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
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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New England News
3:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Both Sides Optimistic About West Springfield Casino Vote

Casino campaign lawn signs on the driveway leading to a polling place in West Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Voters in West Springfield are going to the polls today for the latest casino referendum in western Massachusetts.

   Voting was described as steady by election officials and appeared, as of mid-afternoon, to be on pace to reach the 40 percent turnout predicted by the Town Clerk for today’s referendum on Hard Rock’s  proposal to build a resort casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

   Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he was a bit nervous about the outcome of today’s referendum.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Outreach Begins To Help People Navigate Health Care Changes

Massachusetts Health Connector Authority Ex. Dir. Jean Yang speaking at Caring Health Center in Springfield.
Credit WAMC

The state agency that administers the health insurance market in Massachusetts has launched an outreach effort to make people aware of changes that will be coming under the federal Affordable Care Act. 

   The approximately 250,000 people who have obtained health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector will need to sign up for new plans because of federally mandated changes in benefits and subsidies that take effect January 1,2014.   Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang said the outreach is targeting a six-month open enrollment that begins October 1st.

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New England News
4:21 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

West Springfield Hard Rock Casino Referendum Is Tuesday

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

:  Voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts will decide Tuesday whether to allow a Hard Rock casino on the Big E fairgrounds.

   Hard Rock officials say a series of public forums has helped swayed public opinion in favor of the $800 million casino development.  Therese Tease said she was against the casino at first ,but now will vote yes

   Nathan Bech leads a group opposed to the casino. They’ve staged rallies and also done some door-to-door campaigning

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New England News
12:42 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Protests Planned Over Possible Syrian Strike

Credit Olga Lednichenko, flickr

Several anti-war groups have organized vigils to be held across the country today to demonstrate opposition to a U.S. military strike on Syria.  The protests occur as President Obama attempts to build public support for a military response to the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria. One of the vigils is taking place in Northampton, Massachusetts and WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with organizer Jeff Napolitano of the American Friends Service Committee

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New England News
5:34 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Seniors Would Get Property Tax Break For Part-time Work

Senior citizens in Springfield, Massachusetts could get a break on their property tax bills in exchange for doing some part-time work for the city.

   The Springfield City Council will vote Monday on an ordinance to establish a senior tax work-off program. Janet Rodriguez Denney, Springfield’s director of elder affairs, said there has been interest in such a program for years among the city’s senior citizens, and with downsizing in city government, there are a variety of  job opportunities.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Vote Set On Mohegan Sun Palmer Casino Project

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

The Town Council in Palmer, Massachusetts has endorsed a casino development agreement with Mohegan Sun.  The Connecticut-based casino operator is proposing a $1 billion development in the rural town.  It is one of three projects competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Town Councilor Paul Burns, who has been a long-time supporter of a casino project in Palmer.

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New England News
5:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Calls To Raise Minimum Wage,Improve Worker Benefits Heard At Labor Breakfast

Credit Bernard Pollack/flickr

Labor leaders are urging people in Massachusetts to take steps to close what they say is a widening gap between rich and poor.

   The Massachusetts AFL-CIO will be advocating for ballot questions in Massachusetts to raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid sick leave and establish nurse to patient staffing ratios in hospitals.  Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council President Fiori Grassetti says everyone needs a higher standard of living.

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New England News
3:36 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Forclosures Way Down In Massachusetts, But AG Coakley Says Crisis Not Over

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For just over a year now, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has used money from the nationwide settlement with banks over unlawful foreclosures to help people hang on to their homes. Attorney General Martha Coakley highlighted the successful efforts during a forum today in Springfield.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

McGovern Leaning "No" On Syrian Strike

President Obama is working to build support in Congress for a resolution authorizing a military strike in Syria for the recent deadly chemical weapons attack.  Democratic Congressman James McGovern of Massachusetts says he is leaning “ no.”

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