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
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Hard Rock Official Discusses Casino Referendum Campaign

Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland at the casino referendum campaign headquarters in West Springfield, MA.
Credit WAMC

The campaign to convince voters in West  Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal  for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening.  Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10th referendum.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.

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New England News
8:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Hard Rock Officials Campaign For West Side Casino

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino rallied supporters Tuesday for its project in western Massachusetts.

Hard Rock officially opened its campaign headquarters in West Springfield for the September 10th voter referendum.  Company officials say they are proactively reaching out to build support for the $800 million dollar resort casino Hard Rock hopes to build on the Big E fairgrounds.  Competition for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts is wide open according to gaming industry expert Clyde Barrow

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New England News
4:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Mass. Air National Guard Fighter Jets Temporarily Relocated

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 in a hanger at Barnes Airport in Westfield. The fighter jets have been temporarily relocated to Westover AFRB in Chicopee
Credit WAMC

A western Massachusetts military base that is home to large transport aircraft will host some smaller jets.

Fourteen F-15 fighter jets assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Barnes Airport in Westfield are staging at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, while the Barnes runway undergoes several months of repairs.  Lt.Col. James Bishop, Chief  Public Affairs officer at Westover said the F-15 pilots will be flying training missions.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Springfield Mayor Seeks State Police Help As Gun Violence Flares

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Credit City of Springfield

More Massachusetts state troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer. Funding was previously approved by the Massachusetts legislature

Members of the Massachusetts State Police Community Action Team will be assigned to Springfield following a personal appeal Monday, in writing and on the telephone, to the head of the state police from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
6:54 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Casino Officials To Kickoff West Springfield Referendum Campaign

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

A  campaign kickoff is planned Tuesday for another casino referendum in western Massachusetts.

Officials with Hard Rock will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10th casino referendum in West  Springfield.  Hard Rock is proposing an $800 million resort casino on part of the  Big E fairgrounds.  The project would be a financial windfall for the town under the terms of an agreement negotiated with Mayor Gregory Neffinger.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

More Voter Referendums On Gaming Projects Set In Massachusetts

Hard Rock has begun the campaign to convince voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts to endorse the company’s plan for a resort casino. It will be the second western Massachusetts casino project to face a make or break referendum.

       Hard Rock officials will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10th casino referendum.  The event will mark the formal launch of the “West Side Yes” pro-casino campaign. 

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New England News
4:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Gun Violence Brings More State Troopers To Springfield

Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to assist police in Springfield recovered this gun which was allegedly tossed into some bushes by a fleeing suspect.
Credit Massachusetts State Police

More Massachusetts State Troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer.

   After four separate shootings in Springfield in as many days, Mayor Domenic Sarno made a personal appeal Monday  to the head of the Massachusetts State Police.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

HUD Foreclosure Decision Expected In September For Tornado Damaged Homes

More than two years after a tornado tore through a low-income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts, the residents of the damaged complex face an uncertain future.  More than two dozen homes remain vacant and condemned and there is the threat of foreclosure by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Watershed Protection Group Celebrates Return Of Rowing Programs On Connecticut River

Rowing programs are growing along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. The opportunities for people to get out on the river coincide with successful efforts over the last decade to clean up the river.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council will celebrate rowing on a cleaner river at its annual meeting this Sunday. It is free and open to the public.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Connecticut River Watershed Council Executive Director Andrew Fisk.

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New England News
3:23 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

West Springfield Casino Referendum Date To Be Set

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International

   Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he’ll ask the council to schedule the referendum for September 10th so that it occurs before the start of the Big E the following weekend.

   Hard Rock wants to build a resort casino on part of the Big E fairgrounds.

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