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
12:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Rosenberg Making Plans To Lead Massachusetts Senate Starting In 2015

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst is poised to become the next president of the Massachusetts Senate.  The 63 year old Rosenberg, who has been in the state legislature since 1987, announced he had received the overwhelming support of the Democratic caucus on Wednesday to succeed Senate President Therese Murray when her term ends.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rosenberg.

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New England News
5:25 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Rosenberg Claims Support To Be Next Masschusetts Senate President

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst says he has the backing of enough fellow Democrats to become the next president of the Massachusetts Senate.

Rosenberg said he is honored and humbled to have what he described as the overwhelming support of his Senate colleagues.

The 63 year old current Senate Majority Leader has been in the legislature since 1987. Senate President Therese Murray will have to step down in 2015 because of term limits. Rosenberg would be the first Senate President from western Massachusetts in almost fifty years.

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New England News
3:40 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Library Reorganization Means New Uses For Former Branches

The Liberty Street branch library will become a senior citizen social center with a new park next door
Credit WAMC

The public library system in Springfield, Massachusetts is being reorganized. It will mean longer hours of operation, but fewer branches. The buildings that are closing as libraries later this year  will not be shuttered for very long, as officials today unveiled plans for new public uses.

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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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