 percent of the delegate’s votes to be certified for the primary ballot. 

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New England News
5:14 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Letter Carriers' Food Drive To Help Local Food Pantries

Shelves are bare at the Open Pantry in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The largest one-day food drive in the country takes place Saturday when letter carriers collect donations of non-perishable food left at mailboxes and dropped off at post offices.

   The letter carriers’ food drive will re-stock barren shelves heading into the summer when school lunch programs stop and demand for emergency food assistance goes up, according to Candace Larger, director of the Open Pantry emergency food pantry in Springfield.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Pressing Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Republicans

Mark Fisher, who rejected an offer from the Massachusetts Republican Party to drop a lawsuit in exchange for certification as a candidate for governor.

Tea Party candidate Mark Fisher has rejected an offer from the Massachusetts Republican Party and is pressing ahead with a lawsuit that demands he be certified a candidate for governor and paid damages.

   Fisher said the party must release the tally sheets of delegates’ votes at the state convention. He claims this will prove there was an effort by party leaders to deny him a spot on the primary ballot opposite the convention endorsed candidate Charlie Baker

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New England News
6:28 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Story Project Seeks To Put Young Mothers In Different Light

Daisy Rodriguez and her son Aiden. She is one of 31 participants in a story project for young parents in Holyoke,MA
Credit WAMC

A group of young mothers who became pregnant as teenagers are sharing their stories in a research project aimed at changing public perceptions. Some of the accounts were shown publicly for the first time today.

Each of the young parents delivers a brief narrative in a digital format that combines video, recorded voice, still and moving images and other sounds.

The point of the collective works – 31 stories in all -- is to remove the stigma and shame surrounding teen pregnancy and promote change in public policy that focuses almost exclusively on prevention.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Mass. GOP Will Concede Tea Party Candidate A Spot On Ballot

Mark Fisher ( at left) on the floor of the Massachusetts Republican Convention March 22,2014

The Massachusetts Republican Party is now offering to certify Tea Party affiliated candidate Mark Fisher, a move that could set up a contested primary for governor.

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New England News
9:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Western Mass. Town Adopts Fracking Ban

A small town in western Massachusetts has apparently become the first in the state to enact a bylaw aimed at hydraulic fracturing.  Opponents of the controversial gas drilling practice hope it will raise the profile of the issue in the state and encourage the legislature to enact a drilling moratorium.

   During Town over the weekend, Pelham, Massachusetts voted unanimously to ban hydraulic fracturing and establish a bylaw prohibiting the storage, use or disposal in the town of the wastewater from so-called fracking operations. 

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter

Credit WAMC

After a long harsh winter, spring has arrived in the northeast, heralded by the return of farmers’ markets throughout the region.

The Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts opened for a new season Tuesday afternoon with more than two dozen vendors and a steady stream of visitors.

Bill Malloy of Springfield bought basil and plants for his home garden.  

" It's just super. It  really convinces you that spring is here. Everybody is having a good time and you get to buy food too."

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New England News
6:21 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Arbitration Awards For Casino Impacts Upheld

An artist's rendering of MGM's proposed resort casino in downtown Springfield,MA
Credit MGM Springfield

Two western Massachusetts communities that went through an arbitration process to obtain payments intended to offset the impacts of a casino in Springfield appear to have done better financially than municipalities that accepted offers from casino giant MGM Resorts.

   Longmeadow and West Springfield went to arbitration with MGM after failing to reach negotiated settlements with the casino company by an end-of- March deadline established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  By then MGM had reached surrounding community agreements with six other municipalities.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Massachusetts' Highest Court Hears Arguments On Casino Repeal Referendum

The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case that was argued before the justices of the state’s highest court in Boston this morning.

       The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard an hour of oral arguments Monday morning on whether a question should be allowed on the November ballot asking voters if the 2011 law that opened the state to Las Vegas-style gambling should be repealed.

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