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
5:58 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Springfield City Council To Take Up Changes To Foreclosure Law

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City Councilors in Springfield Massachusetts Monday night will consider changing a foreclosure ordinance to settle a lawsuit by several banks.

The change would exempt banks from having to post a $10,000 bond to secure and maintain foreclosed vacant property, if other conditions are met, including hiring a local property manager. A mediation program to help people at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure would be implemented. City Council Vice President Bud Williams said implementation of the ordinance has been blocked since it was passed almost two years ago.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Casino Operators Pledge To Hire Locally

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The two companies competing to build a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts have affirmed local hiring goals.

   Penn National Gaming says  its goal is to hire 90 percent of its workforce from the city of Springfield.  MGM Resorts said 35  percent of its employees would be city residents, and 90 percent would live in the Greater Springfield area.  William Ward, held of the Hampden Regional Employment Board said the agency will work with whichever company gets the casino license

   A consortium of community colleges plans to offer casino job training courses..

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Springfield Expands Range Of Gunshot Detection System

Information about gunfire detected by the ShotSpotter system is shown on a laptop computer used by Springfield Police.
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Police in Springfield Massachusetts are deploying more technology to combat gun violence. A community organization raised money to expand the area covered by a gunshot detection system.

The area of Springfield now covered by a gunshot detection system called ShotSpotter has been roughly doubled to six square miles. Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet described the technology as a “ force multiplier”  that is helping law enforcement, hampered by budget cuts, cope with an issue currently at the center of national debate.

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New England News
5:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Springfield Police Expand Use Of Gunshot Detection Technology

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Police in Springfield Massachusetts are expanding the use of gunshot detection technology.

   The area of Springfield now covered by the  gun shot detection system has been roughly doubled. The expansion was paid for by $120,000 in private donations collected by the New North Citizens Council as part of the civic organization’s safe neighborhood initiative. Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet said the technology can put police on a crime scene in time to make an arrest and seize a gun

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New England News
12:18 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Pope Francis Means Reform In Catholic Church

Rev. Gary Dailey
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Rev. Gary Dailey is director of the Office of Vocations for the Springfield Diocese. He travels frequently to the Vatican. He spoke with WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about Pope Francis

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New England News
8:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Hispanics Elated Over New Pope

The Legion of the Mary prayer group in Springfield MA
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Latinos in western Massachusetts are thrilled with the first Latin American Pope.

The selection of Pope  Francis from Argentina, resonated with members of the Legion of The Mary, an Hispanic  women’s prayer group, that meets in Springfield on Wednesday evenings. Magdalina Sofia Pagan is the group’s leader

Jasmine Falcon said a Spanish speaking Pope will be good for the church.

Hispanics account for 70 percent of the growth of the US Catholic Church.

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New England News
7:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Hispanic Catholics In Western Massachusetts Thrilled With New Pope

Monsignor Juan Garcia
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Monsignor Juan Garcia, a native of Peru, is Vicar for Catholic Latino Ministries  in western Massachusetts. He spoke in Springfield with WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about the selection of Pope Francis from Argentina

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New England News
2:56 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

AG Says Massachusetts Towns Can Not Ban Marijuana Centers

The Massachusetts Attorney General says towns can not impose a total ban on marijuana treatment centers.

   The attorney general’s office said an outright ban conflicts with the medical marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters last year.  Communities can adopt zoning-by-laws to regulate the location of the dispensaries, and temporary moratoriums are ok to allow for time to put the zoning in place. Michael Cutler is an attorney in Northampton, who represents several clients looking to open marijuana treatment centers.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Massachusetts Announces New Help For Veterans

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Massachusetts has  launched  a new effort to end homelessness among military veterans during the course of the next three years.  Officials hailed the announcement as another example of  why Massachusetts leads the nation in services to veterans.  All those services come with some red tape, which the state is also trying to help veterans cut through .

  

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New England News
5:53 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Local Catholics Have Hopes And Expectations For Next Pope

Rev. Timothy McDonnell, Bishop of the Springfield Diocese con-celebrates a mass for the election of a pope at St Michael's Cathedral in Springfield
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As cardinals gathered in Rome to select a new pope from among their ranks, local Catholic churches held special masses. 

   The Most Rev. Timothy McDonnell, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield  did something Tuesday for just the fifth time since 1963. He said a Mass for the Election of a Pope.  McDonnell was joined by 15 priests to con-celebrate the special mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield.  He prayed for a new pope whose most important traits will be holiness and wisdom.

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