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
6:15 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Casino Vote Set In Springfield For July 16

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The casino project proposed in Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International will be put to the city’s voters in mid-July.

The Springfield City Council has voted unanimously to set July 16th as the date for the citywide casino referendum. The council also authorized $95,000 for a voter education campaign.  Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said her office will use direct mail, print, television and internet advertising to promote the casino vote.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Western Mass. Tourist Sites Promoted In Pennsylvania

Tourism professionals from western Massachusetts are a three-day bus trip to Pennsylvania to promote the region to group tour operators
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A first ever collaborative effort is under way to jointly promote tourist attractions in the Berkshires and the greater  Springfield area in Massachusetts.

   A bus carrying two dozen people representing many of the top tourist attractions in western Massachusetts departed from the Big E fairgrounds in West Springfield Tuesday morning bound for Pennsylvania.  The group has meetings scheduled over the next three days with 17 tour operators to sell the region as an ideal destination for group bus trips.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Complaints Voiced At Forum About VA Claims Backlog

A forum on veterans' services held at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home focused largely on the VA claims backlog
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The big backlog of claims for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was highlighted at a forum  Monday in western Massachusetts.  The issue brought federal, state and local officials together at the state-owned Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. 

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New England News
4:47 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Guilty Pleas In Northampton Arson Deaths

The Hampden County Hall of Justice in Springfield where Anthony Baye pleaded guilty to setting a series of fires in Northampton between 2007 and 2009.
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A man has pleaded guilty to setting a series of fires over two years in a Northampton Massachusetts neighborhood including one fire that claimed two lives.

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New England News
9:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Farm Market Season Opens

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A very snowy winter and  a chilly start to spring in the northeast,has  people looking forward to the opening of farmers’ markets.  The number of farmers’ markets in Massachusetts has grown in each of the last several years.  The Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield opened for its 16th season last Tuesday. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief spoke with the long time market manager Belle Rita Novak

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New England News
9:48 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Casino Opponents In Springfield Promise A Fight

MGM Resorts must now convince voters in Springfield Massachusetts to endorse the company’s western Massachusetts casino project.

The unanimous vote for a casino development agreement with MGM by the Springfield City Council Friday night sets up a likely mid-July voter referendum.  MGM has spents millions already marketing its casino plans in Springfield. But, Bishop Timothy Paul of the Council of Churchs of Western Massachusetts vows opposing voices will be heard.

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New England News
9:44 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Springfield City Council Approves MGM Casino Deal

Springfield City Councilor Kenneth Shea speaks during debate on a host community agreement with casino developer MGM Resorts International.
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The casino project proposed in downtown Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International has cleared another hurdle. The city council unanimously endorsed the project Friday night and authorized a city wide voter referendum.

   The vote by the Springfield City Council came after about 90 minutes of debate during a special meeting Friday night and was greeted by cheers in the packed council chambers.

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New England News
5:11 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Sarno Administration Ready To Answer Questions About Casino Deal

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the selection of MGM Resorts to develop an $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield
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The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts says he is ready to defend a casino development deal that will be debated by the city council at a special meeting on Friday

Mayor Domenic Sarno said his economic development advisors and hired casino consultants will answer any questions councilors have about the host community agreement he signed last week with MGM Resorts.

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New England News
3:44 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Summer Jobs Program Looking For Employers

Kyreem Kynard, community activist and youth mentor spoke at the kick off to the summer youth jobs campaign 2013
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Facing what experts predict will be the toughest youth job market in 40 years, a summer youth jobs campaign was launched on Wednesday in western Massachusetts.

A workforce development agency announced a goal of securing 1,000 jobs this summer for youth in Hampden County, a number only slightly higher than the 945 jobs created for young people last year.

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New England News
6:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Springfield High School English Teacher Named Mass. Teacher Of The Year

Springfield Central High School teacher Anne Marie Bettencourt with two of her students. Milan Brown(left) and Xavier Restof.
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A ninth grade English teacher at Springfield Central High School has been singled out for a top honor in her profession in Massachusetts.

Anne Marie Bettencourt said it was a teacher who convinced her to stay in school when she was a student at New Bedford High School. Now she pays it forward as she works in a program to improve the graduation rate at Springfield Central High School where she teaches freshman English.  Bettencourt was introduced as Massachusetts Teacher of The Year at a surprise program on Tuesday in the school’s library.

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