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
5:40 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
Credit WAMC

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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New England News
11:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Polls Show Markey In The Lead In Massachusetts Senate Race

Polls show Democratic  Congressman Ed Markey is the frontrunner in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts.   His primary opponent, Congressman Stephen Lynch is trying to shore up support among key Democratic constituencies. 

   The dean of the Massachusetts delegation, Ed Markey has a huge lead of 29 points over his Democratic primary opponent, fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch, in a poll released this week by the Boston Herald and  UMass Lowell. Markey leads Lynch, 50 percent to 21 percent among likely primary voters.

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New England News
5:38 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Groups To Lobby Massachusetts Lawmakers For Transit Bills

Credit WAMC

A coalition of transit riders, community leaders and activists plans to lobby Massachusetts legislators Wednesday. 

The coalition, called the Public Transit-Public Good campaign is urging people to telephone their state representatives and the office of Speaker DeLeo to urge support for two bills.  One would bring new revenue to transit authorities and lower fares for seniors, students and the poor, according to Linda Stone , an organizer with the Massachusetts Senior Action Council.

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New England News
5:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Pilot Program To Help Homeless Secure Jobs

A workforce development program for homeless families has been launched in western Massachusetts with the help of a major grant from a charitable foundation.  

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New England News
4:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Homeless Families In Motels Down 45% In Western Mass.

There has been a 45 percent decline in the number of homeless families sheltered in motels in western Massachusetts.

   The number of homeless families sheltered in motel rooms in western Massachusetts has fallen from 513 at the end of July to 283 as of March 1st, according to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.  Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein said Governor Patrick is proposing to increase spending on homelessness prevention programs  so that the use of  motel rooms as emergency shelters  can be  stoped next year.

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New England News
12:04 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Mohegan Sun Adds Amenities To Western Mass. Casino Project

Mohegan Sun officials continue to keep most details of their western Massachusetts casino project close to the vest.  Top officials from the gaming company addressed a public meeting Monday night  in Palmer attended by about 200 people. 

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New England News
10:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mohegan Sun Officials Address Palmer Casino Forum

Officials with Mohegan Sun addressed a meeting of 200 town officials and residents in Palmer Monday night about plans for a resort casino in the rural western Massachusetts town.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mohegan Sun To Present Casino Plans At Public Forum In Palmer

One of the gaming industry heavyweights looking to build a resort  casino in western Massachusetts is expected to reveal more details about its project tonight at  an eagerly anticipated  public meeting. 

Mohegan Sun officials are expected to reveal changes to their original plans for a $600 million resort casino development in Palmer to address the competition that has sprung up in the last year for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  The meeting is scheduled for 7PM at  Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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New England News
6:24 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Mayor Urges Support For Gov.Patrick's Local Aid Increase

The mayor of Springfield  has written to legislative leadings urging them to support a proposal from Governor Deval Patrick to increase local aid by about $30 million.

In his letter, Mayor Domenic Sarno says Springfield has gone through six years of  tight budgets that have reduced the municipal workforce from about 1600 people to about 1200.  Total unrestricted local aid to cities and towns has been slashed by more than $400 million since 2008 according to Geoffrey Beckwith, director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

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