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
Sat June 8, 2013

Mohegan Sun Adds Water Park, Hotel To Palmer Casino Project

An artist's rendering of the Mohegan Sun's proposed casino in Palmer, MA

Mohegan Sun has announced the addition of a water park and a second hotel to its proposed casino project in western Massachusetts. 

Mohegan Sun said the new features at its proposed resort casino in Palmer will increase the project investment to nearly $1 billion , which would make it the largest in the competition for the lone western Massachusetts casino license.   Palmer Town Council member Paul Burns said it ups the ante for all other casino developers.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Veterans Coached On Job Search Skills

Credit WAMC

The unemployment rate for military veterans remains higher than the national average.  Veterans in western Massachusetts had an opportunity on Friday to get job search advice from employment specialists.

   U.S. Army veteran James Scurry of Springfield knows how frustrating looking for a job can be.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Walmart Workers Strike To Attend Shareholders' Meeting

Walmart strikers David Coulombe and Aubretia Edick of Massachusetts
Credit W Mass Jobs With Justice

Inspired by the civil rights era freedom rides a group of  activists have caravanned to Bentonville Arkansas for this Friday’s Walmart shareholders’ meeting.   The activists include so-called “ strikers” –Walmart employees who have left their jobs to make the trip.  The union- backed labor group  OUR Walmart organized the caravans to call attention to what it claims is the retail giant’s history of retaliation against activist workers.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with one of the Walmart  “ strikers”- Aubretia Edick.  She has worked for Walmart for 13 years, fi

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New England News
5:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Anti-casino Group Demands Debates With Springfield's Mayor

Springfield Mayo Domenic Sarno on April 30,2013 announced an agreement with MGM Resorts to build an $800 million resort casino. The deal is subject to approval by Springfield voters in a July 16th referendum
Credit WAMC

An anti-casino group in Springfield Massachusetts is demanding debates with the city’s mayor before next months’ casino referendum.

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New England News
3:26 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Senate Candidates Begin Debates

In less than three weeks Massachusetts voters will head to the polls for the third time in just over three years to elect a United States Senator.  Voter interest in the race to replace John Kerry-now secretary of state- remains low.

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New England News
5:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Wednesday Is Voter Registration Deadline For Special U.S. Senate Election

The deadline to register to vote in the special Senate election in Massachusetts is today

Most city and town halls will stay open until 8pm to accommodate people who need to register to vote in the special election on June 25th.   Gladys Oyola, Election Commissioner for the city of Springfield does not expect to sign up a lot of new voters. She said interest remains low in the contest between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

One-year Anniversary Of Police Officer's Death Observed

Springfield Police maintain a 24-hour vigil Tuesday June 4,2013 at the memorial to fallen officers in front of the police headquarters. It is the one-year anniversary of the death of patrolman Kevin Ambrose
Credit WAMC

One year has passed since veteran police officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed in Springfield Massachusetts.  It had been more than 25 years since a Springfield police officer had died in the line of duty.  Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet  is asking people everywhere today to show support for police by putting on a blue light or placing a blue ribbon on a tree or a pole.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the aide to the commissioner,  Police Sergeant John Delaney

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New England News
7:36 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Tim Murray Leaves Lieutenant Governor's Office

Tim Murray officially leaves office today after 6 ½ years as Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor

Murray had a large portfolio in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.  He was an advocate for veterans’ services and preserving the state’s military bases. He also worked on issues involving homelessness and domestic violence.  Murray was the administration’s chief liaison with local government officials

Massachusetts will go without a lieutenant governor until a new one is elected in 2014 and takes office in January 2015.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Events Set For Gay Pride Week In Springfield Massachusetts

Credit WAMC

Gay Pride Week is being observed with a series of events in Springfield Massachusetts.  It started on Thursday when more than 100 people gathered in the sweltering midday sun to observe the raising of the rainbow flag outside city hall.  WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Amaad Rivera, the president and founder of Springfield Pride.

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New England News
6:31 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Mayor Requests Moment Of Reflection On Tornado Anniversary

The June 1 2011 tornado caused heavy damage around Watershops Pond in Springfield, MA
Credit Preservation Massachusetts Inc

Saturday marks two years since a powerful tornado tore a 39 mile long path of destruction through western Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno  and the city’s parks department  will host a brunch to honor individuals and organizations for tornado rebuilding efforts.  The mayor has also called for a city-wide moment of reflection at the time the tornado touched down two years ago.

The tornado was the most powerful to hit Massachusets in a half century. It claimed three lives.

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