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
12:25 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Sen. Warren's First Bill To Lower Student Debt Gains Support

A bill filed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren  to dramatically cut the interest rate on college student loans is gaining support.

Warren’s bill, which is the first she has authored as a Senator, has been endorsed by more than two dozen colleges and universities in Massachusetts, as well as several national progressive political groups.   It would link the interest rate on federal student loans to the rate the Federal Reserve charges to loan money to banks.  That would effectively lower the student loan interest rate from 6.8 percent to .75 percent.

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New England News
6:23 am
Sat July 6, 2013

DA Investigates Deadly Shooting By Massachusetts State Police

A prosecutor’s office is investigating the police use of deadly force in the Franklin County Massachusetts town of Orange.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Massachusetts Lawmakers Hold Hearings On Gun Bills

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The state legislature in Massachusetts is inching closer to acting on new gun laws more than six months after the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut.  A legislative committee is holding a series of public hearings around the state this summer.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Plan Promises Proper Access To The Connecticut River Walk And Bikeway

The elevator tower and walkway over railroad tracks will be replaced by a more reliable structure to provide access to the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway
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Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts plan to take steps to improve access to the city’s riverfront. The city recently settled a complaint that was filed almost 18 months ago with the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board , the agency that oversees access for the disabled to public places.

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New England News
5:52 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Unique Policing Initiative Gets Funding Boost

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The Massachusetts State Legislature has approved funding for an anti-gang program in Springfield that has received national attention.

   An amendment to the  $34 billion dollar state budget approved earlier this week directs $200,000 to a unique  policing program in Springfield’s North End neighborhood.  It uses military counterinsurgency tactics to dismantle criminal gangs.  State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera said the money will ensure the program continues and perhaps can expand to other high crime parts of the city.

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New England News
6:46 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Large Crowd Expected For Concert And Fireworks Show

Large crowds are expected to attend Independence Day celebrations in Springfield Massachusetts.

As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the  July 4th free concert and fireworks show at Riverfront Park in Springfield.  Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, said the non profit organization has put on the annual event  since 1991.

This year’s celebration is headlined by the Commodores, the Motown hit-makers from the ‘70s and ‘80s  and features a pyrotechnics display from the famous Fireworks By Grucci.

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New England News
5:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Massachusetts Authorities Issue Fireworks Warning

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Massachusetts authorities are making their annual warning about the danger of fireworks.

Massachusetts is the only New England state where the sale and possession of fireworks, except by licensed professionals, is illegal. Electronic highway signs warn motorists they could face fines or even jail time for bringing in fireworks purchased in other states. Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney said fireworks in the wrong hands are dangerous

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New England News
12:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Massachusetts Budget Boosts Summer Job Prospects For Young People

A campaign to encourage Massachusetts employers to provide jobs to teenagers this summer was launched in May in Springfield City Hall
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The Massachusetts State Legislature this week approved both a new budget for the fiscal year that began Monday and a supplemental budget for the just concluded fiscal year.  The action saved a summer  jobs program geared toward helping inner-city youth all across the state. It also assured that an anti-crime program in one city that has received national attention will continue.

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New England News
6:21 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Summer Youth Job Prospects Brighten

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The Massachusetts Legislature has approved  $10 million for a summer youth jobs program.

   The program will fund 500 jobs for eligible teenagers this summer primarily with  non-profit organizations and government agencies.  The money will be divided among roughly two dozen cities that have the highest caseloads with the Department of Youth Services. State  Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera of Springfield pushed to level fund the program after the initial House budget cut money for it in half.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Security Beefed Up For Independence Day Celebrations

As people celebrate America’s independence at community concerts and fireworks shows this week there is a focus on security at large public gatherings. Police are mindful of April’s Boston Marathon bombing.

       Massachusetts authorities consulted with security experts and studied practices used by police in New York City and London to devise a security plan for July 4th.  Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney encourages people to attend the annual concert and fireworks show at the city’s Riverfront Park. He said there is nothing that suggests any threat to the event.

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