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
4:14 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Massachusetts House, Senate Budget Writers Seek Compromise

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With just two weeks until the end of the fiscal year in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick said Monday he believes there will be a new state budget on time.

A conference committee of House and Senate members is working to reconcile the differences in the spending plans approved by the two chambers.   Governor Patrick doesn’t see any major sticking points.

" There are not that many big differences from by perspective.   I am generally happy with what I have seen because both the House and Senate budget track the priorities set forth in my own budget."

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The Roundtable
10:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Agreeing to Disagree - Mason Square Library In Springfield

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What has happened to civility in our country?  Conversations with people at the Mason Square Library in Springfield, Massachusetts reveal displeasure over how we interact with one another today and uncertainty over whether we can become more civil in the future. 

Over time, it seems the face-to-face has become in-your-face.

Mattie Jenkins says when she was growing up more than a half-century ago people were more respectful and kind.

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New England News
5:57 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Casino Repeal Effort Clouds Gaming License Award

MGM got the nod Friday from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to build a casino in Springfield. 

MGM officials celebrated their success in winning the first casino license in Massachusetts, but said construction of the Springfield casino will await the outcome of the effort to repeal the state’s 2011 gaming law.  MGM CEO James Murren said if the state’s highest court permits the November ballot question, he’s confident voters will endorse Las Vegas-style gambling

" I think the odds are very high and not only would I bet on it, I have."

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New England News
5:53 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Regulators Approve MGM Springfield Casino

A standing ovation followed the unanimous vote Friday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to assign the state's first casino license to MGM Springfield
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has assigned the state’s first resort casino license to MGM.  The entertainment industry giant got the go-ahead from the industry regulators today to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, but a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the project.

       The unanimous vote by the five-member gaming commission was greeted with a standing ovation from more than 300 people who packed a ballroom inside the MassMutual Convention Center less than a block from where the casino would be built.

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New England News
7:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

MGM Springfield Expected To Get Massachusetts Casino License

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Entertainment giant MGM is expected to get the nod from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators Friday to build a resort casino in Springfield.

 

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New England News
4:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Massachusetts House Passes Jobs Bill

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The Massachusetts House has approved an economic development bill that includes a sales tax holiday weekend in August. 

The bill authorizes tens of millions of dollars for job training, brownfields redevelopment, and initiatives in the so-called Gateway Cities, which include Pittsfield, Holyoke, and Springfield.  Democratic State Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington said the bill is an effort to grow the economy in areas outside greater Boston.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

President Obama Praises Worcester School As National Model

President Obama hugs a graduate of Worcester Technical High School during the commencement for the class of 2014

President Barack Obama, a frequent visitor to New York State in recent weeks, was in Massachusetts late Wednesday. He spoke at a high school commencement in Worcester and at a political fundraiser in suburban Boston. 

President Obama held up Worcester Technical High School as a national model for preparing American students to compete in the global economy.

" I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech."

The president spoke to an audience of 5,000 people at the graduation exercises held in the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

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New England News
6:47 am
Wed June 11, 2014

President Obama To Speak At Worcester Tech Graduation

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President Obama is coming to Massachusetts Wednesday to highlight a turnaround at a vocational high school.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Mass. Gaming Commissioners Report Positive Evaluations Of MGM Springfield Casino

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Massachusetts gaming industry regulators began a final review today of MGM’s proposed casino in Springfield.  It is expected to conclude Friday with a decision to award the state’s first resort casino license.

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners gave marks of “sufficient” to “outstanding” as they reported publicly on their evaluation of MGM’s application for a gaming license to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
7:21 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Sets Review Of MGM Springfield Casino

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Massachusetts gaming industry regulators begin a series of public meetings in Springfield Tuesday that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first resort casino license to MGM.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno anticipates this week will mark a major milestone for what he has described as the large economic development project in the city’s history—an $800 million downtown casino.

" I do  expect the gaming commission has done their due diligence and they will give MGM Springfield the nod Friday."

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