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
6:30 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Vigil Planned On Eve Of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

Activists hold a gay rights protest in Springfield Massachusetts in 2011
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Supporters of  gay rights are holding a candle light vigil Monday night  in front of the Federal Courthouse in Springfield Massachusetts.

The demonstration is on the eve of the oral arguments before the US  Supreme Court in two cases that challenge the validity of laws restricting gay marriage.  Leora Harpaz, a professor of constitutional law at Western New England University School of Law, says its one of the biggest cases the court is taking up this year.

   A decision is not expected before June.

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New England News
6:28 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Protests Planned Over Postal Delivery Cutbacks

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Rallies are being organized on Sunday in Albany, Boston and other cities by the National Association of Letter Carriers to save Saturday mail delivery. 

   The president of a letter carriers union local in Springfield Massachusetts, Michael Harazmus, said it won’t  just be postal workers who will be negatively impacted if six day a week mail delivery goes away.

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New England News
5:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Anti-Crime Task Force Launches In Western Massachusetts

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan addresses members of the anti-crime task force
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An anti-crime task force was  launched on Friday to help almost 50 mostly small towns in western Massachusetts combat drugs, guns and gangs. 

   The members of the task force, most of whom will be working undercover, were sworn in Friday at the Northampton office of the Northwestern District Attorney.  The top priority is to disrupt the distribution of drugs, which District Attorney David Sullivan said is at the root of most crime in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Springfield To Sell City-owned Vacant Lots To Abutters

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The city of Springfield Massachusetts has launched a new program to sell vacant lots to an abutting property owner.

   Under the program abutters can apply to purchase a city owned lot that is valued at less than $25,000. The city puts conditions on what can be done with the lot after its sold. Such things as a garden, off street parking, a landscaped side yard, and housing additions are allowed.  Mayor Domenic Sarno said  the program is  another tool to reduce blight in the city’s neighborhoods

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New England News
4:34 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Doctors, Hospitals In Western Mass. To Share Medical Records

An emergency room at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield as seen during a drill in 2012
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A regional health information exchange is being created in western Massachusetts.

The exchange, which is expected to become operational this August, will allow participating doctor’s offices and hospitals anywhere in the four western counties to have secure access to a patients electronic medical records.  Dr. Richard Shuman, medical director at RiverBend Medical Group  said it will lower healthcare costs, and make patients safer.

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New England News
5:50 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Worcester Mass. Is On Top Of The Snowpile

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Worcester Massachusetts has the distinction of being the snowiest city in the United States this winter.

   The snow storm earlier this week brought the season’s total snow fall in Worcester to 108.9 inches, making it the snowiest city in the country this winter, according to the National Weather Service. Syracuse New York was second with 96.5 inches. Rochester New York  also made the top five  with 72.7 inches.  The rankings only apply to cities with more than 100,000 people. There are less populous places that received more snow.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Abortion Issue Is Tricky In Massachusetts Senate Race

Advocacy groups on opposite sides of the abortion  issue have endorsed candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  Candidates  who favor limiting abortion rights have historically not done well in Massachusetts.

       Three of the candidates running for the Senate in Massachusetts have stated unequivocal positions on the issue of abortion rights.  Two other candidates have staked out greyer areas. The differences don’t divide along party lines.

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New England News
4:42 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Massachusetts Senate Candidates To Debate In Springfield

The candidates in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts will be debating in western Massachusetts.

   Two separate debates for the senate candidates will be held  in Springfield prior to the April 30th primaries.   The three Republicans candidates, Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow  will debate on March 28th at the City Stage Theatre.  The Democrats, Edward Markey and Steven Lynch have agreed to debate on April 18th at the Paramount Theater.  Political consultant Tony Cignoli says none of the candidates are well known in western Massachusetts

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

MGM Promotes Future Casino Jobs

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The lure of thousands of jobs in the fledgling Massachusetts gaming industry is powerful in the greater Springfield area, where unemployment remains high.  One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised. 

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New England News
6:51 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Event Showcases Careers In Resort Casino Industry

MGM Resort's career fair at the Mass Mutual Center. The event concludes on March 20
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One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised

   MGM Resorts brought about 30 of its employees from Las Vegas to Springfield to spend two days talking about what they do  in hotel operations, food, entertainment, finance, security and, of course, gaming.  Yvette Morales, who is college, said she was impressed by the career possibilities at a resort casino

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