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
3:14 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mohegan Sun Clears Massachusetts Background Investigation For Casino License

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed casino development in Palmer, MA.
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Mohegan Sun cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday in its bid to build a $1 billion resort casino in the  western Massachusetts town of  Palmer.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Volunteers Ready For River Cleanup Project

Thousands of volunteers will fan out in the Connecticut River watershed in four states on Friday and Saturday to pick up trash and remove debris.   This is the 17th annual “ Source to Sea Cleanup”  organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s executive director Andrew Fisk.

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New England News
6:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Settlement Reached In Downtown Gas Explosion Case

The epicenter of the natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Mass. Nov. 23,2012
Credit SFD

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts on Thursday will announce a settlement stemming from last year’s natural gas explosion that damaged dozens of buildings in the downtown area.

  

   The settlement will include a planning grant for the affected area. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city’s economic development officials will work on  what he called a “ revisioning” of the downtown Entertainment District, which is home to numerous restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other small businesses.

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New England News
3:56 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Students, Staff Work On Culture Of New Charter School

The Baystate Academy Charter Public School occupies a former parochial school in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The newest charter school has opened its doors in Springfield, Massachusetts. Interest in establishing new charter schools in Springfield has grown since a cap was lifted three years ago.

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New England News
6:55 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Groups Say Federal Budget Breakdown Hurts Democracy

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

Good government groups are decrying the shutdown of the federal government as a blow to participatory democracy.

The shutdown is emblematic of the breakdown in the appropriations process in Congress. Jo Comerford, executive director of  the National Priorities Project, a Northampton-based organization that tracks federal spending ,said it has been ten years since Congress met the Oct 1 deadline to pass a budget

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Impact Of Government Shutdown On Economy Seen As Minor,Reversable

The Massachusetts economy is already feeling the impact of  federal budget cuts.  Leading regional economists warn the federal government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis could compound the problems.

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New England News
4:03 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Committee Looks Into Student Loans And Debt

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Higher Education at a public hearing on student loans and debt held at Holyoke Community College
Credit WAMC

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education are investigating student debt. They hope to make some recommendations on the complex issue of the cost of higher education and the burden it has become on many people.

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New England News
12:33 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Community Radio Still A Voice Of Advocacy

The Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts is hosting guest lecturers in social justice advocacy this fall. One of the social justice practitioners-in-residence is Pete Tridish, a longtime community radio advocate. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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New England News
5:49 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Massachusetts Repeals "Tech Tax" After Just Two Months

Massachusetts lawmakers have repealed the so-called “tech-tax”.

Less than two months after approving a sales tax on computer software services as part of a $500 million dollar transportation tax bill, legislators eliminated it before a single penny was ever collected. Political consultant Tony Cignoli said leaders of the state’s technology industry managed to swiftly convince legislators they’d made a mistake that would do great harm to the state’s economy.

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New England News
4:36 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Climate Change Conference Aims For Action Plan

Credit NASA

People from diverse backgrounds are meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts Saturday for a conference on climate change. 

The free conference at Trinity United Methodist Church is organized by Climate Action Now, Arise For Social Justice, and the NAACP.  Bringing together environmental, anti-poverty, and civil rights activists underscores the wide-ranging impact of climate change, according to Michaelann Bewsee of Arise For Social Justice.

Conference workshops will look at the impact of climate change on food supply and price, public health and transportation.

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