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
5:53 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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New England News
4:58 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Massachusetts Early Childhood Education Commissioner Quits

The commissioner for early childhood education in Massachusetts has resigned.

   Sherri Killins work to expand early childhood education opportunities during her time as commissioner was praised by many in the field.  Joan Kagen, president of Square One  in Springfield said Killins focused on professionalizing pre-school programs.

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New England News
3:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Correspondent For Catholic Communications Talks About Picking A Pope

It is an important day for the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals are meeting in Rome to elect a new pope.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke this afternoon with Rev. William Pomerleau.  He is pastor at Our Lady of The Sacred Heart in Springfield Massachusetts, an expert on church procedure and a correspondent  for Catholic Communications.

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Casino Operators Say They'll Draw Big Crowds Without Big Traffic Problems

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno plans to begin negotiations today with the two casino companies competing for development rights.  Top executives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he appreciates that two world class developers are each prepared to invest up to $1 billion dollars  for economic development in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Casino Operators Discuss Traffic Plans At Springfield Forum

Top executives from the two casino companies competing for development rights in Springfield Massachusetts gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

MGM  Resorts C-E-O Jim Murran said a traffic plan has been developed to mitigate any problems that might arise as a result of his company’s proposed $800 million casino project in the south end of downtown Springfield.

Penn National Gaming CEO Peter Carlino said his company’s north end casino would improve mass transit.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown Joins Law Firm

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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has a new job with an international law firm.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Activists Oppose Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance

A house left vacant after a foreclosure in Springfield in 2011
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The city of Springfield Massachusetts is considering changing a local ordinance that was hailed as a national model for addressing problems caused by foreclosures. Community activists, who championed the ordinance when it passed almost two years ago, accuse city officials of caving into the banks.

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New England News
6:23 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Springfield To Hold Second Casino Forum

The city of Springfield Massachusetts is hosting a forum on Monday where two casino operators will again be able to pitch their proposals to the public.

At Monday afternoon’s forum , representatives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming will talk about how their projects will impact traffic and existing entertainment venues in Springfield. Mayor Domenic Sarno said the forum is an important part of the city’s casino selection process.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Springfield Will Save Millions In Energy Costs After Online Auction

People shopping for a bargain typically turn to the internet and the same is true for at least one cash strapped city in western Massachusetts. 

   The city of Springfield is projected to save more than $2.6 million dollars on its electric bill in the next fiscal year after participating in an online auction to purchase electricity. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the new energy contract on Friday. He said it was an impressive accomplishment that comes as the city is facing potentially deep budget cuts.

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New England News
4:44 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Changes Sought In Foreclosure Ordinance To Settle Banks' Suit

An abandoned foreclosed house in Springfield in 2011
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To settle a lawsuit by several banks, the city of Springfield Massachusetts may change an ordinance hailed as a national model for addressing the foreclosure crisis. 

   The city is considering exempting banks from a requirement to pay a $10,000  bond  with each foreclosure. Banks would have to meet other conditions, such as hiring a local property manager. Former Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera, who was lead sponsor of the ordinance said the change is a loophole  for the banks that does nothing to help neighborhoods blighted by foreclosures.

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