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
2:05 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Charter School Advocate To Be Top Mass. Education Official

Credit Boston Foundation

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed a nationally known advocate for charter schools to be the state’s top education official.

Baker and James Peyser, are long-time friends who served together in the Weld administration. Peyser was chairman of the state Board of Education under Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci.  As education secretary Peyser will oversee the implementation of the controversial Common Core education standards, a change Baker has questioned.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Outgoing Mass.Taxpayers Foundation President Warns Of Big Budget Deficit

Michael Widmer, a long time Beacon Hill fiscal watchdog will retire early next year. Widmer has run the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation for 23 years.  The group recently issued a controversial analysis of the state’s budget deficit and an annual report on Massachusetts municipal finances.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Widmer.

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New England News
6:17 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Gunfire At Nightclub Leads To License Hearing

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has scheduled a Dec. 30 license hearing over allegations bouncers hindered a police investigation into a shooting incident at the Zone Nightclub.
Credit Zone Nightclub/Facebook

A nightclub in Springfield, Massachusetts is facing a hearing in front of the mayor as a result of a shooting earlier this month.

A hearing on the Zone Nightclub’s entertainment license has been scheduled for December 30th at Springfield City Hall.  Mayor Domenic Sarno, who has the authority to issue entertainment licenses, has taken a hard line in the past with threats to public safety

"To the businesses that continue to attract a negative element I will continue to be relentless with the laws, boards and commissions that I have," Sarno declared earlier this year.

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New England News
6:11 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

MGM Expects To Start Hiring For Casino Construction In New Year

Credit MGM Springfield

Now that MGM has won Massachusetts regulatory and voter approval to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield the Las Vegas-based entertainment giant has employment and local purchasing commitments to keep. 

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New England News
5:03 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Cop Killings Lead To Demonstrations Of Support For Police

Credit Scott Davidson/Flickr

The recent slayings of two police officers in New York City and one in Florida has resulted in public displays of support for police in western Massachusetts.

   In response to a social media campaign, people in Chicopee have put blue lights in their house windows for police on patrol to see. The police chief of Ludlow suggested in an email that people wear blue ribbons. The mayor of Greenfield, William Martin, went out of his way to pay tribute to police during a ceremony Monday marking new train service.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

First High-Speed Train Trip Celebrated In Western Mass

An Amtrak train waits at the station in Greenfield, MA at the end of a ceremonial inaugural trip Monday. Public service on the Amtrak Vermonter begins Dec. 29,2014
Credit WAMC

A new era of train travel has arrived in western Massachusetts. High-speed passenger service has come to the region because of new tracks, crossing signals and other upgrades paid for by the multi-billion dollar economic recovery bill passed by the Congress in 2009.

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New England News
4:13 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Officials Inaugurate High Speed Rail Line In Western Mass.

Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and a host of federal, state and local officials took an inaugural train ride Monday on newly rebuilt tracks in western Massachusetts.

The trip from Springfield to Greenfield highlighted the dawn of high speed passenger rail service along what is known as the Knowledge Corridor.  For the first time in decades passenger trains will stop in Northampton and Holyoke.  Kathleen Anderson, president of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, said it opens a lot of possibilities including more tourism.

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Student Loan Series
12:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Part Four Of Student Loan Series: Education Consultant Offers Ways To Cut Costs

Credit Alan Cleaver/Flickr

Choosing a college, getting admitted, and figuring out how to pay for it are complex decisions with long-lasting consequences.  Because the stakes are so high more and more people are opting not to be do-it-yourselfers.  A growing trend among high school students and their parents is to hire an independent educational consultant.

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New England News
1:58 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Business Group Warns Of Bigger Mass. Budget Shortfall

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker said dealing with a projected state budget deficit will be his top priority upon taking office Jan. 8, 2015.
Credit WAMC

A business-backed advocacy group warns Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker may have to make unpopular budget cuts when he takes office next month.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects the state is facing a $750 million budget deficit --a figure strongly disputed by the Patrick administration, which insists the mid-fiscal year gap is much smaller.  Michael Widmer, president of the MTF, said  Baker will face tough choices right after taking office.

"There are no easy pockets of money to be saved and there is precious little time," said Widmer.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Unyielding Position Urged On Rebuilding Cathedral High School

Congressman Richard Neal addresses a rally at Springfield City Hall urging the Springfield diocese to rebuild Cathedral High School.
Credit WAMC

A decision on the fate of the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts won’t be announced until after the first of the year.  Advocates for rebuilding the historic Cathedral High School, destroyed by a tornado more than three years ago, continue a public campaign.

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