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
4:35 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Efforts Continue To Reduce Infant Deaths

Credit Partners For A Healthier Community

A new effort is being launched to reduce the number of infant deaths in western Massachusetts  largest city.

A new educational and outreach campaign will be launched Monday in Springfield to raise awareness of infant mortality.  Michael Vigneux, spokesman for the Massachusetts office of the March of Dimes Foundation said Springfield has the highest infant mortality rate among the 30 largest municipalities in Massachusetts.

The March of Dime is funding the new initiative by Project Baby Springfield, which is part of the city’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

NEA President Discusses Challenges Facing Schools

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
Credit NEA

National Education  Association President Dennis Van Roekel was on a back-to-school tour last week.  The head of the 3 million member teachers union visited schools in several cities across the country.  During a swing through Massachusetts that included a visit to a school in the Boston area, Van Roekel spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
8:30 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Gun Control Bill In Massachusetts Expected By October

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Massachusetts state legislators, who spent the summer listening to people comment on the highly-charged gun control issue are set to write a comprehensive bill.

   The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held five public hearings across the state from Cape Cod to Springfield.  The last one was Friday at the Statehouse.  Each regional hearing was attended by about 500 people and lasted more than six hours. House chairman  Harold Naughton said the hearings produced a lot of thoughtful ideas

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New England News
12:54 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Region's Largest State Fair Opens With Attendance Record In Sight

Credit ESE

The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast, and one of the 10 largest state fairs in the country, opened this morning in western Massachusetts.  The fair is four years shy of marking a century in existence. It packs the crowds in every year by mixing a lot of the old with a little bit of the new.

For the next 17 days, the 175- acre grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield will feature barnyard animals, 4-H exhibits, horse show competitions, antique cars, historic artifacts and memorabilia, crafts, daily parades, a circus, a midway with rides and games.

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New England News
6:12 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Big E Opens Today

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The largest fair in the northeast, the Big E, starts its annual run this morning in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Each of the 17 days of this year’s Big E is a full schedule of musical entertainment, animal shows, carnival rides, shopping, and parades.  Big E President Gene Cassidy is proud of the eclectic line-up of performers that includes DJ Pauly D, Randy Houser and the Beach Boys.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Casino Combatants Take Stock Following Hard Rock's Defeat

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA. Town voters will decide the fate of the project on Nov. 5
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The focus of the casino competition in western Massachusetts shifts to Palmer following this week’s vote in West Springfield that killed one casino project.

   Jennifer Baruffaldi,spokesperson for a pro-casino group in Palmer said she is delighted to have Hard Rock removed as a competitor for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

   Iris Cardin, co-chair of  an anti-casino group in Palmer, said it was heartening to see  the  grassroots activists in West  Springfield  defeat a casino industry giant at the polls.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Voters Kill Hard Rock Casino Project

Voters in West Springfield on Tuesday delivered a knockout punch to casino industry giant Hard Rock.   The vote to reject an $800 million dollar casino project leaves just two competitors standing for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.

By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent, West Springfield voters turned down a development agreement that could have seen Hard Rock build a casino, hotel, and year-round concert venue on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, home of the annual Big E agricultural fair.

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WAMC News
7:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

West Springfield Mass. Voters Reject Casino

Entertainment industry giant Hard Rock’s plans to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts have been rejected by voters in the small town of West Springfield.

By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent voters Tuesday defeated Hard Rock’s proposal for an $800 million resort casino on the Big E fairgrounds.  Ted Hebert, a member of a grassroots organization that worked to defeat the casino was thrilled.

Tim Maland, Hard Rock New England President said the company had no plans to try to put a casino somewhere else in Massachusetts

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New England News
10:28 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

West Springfield Rejects Hard Rock Casino

Nathan Bech, who lead the campaign against Hard Rock's proposed casino in West Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Entertainment industry giant Hard Rock’s plans to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts have been rejected by voters in the small town of West Springfield.

   By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent voters Tuesday defeated Hard Rock’s proposal for an $800 million resort casino on the Big E fairgrounds.  Ted Hebert, a member of a grassroots organization that worked to defeat the casino was thrilled.

   Tim Maland, Hard Rock New England President said the company had no plans to try to put a casino somewhere else in Massachusetts

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New England News
5:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Diocese And Insurer Settle Over 2011 Storm Damage

Cathedral High School has stood empty since it was ruined by the June 1,2011 tornado. The Springfield diocese and its insurance company had been far apart on the amount of the loss
Credit WAMC

More than two years after a tornado ripped through the only Catholic High School in Springfield Massachusetts, the diocese has reached a settlement with its insurance company

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