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
6:15 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Bill On Gun Violence Expected To Be Debated On Beacon Hill This Fall

New York and Connecticut have already enacted new gun laws in the wake of  December’s Newtown school shooting.  The Massachusetts legislature is expected to take up a bill before the end of the 2013 legislative session. 

The point person for gun issues in the Massachusetts House says he hopes to recommend a comprehensive bill by September.  Democratic State Representative Harold Naughton of Clinton , who co-chairs the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security said the goal is to update the state’s already strict gun ownership laws.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Local Activists To Join Global Protest Against Biotech Giant

Protest marches are scheduled to take place on Saturday in close to 50 countries and more than 200 locations here in the United States.  Called “ March Against Monsanto”, the events will highlight what organizers see as a threat to the world’s food chain. Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically modified plant organisms, or GMOs.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with a local organizer of tomorrow’s march, Michaelann Bewsee, director of Arise For Social Justice in Springfield Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:07 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Holiday Travel Forecast To Be Average

Credit MassDOT

The still somewhat sluggish economy is expected to hold down holiday travel this holiday weekend.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Western Mass. Will Lose Ally When Murray Departs

When Timothy Murray steps down next month as Massachusetts lieutenant governor it will mean the state’s top elected officials will all reside in the greater Boston area.

   It is rare for a politician who lives west of the Boston suburbs to win election to statewide office. Jane Swift of North Adams was elected  lieutenant governor in 1998 and later served two years as acting governor. Murray, who is from Worcester, forged a bond with western Massachusetts. State Representative Angelo Puppolo of Springfield does not believe the region will suffer when Murray leaves office.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

MGM,Supporters Promote "Yes" Vote On Casino

Supporters hold pro-casino signs at a rally in Springfield Symphony Hall where MGM launched a casino referendum campaign
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MGM Resorts staged a casino referendum campaign kickoff rally in Springfield Massachusetts last night.  It drew a large crowd that heard casino supporters vow to work tirelessly  over the next two months to secure an overwhelmingly affirmative vote.

It had everything one would expect at a political rally -- buttons, banners, signs, and rousing speeches that drew cheers and chants.

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New England News
6:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fallen Police Officers Honored At Ceremony

An annual ceremony by the Western Mass. Chiefs of Police Assoc. honors fallen police officers. There is a memorial at Springfield Technical Community College
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The  25th annual memorial service for western Massachusetts law enforcement officers was held on Wednesday in Springfield.

   The solemn service honored 47 people who lost their lives in the last hundred  plus years  while protecting the public safety in western Massachusetts. Four names were  added  to the end of watch roll call this year. Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres died last July after he was struck by a truck while directing traffic. His widow and son Jay were at the ceremony

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New England News
4:02 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray Resigning

There’s been a political shakeup on Beacon Hill. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will leave the office shortly to take a job in the private sector in his home city of Worcester.

   Murray announced at an afternoon news conference that he intends to resign the office of Lt. Governor effective June 2 to take the job as President and CEO of the  Chamber of Commerce of Greater Worcester.   He described the decision as bittersweet.

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New England News
6:58 am
Wed May 22, 2013

MGM To Kick Off Casino Referendum Campaign

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Officials with MGM Resorts plan to kick off a campaign on Wednesday designed to convince voters in Springfield Massachusetts to approve a casino deal.

   MGM officials will be joined by  Mayor Domenic Sarno  and other backers of the casino on stage at Springfield Symphony Hall  late Wednesday afternoon to kick off the  campaign.  It will promote a yes vote on the city wide casino referendum scheduled for  July 16th. The chairman of an anti casino group, Michael Kogut, said a kick off rally for the campaign to defeat the referendum will take place next month.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Casino Vote Set In Springfield For July 16

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The casino project proposed in Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International will be put to the city’s voters in mid-July.

The Springfield City Council has voted unanimously to set July 16th as the date for the citywide casino referendum. The council also authorized $95,000 for a voter education campaign.  Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said her office will use direct mail, print, television and internet advertising to promote the casino vote.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Western Mass. Tourist Sites Promoted In Pennsylvania

Tourism professionals from western Massachusetts are a three-day bus trip to Pennsylvania to promote the region to group tour operators
Credit WAMC

A first ever collaborative effort is under way to jointly promote tourist attractions in the Berkshires and the greater  Springfield area in Massachusetts.

   A bus carrying two dozen people representing many of the top tourist attractions in western Massachusetts departed from the Big E fairgrounds in West Springfield Tuesday morning bound for Pennsylvania.  The group has meetings scheduled over the next three days with 17 tour operators to sell the region as an ideal destination for group bus trips.

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