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
4:27 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Failed Judicial Nominee Sues Governor Patrick

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is being sued by a failed nominee to a district court judgeship in Berkshire County.

   Pittsfield attorney Michael McCarthy is joined in the civil suit by former Governor’s Councilor Mary Ellen Manning and current Councilor Michael Albano who said he got involved because  his constituents are  impacted by what happened.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Special Election Date Set As Field Of Candidates Takes Shape

A state Senate seat in western Massachusetts will become vacant at the end of today.  Republican Michael Knapik’s surprise decision to resign from the Senate after nearly 20 years opens an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in the chamber where they already hold an overwhelming majority.

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New England News
7:19 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Date Set For Vote To Fill Vacant State Senate Seat

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State officials have scheduled the special election to fill a vacant western Massachusetts State Senate seat for November 5th. 

The special election will be held concurrently with municipal elections in several communities in a move that will save money and could boost turnout.  Primaries , if needed, would be held October 8th. Republican Michael Knapik of Westfield is resigning after almost two decades in the senate, and the race to succeed him is wide open, according to political consultant Tony Cignoli.

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New England News
4:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Casino Opponents Petition For Gaming Law Repeal Vote

Anti-casino groups across Massachusetts are petitioning for a voter referendum to repeal the state’s 2011 gambling law.  

   A formal petition was filed Wednesday with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, the first step in a lengthy process to put a question on the 2014 state election ballot.  One of the backers of the initiative petition is  the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Bishop Douglas Fisher says he’s hopeful state voters will put a stop to casinos

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New England News
6:13 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Massachusetts Ballot Questions Proposed To Repeal New Taxes

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Parts of a large tax bill enacted to pay for transportation needs in Massachusetts are now the focus of separate repeal efforts.  Petitions were filed with the Massachusetts attorney general today to begin a process that could put the repeal initiatives on the 2014 state election ballot.

       A coalition of more than 20 business leaders from some of the state’s biggest companies, including Staples Inc. and Boston Scientific, signed the petition that seeks repeal of the recent expansion of the state’s sales tax to computer software services.

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New England News
4:15 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Easthampton Mayor To Run For Vacant Massachusetts State Senate Seat

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A western Massachusetts mayor has become the first Democrat to announce a run for a soon to be vacant state senate seat. 

   Michael Tautznik, the eight-term mayor of Easthampton, is not running for re-election this year, and said he had no plans to stay in politics until he heard about the surprise vacancy in the state senate.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

UMass Could Open First Satellite Campus In Springfield

The University of Massachusetts is looking for a possible location to establish a satellite campus in Springfield.  City officials believe it could be another step in efforts to revitalize Springfield’s downtown

The University of Massachusetts has put out a formal request for proposals to lease 25,000 square feet in downtown Springfield for use as classroom and office space with the potential to double the size in the future.

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New England News
6:46 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Markey Says It is "Critical" To End Sequestration

U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) with Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton. The two discussed the local impact of federal spending cuts.
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey says it is critical to end the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration.

   Markey met Tuesday in Northampton with Mayor David Narkewicz who told the Senator sequestration was impacting public safety and education.

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New England News
9:42 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

UMass Looks For Classroom Space In Springfield

The UMass-Amherst flagship campus is 20 miles from downtown Springfield, where a satellite campus may open in 2014

The University of Massachusetts is exploring the creation of a satellite campus in Springfield.

   UMass officials have put out a formal request for proposals to lease 25,000 square feet of classroom space in downtown Springfield.  A spokesperson said if suitable space can be found at an acceptable cost, a satellite campus could open in the fall of 2014.  Serious discussion about a UMass campus in Springfield began two years ago, and the city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said it looks now as if it will become a reality

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Senator Markey Begins Listening Tour In Western Massachusetts

U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Markey began a listening tour of Massachusetts with a stop at Northampton City Hall.
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Just three weeks after being sworn in as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat Edward Markey began a series of public events around the state today. His first stop was in Northampton.

Markey, who was criticized for a light schedule of public appearances during the special election campaign, said he plans to visit every part of the state during the August Congressional recess to learn about local issues and what Washington can do to help.

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