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
12:15 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

City Budget Is Final, But Debate Continues

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The  city of Springfield, Massachusetts will begin a new fiscal year on Monday July 1st with a balanced budget.  The conclusion this week of the annual budget debate in city hall left unresolved several issues that resonate beyond Springfield. 

       Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno praised the city council’s  12 to 2 vote to adopt a $572 million budget. He said it will maintain current municipal employment levels and keep core city services intact.

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New England News
6:45 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

A New Budget In Time For The New Fiscal Year

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The city of Springfield Massachusetts will start the new fiscal year Monday, July 1st with a balanced budget.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the $572 million budget the city council approved this week by a 12 to 2 vote will maintain current municipal employment levels and keep core city services.

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New England News
4:35 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Pride Group Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling On Marriage

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse speaks at a Springfield Pride event marking the historic same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court
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Gay rights activists in western Massachusetts continue to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. 

Springfield Pride held a rally Thursday for  people to talk about what the court’s ruling means for them personally and for the gay rights movement in general.   The openly-gay mayor of Holyoke, Alex Morse said the court sent a powerful message, especially to young people, about equal rights.

Amaad Rivera, founder and president of Springfield Pride said  nothing feels better than..justice.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Anti-casino Forum Draws Large Crowd

Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause, addresses the audience at an anti-casino forum in Springfield, MA
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Opponents of casino gambling rallied supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts last night where a citywide referendum on MGM Resorts’ $800 million casino development is less than three weeks away.

      A crowd of about 300 people sat in the sweltering hot sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral and applauded as speakers denounced what they said were the false promises of the gambling industry.

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New England News
7:47 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Special Election Ends Short Senate Career Of "Mo" Cowan

Senator William "Mo" Cowan ( D-MA)
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Massachusetts Senator-elect Ed Markey is expected to be sworn in after the Senate returns from its July 4th recess.  

When Ed Markey becomes the new junior Senator from Massachusetts it will end the brief Senate career of  William ‘Mo’ Cowan.   Cowan was appointed interim Senator by Governor Deval Patrick on January 30th to succeed John Kerry  until the special election.  Cowan delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor Wednesday, thanking the people of Massachusetts, his staff, Senate employees and his family.  Cowan leaves with a positive outlook

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New England News
6:42 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

City Councilors Make New Push To Enforce Residency Rule

Springfield City Council President James Ferrera

Non-unionized municipal employees for the city of Springfield,Massachusetts who do not live in the city could soon face an ultimatum-- move to the city or lose their jobs.

   Springfield City Council President James Ferrera, backed up by at least six of his colleagues on the 13- member council, is proposing to use the city budget as leverage in the latest attempt to put a new residency ordinance on the books.

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New England News
1:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Rep. Neal: Court Rulings Catch Up To States

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in a narrow 5-4 vote that said the law violated the Fifth Amendment. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says he was happy with the decision.

“I think that we’ve all come to the conclusion that gay marriage does not represent any threat to any institution in America and I, incidentally, must say that I think that this is instructive in terms of American history: the states began the revolution. The court accepted the precedent that had been established by that states,” Neal said.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Democrat Markey Wins Massachusetts Senate Seat

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Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey won the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry.  The counting of the votes Tuesday night brought to a close a campaign that may best be remembered for the voter apathy it produced.

   Sixty-six year old Edward Markey, with the help of thousands of volunteers who turned out votes for him in the state’s liberal bastions and blue-collar cities, handily defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez .

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New England News
6:14 am
Wed June 26, 2013

MGM Seeks Support For Casino At Springfield Polling Places

Supporters of MGM Resorts' Springfield casino project outside a polling place for Tuesday's special Senate election.
Credit WAMC

Supporters of  MGM Resorts’ casino project campaigned outside several Springfield polling places during Tuesday’s special Senate election.

   MGM representatives handed out brochures, buttons and signs and urged voters to come back to the polls on July 16th and vote in favor of the company’s $800 million Springfield casino project.  Michael Mathis, an MGM vice president said this was just part of a campaign to get a high turnout and an overwhelmingly affirmative vote.

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New England News
5:29 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Edward Markey Wins Massachusetts Special Election

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Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey has won the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry .   

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