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
1:15 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Republican State Representative Will Seek Vacant Senate Seat

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A Republican State Representative has become the first announced candidate to fill a vacant State Senate seat in western Massachusetts.

State Representative  Donald Humason of Westfield said he will run to succeed State Senator Michael Knapik.   Humason, who has represented Westfield in the Massachusetts House for ten years, said he will run a grassroots campaign to introduce himself to the people of the much larger Senate district that includes rural Hilltowns and small urban centers.

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New England News
4:38 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Special Election Expected To Fill State Senate Vacancy

The resignation of long-time Massachusetts State Senator Michael Knapik  of  Westfield will further erode the already small Republican minority on Beacon Hill.


 

   Knapik’s resignation will leave only three Republican senators in the 40-member body. A spokesman for the state Republican party was optimistic about the chances for the party holding the seat. But, Springfield based political consultant Tony Cignoli expects the Democrats will make a serious bid for the seat.

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New England News
9:41 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Former Selectman Pleads Guilty In Voter Fraud Scheme

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A former elected official in western Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to charges in a voter fraud scheme.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Republican Minority Shrinks As State Senator Departs

A 22-year veteran of the Massachusetts Legislature is stepping down to take a post in the administration at Westfield State University.  It will mean the Republican minority on Beacon Hill will become even smaller. 

   Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield is going to resign this Friday and begin work next Monday in a newly created position at Westfield State University.   Knapik said he will work closely with the university president and the Westfield State Foundation board in advancing the university’s mission.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Veteran State Senator Resigning To Take University Post

A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts is leaving office.  Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield confirms he will resign Friday to take a new post in the administration at Westfield State University.  Knapik is in his 10th term. His departure will leave only 3 Republicans in the 40 member senate.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Knapik this morning.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Opposition Organizes For West Springfield Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech is leading an effort to urge voters in West Springfield to reject Hard Rock International's casino project. The referendum is on September 10th
Credit WAMC

A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts.    The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.

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New England News
7:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Bulger Decision Not To Testify Angers Victims' Relatives

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Former mob boss James “ Whitey” Bulger will not testify in his own defense at his sensational trial in Boston.

         Bulger, who is charged with 19 murders and numerous other crimes, told the federal judge presiding over his trial Friday that he felt it would be pointless to testify. Bulger said  “ As far as I’m concerned, I didn’t get a fair trial. This is a sham.”   Patricia Donahue, widow of an alleged victim was bitterly disappointed by Bulger’s decision and yelled at him in court.

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New England News
4:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gun Control Hearing Draws Large Crowd

The 500 seat theater at American International College was filled to capacity at the start of Friday's public hearing by the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.

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New England News
6:25 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Legislative Hearing On Gun Violence Set For Springfield

Credit Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts state legislators are holding a public hearing in Springfield Friday on proposals to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

The hearing by the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety comes just days after a series of non-fatal shootings prompted Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno to request help from the state police in patrolling the city’s streets.

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New England News
4:21 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Man Charged With Boston Murder Of Wilbraham Native

Authorities in Boston have announced a suspect is being charged with the murder of a young woman, whose violent death impacted people across the state. 

   A 28 year old Boston man with a lengthy criminal record has been charged with the murder of 24 year old Amy Lord, a native of Wilbraham ,Massachusetts.  She was abducted as she left her South Boston apartment, beaten, forced to withdraw money from several ATMs, and then fatally stabbed.   Suffolk County D.A. Dan Conley said Edwin Alemany , who is in custody for assaulting two other women ,has been charged  with Lord’s murder.

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