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
12:39 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New Springfield Bishop Makes Good First Impression

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski greets a well wisher in the parish center at St. Michael's Cathedral
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A new spiritual leader has been appointed for the 230,000 Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will replace Bishop Timothy McDonnell as head of the Springfield diocese. The new bishop left a good first impression, but will face many challenges.

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New England News
6:45 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops To Six-year Low

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The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped to 5.6 percent in May as the state added more than 9,000 jobs. 

The May employment report signaled a milestone for the Massachusetts economy. 3,304,500 people were employed—the most since 1990.  Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian said the state has recovered all the jobs lost during the last two recessions.

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New England News
3:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Pope Appoints New Bishop To Lead Springfield Diocese

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski who was appointed by Pope Francis to become the 9th bishop of the Springfield diocese.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland has been appointed to lead the Roman Catholic Church in western Massachusetts.  

   Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said he already felt at home as he was introduced Thursday as the new leader of the Springfield Diocese.  Rozanski,who was ordained a parish priest in the Archdiocese of  Baltimore in 1984, and became auxiliary bishop there in 2004 said he’ll follow the tone set by Pope Francis as he gets to know his new territory.

  "Just bringing the joy and love of the gospel to others. That is the agenda I have right now."

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New England News
12:55 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Peace Activist To Address Iraq Turmoil During Northampton Talk

Two world-traveling peace activists will talk about the turmoil in Iraq and other issues during a visit to Northampton, Massachusetts today. Kathy Kelly and Milan Rai ( rye) were members of  Voices from the Wilderness, an organization that worked to deliver medicine and toys to children in Iraq.  

Kathy Kelly and Milan Rai (rye) will speak at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse at  7pm today.

Kelly is a co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Non-violence. She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about her experiences in Iraq.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Massachusetts Schools Test New Assessment Exam

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Massachusetts is exploring a switch from the age-old paper and pencil tests to an online standardized testing system for the public schools.  State education officials today reported results of a test drive of the new system.

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New England News
4:50 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

UMass Tuition, Fees Frozen For Second Straight Year

Trustees of the University of Massachusetts voted Wednesday to freeze tuition and student fees for a second consecutive year. 

UMass spokesman Robert Connolly said the consecutive freezes come at a time when most other public universities across the country are raising rates.

" We were on the higher end ( of student charges)  when compared to our public peers, two years of freezes are driving us back toward the middle of the pack."

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New England News
3:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New MassPike Toll Plan Means Savings For Western Mass. Drivers

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Toll charges on the Massachusetts Turnpike will be reduced in the Springfield area with the advent of an all-electronic tolling system.

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New England News
6:23 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beacon Hill Working On Jobs Bill

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Massachusetts legislators are working on an economic development package they hope to pass before the legislative session ends next month.

   The Massachusetts House approved a jobs bill backed by House Speaker Robert Deleo on a 125-23 vote.  The bill provides more than $65 million for programs and initiatives, some new and some already in existence, designed to expand economic opportunities beyond the greater Boston area.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno's recommended budget was approved by a unanimous vote of the Springfield City Council
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The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has a budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.  The city’s elected officials are in agreement that following years of recession-forced spending cuts, the budget for fiscal year 2015 moves the city forward.

The $581.9 million budget recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno was adopted by the Springfield City Council Monday night by an 11-0 vote with two councilors absent.  The vote wrapped up the least contentious budget season in the state’s third- largest city in recent years.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Expansion Of Holyoke Canal Walk Begins

State and local officials led by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today marked the start of construction on a project to expand a pedestrian walkway around an industrial canal in Holyoke.  Officials say the canal walk will be an inviting place for both city residents and visitors.

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