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
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
Credit WAMC

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.
Credit WAMC

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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New England News
3:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Council Schedules Special Meeting On MGM Springfield Casino Proposal

Credit MGM Springfield

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will hold a special meeting on Friday to debate a proposed casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

   City Council President James Ferrera said there is no need to rush a vote on the host community agreement that was signed last week by Mayor Domenic Sarno and a top MGM official. Ferrera, on Monday, invoked a procedural rule to postpone  debate on the agreement because he said he has questions about it.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Development Proposed Near Mohegan Sun's Palmer Casino Site

The ante has been upped in the competition for a resort casino development in western Massachusetts.

The company that owns land in Palmer off the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mohegan Sun hopes to build a resort casino announced plans Monday for a commercial development with stores, restaurants and a small hotel adjacent to the site of the proposed casino. Leon Dragone, manager of Northeast Reality Associates  said this would be built well before the state makes a decision on awarding a casino license in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
4:22 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Security Measures Reviewed For Large Events

Members of the Springfield Police Department K-9 unit at a community event at the White Street Elementary School. The newest member of the unit " Hunter" is with his partner Officer Tommy Horne
Credit WAMC

Police departments everywhere are reviewing security measures for large public events in light of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.  A large outdoor event that typically draws more than 10,000 people is taking place on Saturday in Springfield Massachusetts.

      

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New England News
6:39 am
Mon May 6, 2013

City Council To Begin Review Of Springfield MGM Casino Deal

Springfield MGM President Bill Hornbuckle,on left, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sign the host community agreement on May 1,2013
Credit WAMC

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will get its first opportunity on Monday to review a casino development deal with MGM Resorts International. 

   The agreement signed by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle will be formally transmitted on Monday to the city council for an up or down vote. Council approval is needed for the agreement to be put to  a  citywide voter referendum. City Council President James Ferrera said the council won’t drag its feet

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New England News
12:35 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Tornado Recovery Group's Mission Ends

The long term recovery group formed following the June 1st 2011 tornado in Springfield Massachusetts disbanded earlier this week. The group called Springfield Community Together consisted of volunteers from roughly a dozen philanthropic, faith based, and other non-profit organizations.  One of the board members of the long term recovery group was Steven Abdow, who is business manager for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.  He spoke with WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Springfield City Council To Review MGM Casino Deal

Credit MGM Springfield

City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts  appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International.   The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July.  Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign. 

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New England News
7:31 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Quick City Council Vote Seen On Springfield Casino Deal

Credit MGM Springfield

City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts appeared ready to act quickly on a proposed casino development deal with MGM Resorts. 

   Springfield City Council president James Ferrera expects the council will vote on the host community agreement within 2 weeks, in time to get a voter referendum held in mid-July, which is the target of the casino developer. Michael Kogut who heads Springfield Citizens Against Casino Gaming is trying to convince councilors to postpone the referendum until the fall.

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New England News
4:27 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Tornado Recovery Group Disbands

Volunteers posed at a tornado recovery project in Springfield MA

Twenty three months after a powerful tornado tore through Springfield Massachusetts a long term recovery group has disbanded. 

The group called Springfield Community Together has run out of money and run out of work to do. Steven Abdow  of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts  said the group helped about 600 tornado survivors with everything from major home repairs to removing debris from yards.

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