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
5:30 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Official Warns Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Pollution Cleanup

The former Uniroyal tire factory complex in Chicopee, MA. The city hopes to secure funds from the EPA to prepare the property for redevelopment
Credit WAMC

A top Environmental Protection Agency official warns that federal budget cuts threaten future brownfields cleanup projects in the northeast.

The New England Regional Director of the EPA, Curt Spalding said  his agency is the only entity that can clean up abandoned former industrial sites because of the liability issues.  He said sequestration puts brownfields clean up at risk.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Redevelopment Of Former Mill Site Begins

A new $8 million senior center is the first construction project at the former Facemate textile mill site along the Chicopee River
Credit WAMC

The redevelopment has begun of a once badly polluted former textile mill in Chicopee Massachusetts. A top Environmental Protection Agency official warned on Monday that federal budget cuts threaten future brownfields cleanup efforts in the region. 

An $8 million  senior center is being constructed on land along the Chicopee River that was originally developed during the early 1800s to manufacture textiles.  A groundbreaking , attended by more than  100 people, culminated a decade long cleanup project that officials described as a legal and environmental quagmire.

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New England News
4:08 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Transportation Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In Mass. Senate

Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to vote on raising taxes, including a 3 cent increase in the gasoline tax, to fund the state’s transportation system.

   The $500 million dollar tax increase faces an uncertain fate in the Massachusetts Senate, according to Democratic State Senator James Welch of West Springfield.

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New England News
11:02 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Republican Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield

The three Republicans running in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts clashed over social issues and claims to fiscal conservatism  during a debate Thursday night in Springfield

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New England News
10:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Massachusetts Health Policy Official Discusses Priorities

Credit Leon Brooks

Massachusetts ,which pioneered universal access to health insurance, is now beginning the next phase of healthcare reform: reining in the run-away costs.  The executive director of the new agency responsible for implementing the state’s cost containment law was in Springfield on Thursday.

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New England News
5:53 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Fare Hike Expected For PVTA

Credit WAMC

Operators of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts are not planning to hike fares or cut service to close a projected budget gap.  The expectation is that there will be more state funding for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and the rest of the state’s regional transit systems.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery

The tornado damaged South End Community Center in Springfield on June 2,2011. The city hopes to rebuild the community center at a different location in the same neigborhood
Credit WAMC

The  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to the city of Springfield Massachusetts to help it recover from the June 2011 tornado. 

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the money will fund specific projects detailed in the tornado recovery master plan the city produced last year.

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New England News
1:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

HUD Considers Foreclosure On Tornado Damaged Housing Cooperative

Efforts by residents of a low- income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts to recover  from the June 2011 tornado have been dealt another setback.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , which funded the  90- unit complex nearly 40 years ago, is weighing foreclosure.

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New England News
3:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Exception To Tax Cap Law Sought For Casino Property

The city of Springfield is seeking an exception to Proposition 2 ½ , the Massachusetts property tax cap law, when it comes to casinos.

   An $800 million resort casino could mean tens of millions of dollars annually in additional property taxes for Springfield.  But Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will not get the full financial benefits from a casino development unless a change is made to Prop 2 ½.

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New England News
11:46 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Vigil Held On Eve Of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

People rally outside the Federal Court House in Springfield MA on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in cases dealing with same-sex marriage laws
Credit WAMC

Supporters of gay rights participated in vigils and rallies held in cities across the country on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing arguments in two same-sex marriage cases.

   While about 50 people gathered around the front steps of the Federal Court House in Springfield to cheer and applaud speakers, Charlie Rogers stood like a sentinel on the curb facing oncoming traffic on State Street. He held a hand-painted sign reading “Overturn DOMA”

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