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
3:53 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Names Interim U.S. Senator

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Credit Mass.Governor's Office

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has tapped a close confidant , advisor and long time friend to be the state’s interim United States Senator.   William “ Mo” Cowan  will temporarily replace John Kerry until a special election is held later this year.   

To temporarily fill the senate vacancy Governor Patrick turned away from high profile politicians and turned to his former chief of staff and one –time chief legal counsel. Cowan, a 43 year old African American pledged to go to Washington   mindful of the needs and aspirations of  Massachusetts residents.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Sets June 25 For Special Senate Election

A voter and his son at a polling place in Springfield MA on election day 2012
Credit WAMC

With Senator John Kerry’s resignation taking effect Friday, and an interim appointee named, the field is taking shape  for the special senate election in Massachusetts.

The special election scheduled for June 25th will be the third time since January 2010 that Massachusetts voters trek to the polls to pick a US Senator.   The new campaign is launching just a couple of months after Massachusetts voters settled the most expensive race in the nation between then incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown and now Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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New England News
7:35 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Western New England University Receives $1 Million Gift

A $1 million gift to Western New England University in Springfield will establish and equip a unique  interactive classroom for business students. 

   The donation from the estate of a couple who built a business from the ground up will create a financial trading room where students can buy and sell securities and commodities using the same real time information available to Wall Street traders. Attorney Jeffrey Sagalyn, a longtime friend of the late Frances and Norman Cohen said the couple credited what they learned at the University for their business success

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New England News
4:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Kerry's Confirmation Kicks Off Massachusetts Senate Race

Credit WAMC

The confirmation of John Kerry as Secretary of State starts  the third senate contest in Massachusetts since 2010.

The special election to fill Kerry’s unexpired senate term is expected to be held on  June 25th.  Gladys Oyola, the city of Springfield’s election commissioner said it’s a good date, as it is just after schools close but before the busy vacation season.

Democratic Congressman Ed Markey is the only announced candidate for the special election ,so far.  Governor Patrick will name an interim appointee to fill Kerry’s seat until the special election.

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New England News
3:39 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

New Police Radio System Activated In Western Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Police, Tuesday, activated a new digital radio system in western Massachusetts. It promises to enhance public safety through improved communications.

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New England News
6:39 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Election For Kerry's Senate Seat Expected On June 25

Credit WAMC

The US Senate is expected to vote Tuesday to confirm John Kerry as Secretary of State setting the stage for a special election in Massachusetts. 

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New England News
6:30 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Changes Sought To Massachusetts Wiretap Law

Martha Coakley

The state’s top law enforcement official, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says when it comes to communications technology criminals have the upper hand because the state’s current wiretap law has not been upgraded since 1968.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Tax Return Season Begins

The IRS has delayed the opening of the 2013 federal tax filing season until this Wednesday, January 30.  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is already accepting state returns. The D-O-R kicked off the tax return season with a new one stop web page.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner, Amy Pitter.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Negotiations With Casino Developers Delayed

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has announced a delay in negotiations over building a resort casino downtown. The city will take more time to review written proposals from two casino operators competing for the city’s support. 

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New England News
4:34 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Gov. Patrick Asks Municipal Leaders To Back Tax Hikes

Credit Dwight Sipler

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick urged city and town leaders Friday to support his call for a big tax hike.

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