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
7:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Limits On Outsider Spending In Massachusetts Senate Race Rejected

Republican Gabriel Gomez is rejecting calls from Democrat Ed Markey to sign a pledge to keep outside groups from buying campaign ads in the special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

 Gomez said  it is hypocritical for Markey to call for a spending limit after Markey has spent decades in Congress building a campaign war chest with contributions from special interest groups.  Markey , after winning the Democratic primary Tuesday warned that conservative super PACs will try to help elect Gomez.

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New England News
3:35 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Agreement Is Signed For MGM Casino Project In Springfield

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sign the host community agreement on MGM's casino project
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The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts and a top official with MGM Resorts International signed a casino development deal on Wednesday.  The signing ceremony marks the start of a campaign to convince the city’s voters to ratify the agreement.

      

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New England News
12:28 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Newcomer Gomez Vs. Politcal Veteran Markey In Mass. Senate Contest

A  newcomer to politics will take on a veteran U.S. Representative in the special election in Massachusetts  to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.  The contest has some echoes of Scott Brown’s upset victory in a special senate election three years ago. 

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New England News
6:49 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Springfield Mayor,MGM Officials To Sign Casino Agreement

Credit MGM Springfield

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will sign an agreement Wednesday with MGM officials to develop an $800 million casino in the city’s downtown.

Springfield would receive more than $25 million annually in taxes and other payments from MGM Resorts if it is successful in building the resort casino, under the terms of a comprehensive development agreement announced Tuesday by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
6:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Gomez Wins Republican Nomination

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A son of Columbian immigrants and a first time candidate has won the Republican nomination to run in the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by John Kerry.

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New England News
4:45 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Voting Underway In Massachusetts Senate Primary

A voter casts a ballot in Springfield MA in this file photo from 2012
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Turnout is said to be light in Massachusetts as voters take the first step toward electing the Senate successor to Secretary of State John Kerry.

   There is typically low voter interest when it comes to special primary elections, says Tim Vercellotti, political science professor at Western New England University. Plus  this election campaign was disrupted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

   Two Democrats, Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch and three  Republicans, Gabrial Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow, are the candidates. The special election final is on June 25th

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New England News
4:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Springfield Mayor Picks MGM As Casino Developer

Credit MGM Springfield

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has chosen MGM Resorts International to develop an $800 million casino project in the city’s downtown. It puts MGM one step closer to competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusett.

   Springfield would receive more than $25 million annually in taxes and other payments from MGM Resorts if it is successful in building the resort casino, under the terms of a comprehensive development agreement announced Tuesday by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
8:45 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Former Textile Mill To Be Converted To Housing

This former textile mill on Cottage Street in Easthampton MA will be turned into affordable housing in a $15 million project
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Construction work is expected to start this summer  to turn an old mill building in Easthampton Massachusetts into affordable housing. 

   A $15 million dollar project will turn a  more than century old former textile factory into 50 units of housing for families that meet income guidelines.  The project is being financed by federal and state tax credits.   Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik said turning old industrial buildings into housing is part of a strategy to revitalize downtown.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Massachusetts Official Says Progress Is Being Made In Moving Homeless Families From Motels

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There has been a big drop in the number of homeless families staying in motels at taxpayer expense in Massachusetts.  The state’s top housing official is confident a goal can be met to completely end the controversial practice.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

"The Eraser" Battles Graffiti In Springfield

The Great American Clean Up, the nation’s largest community improvement project, is taking place today  in several places, including Springfield Massachusetts. Hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash and small debris in parks, school yards and other public ways.  One of the organizers is Mike Cass, an employee in the city’s Office of Housing. His specialty is graffiti removal. Cass is so good at it that his official business card identifies him as “The Eraser.”   Cass spoke with WAMC’s Paul Tuthill.

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