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
6:31 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Authorities Announce Increased Downtown Police Deployment

Downtown Springfield will see more police foot and bike patrols along with targeted crime suppression efforts

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have announced a plan to increase the police presence downtown.

  

   There will be high visibility walking and bike patrols both in the daytime and evening with flexible deployments based on events and crime data.  Commissioner William Fitchet said there will also be targeted traffic enforcement, prostitution stings and spot checks of bars and restaurants for liquor license violations.

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New England News
3:34 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Springfield,Utility Co. Set Energy Savings Goal

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at left) and Northeast Utilities CAO David McHale sign a 3-year partnership agreement
Credit WAMC

The city of Springfield Massachusetts has entered into a three -year partnership with a utility company to dramatically reduce energy use. 

   In a first of its kind agreement in western Massachusetts  the city of Springfield will work in partnership with Western Massachusetts Electric Company toward a goal of reducing the city’s energy consumption by 12 percent over the next three years.

   Mayor Domenic Sarno signed the partnership agreement Wednesday with David McHale, the CAO for Northeast Utilities, the parent company of WMECo.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Gomez,Markey Clash In Final Senate Campaign Debate

Gabriel Gomez ( on left) and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) shake hands following their debate in Springfield June 11,2013
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

The two candidates in next week’s special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts faced off in their final debate last night.  It was wide-ranging and spirited.

      

       Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey and Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez exchanged barbs over each other’s records as both attempted to close the sale with voters heading into the final days of the campaign.

       Gomez, who continues to trail in the polls, almost begged voters to take a chance on him.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Coal-Burning Industrial Plant Will Switch To Natural Gas

Activists campaign against coal-burning power plants in Massachusetts in this 2012 photo
Credit WAMC

In a victory for environmentalists one of the last coal burning industrial power plants in Massachusetts is being converted to natural gas.

Eastman Chemical announced Tuesday that it plans to convert to natural gas the coal burning boiler that produces steam and electricity at its chemical manufacturing facility in Springfield.  The company said the change over will occur by January 2016 . Michaelann Bewsee , executive director of Arise for Social Justice said a campaign calling for an end to coal-burning at the facility had just begun.

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New England News
3:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Gomez,Markey Set For Final U.S. Senate Debate

Gabriel Gomez ( on left) and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) debated in Springfield on June 11,2013
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

With the campaign down to the homestretch ,the Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidates meet tonight for their final debate.

   Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey and Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez will meet for the third and final time in a debate to be broadcast from the studios of Boston PBS affiliate WGBH. It starts at 7pm   The debate comes just one week before the June 25th special election when voters will choose either Markey or Gomez to fill the unexpired term of John Kerry, who resigned from the Senate in January to become Secretary of State.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( seated at right) and MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle sign the host community agreement on May 1 2013.
Credit WAMC

The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM.  The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a  Springfield casino is not guaranteed.  Casino opponents are crying foul.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st as a “ hold the line” budget.

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New England News
6:59 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Gomez,Markey To Meet For Final Debate

Gabriel Gomez ( on left) and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) shake hands after a debate in Springfield June 11, 2013
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

With just one week until the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two candidates meet Tuesday night for a final debate.

   Democratic Congressman Ed Markey will stick to his cautious front-runner campaign strategy and try to avoid any miss-steps during the final time voters will have a chance to size up the candidates side by side.  Republican newcomer Gabrial Gomez has to stay aggressive in the opinion of political consultant Tony Cignoli

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Activists Protest Possible Cuts To Food Stamps

People protesting possible cuts in the food stamps program line State Street in Springfield, MA at the district office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
Credit WAMC

   Activists held a series of demonstrations across the country today to call on influential Democratic members of Congress to prevent cuts to the food stamp program.  One of  the demonstrations was in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   Holding signs and waving to passing motorists about two dozen people lined State Street in front of the federal building where Congressman Richard Neal has a district office.  The protest had a sense of urgency because the House is set to vote, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, on a bill that could end food stamp benefits to millions of people.

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New England News
4:55 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Massachusetts Senate Leaders Unveil Welfare Reform Bill

Leaders in the Massachusetts Senate have unveiled a bill to overhaul the welfare system.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:46 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Activists To Protest Possible Food Stamp Cuts

Members of Progressive Democrats of America during a demonstration in 2012 outside the office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) in Springfield
Credit WAMC

Protests are planned Monday at the offices of several Congressional leaders around the country by activists opposed to cuts in the food stamp program.

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