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
6:25 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Panel Sides With Diocese In Dispute With Insurer Over Tornado Damage To School

Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA was damaged by the June 1,2011 tornado.
Credit WAMC

An arbitration panel has sided with the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese in a dispute with its’ insurance company over the damage done to Springfield’s only catholic high school by the June 1, 2011 tornado.

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New England News
4:50 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Strong Turnout Reported For Springfield Casino Vote

Casino proponents and opponents seek the attention of voters arriving at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club where two polling places are located
Credit WAMC

Voter turnout is described as good for today’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts. Voters will either endorse or reject an $800 million casino development proposed for downtown Springfield by MGM Resorts.

   Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said it appears voter turnout is on pace to reach 25 percent by the time the polls close at 8 p.m.   That would be considered a good turnout, and a far cry better than three weeks ago when just 15 percent of the city’s voters went to the polls for the special election for U.S. Senate.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project

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Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts go to the polls today for a referendum on MGM Resorts’ proposal to build an $800 million resort casino in the city’s downtown.  State law gives local voters the right to weigh in before a developer can even apply for a casino license. 

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New England News
5:15 am
Tue July 16, 2013

MGM Casino Vote Is Today In Springfield

Credit MGM Springfield

Voters in Springfield Massachusetts go to the polls Tuesday for a referendum on plans by MGM Resorts to build an $800 million resort casino in the downtown. 

MGM, which needs local voter approval before it can apply for a state gaming license, has poured a million dollars into the referendum campaign.  There was an advertizing blitz, campaign volunteers knocked on 28,000 doors and made thousands of phone calls. MGM executives met with key neighborhood and civic groups.  MGM CEO James Murran is confident.

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New England News
5:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Child Serial Killer Lewis Lent Linked To Cold Case

16 year old Jamie Lusher disappeared on Nov. 6,1992. Authorities announced that Lewis Lent, who is serving a life prison sentence, recently told police he killed the boy and put his body in a pond in Becket.

Authorities say a man convicted of  killing children in both Massachusetts and New York has been conclusively linked with the disappearance of a 16- year- old boy in Westfield, Massachusetts more than 20 years ago.

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New England News
4:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Springfield City Council To Vote On Cultural District

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to vote Monday to seek state recognition for a downtown cultural district.

   The proposed cultural district would encompass a several block area that is home to museums, performance venues, art galleries, a college, and the Springfield Armory National Park.  Springfield Museums President Holly Smith-Bove said an official designation by the Massachusetts  Cultural Council would be a boon for the city.

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New England News
12:42 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Holyoke Mayor Prepares To Seek Second Term

Credit Alex Morse

Alex Morse, who at the age of 22, was the youngest mayor in the history of Holyoke Massachusetts when he was elected in 2011 is seeking a second two-year term.  It appears he will face at least five challengers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Morse about the young mayor’s first term.

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New England News
9:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

2014 Gubernatorial Hopefuls To Address Democratic Convention

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman will officially announce his candidacy for governor at the Mass. Democratic convention in Lowell

Democrats in Massachusetts should get an early look the potential field of candidates for governor Saturday at the annual party convention. 

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New England News
1:36 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Gov. Patrick Signs $34 Billion State Budget

Credit Dwight Sipler

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a $33.6 billion state budget today, but not without vetoing more than $400 million in spending.

  

   Governor Patrick vetoed $240 million in funding for regional transit authorities, and $177 million in local aid to cities and towns.  The governor says the budget is out of balance because he and legislative leaders are at an impasse over a separate  transportation finance bill.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Hard Rock Reaches Casino Deal With West Springfield

West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger ( on right) and Tim Maland, President Hard Rock New England announce the signing of a casino host community agreement
Credit WAMC

Hard Rock International has struck a rich casino development deal with West Springfield. The agreement, announced last night by West Springfield’s mayor and  Hard Rock officials, ups the ante in the fierce casino competition in western Massachusetts.

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