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
5:21 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Formal Inauguration For UMass Amherst Chancellor

Credit WAMC

A formal inauguration ceremony will be held Saturday for the chancellor of  UMass Amherst.

   Kumble Subbaswamy, took office back in July, but his formal inauguration as chancellor was delayed until this week to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the flagship campus. In an earlier interview, Subbaswamy talked about his plans for improving UMass Amherst

   More than 50 colleges, universities, honor societies and professional organizations from across the US and Canada will be represented at Saturday’s ceremony

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New England News
8:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Trash Clean Up Event Is Set

People in several cities will take part this weekend in the nation’s largest community improvement project.

   The Keep America Beautiful organization promotes the Great American Clean-up on weekends in April to encourage people to pick up trash, and remove small debris from parks, school yards and other public ways.  Melvin Edwards of Keep Springfield Beautiful says more than one million tons of trash has been collected over the last six years.

   Volunteers can go to one of four locations to pick up free bags, gloves and bottled water.

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New England News
4:35 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Massachusetts Economy Grows Solidly In First Quarter

The Massachusetts economy outpaced the  nations as a whole during the first  three months of this year.  

   The U.S. gross domestic product grew at a rate of 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013. By contrast, the state’s economy grew by 3.9 percent, according to MassBenchmarks, the UMass economic journal.  Robert Nakosteen, a UMass Amherst economics professor said the Massachusetts economy was bolstered by a strong technology sector, growth in construction, and a stunning  jump in personal income.

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New England News
3:47 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

A Dinosaur Donated By An Amherst College Alumnus Is Ready For Public Debut

A worker puts finishing touches on the new dinosaur skeleton at Amherst College's Beneski Musuem of Natural History
Credit Amherst College

A new exhibit opens to the public Saturday at the natural history museum at Amherst College. It is one of only two skeletons of a particular dinosaur species on display in the world. 

The Dryosaurus altus was one of the smaller dinosaurs that roamed the earth 150 million years ago, but it is a big presence now at the Beneski Museum of Natural  History at  Amherst  College. This specific skeleton is one of the most complete and best preserved of its species, according to museum director Tekla Harms.

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New England News
6:47 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Tornado Debris To Be Removed From Waterway

Watershops Pond after the June 1,2011 tornado
Credit Preservation Massachusetts Inc

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have announced plans to remove tornado debris from a waterway to enhance a recreational area. 

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New England News
4:52 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

UMass Amherst Sees A New Interest In Agriculture Study

As part of its 150th anniversary observance officials broke ground on Thursday to build a new agricultural learning center at UMass Amherst. 

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Volunteers To Repair Houses In Poor Neighborhood

Credit WAMC

A massive housing renovation project will take place this Saturday in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  A thousand volunteers will pack two contiguous streets  in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and do major repair  work on more than two dozen homes..

   Carol Granado is excited about the work planned on her home at 163 Tyler Street that will include a new roof, exterior painting, new bathroom plumbing and three new windows.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Markey Is Target Of Conservative Group's Ad

A conservative political group is airing a radio ad that takes aim at Democrat Edward Markey in the Massachusetts special Senate election. 

  

   The super PAC, Committee For A Better Massachusetts, which backs Republican Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is paying for an ad that depicts a doorman telling a woman that a political candidate has come calling.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Democratic Senate Candidates Drop The Gloves In Final Debate

U.S. Representative Edward Markey and U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch held a fiery debate in Springfield one week before the April 30 primary for Senate.
Credit The Springfield Republican ( debate pool photograph)

With just a week remaining before the primaries in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the two Democratic candidates held a debate in Springfield last night that was punctuated with heated rhetoric. 

The two veteran U.S. Representatives, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, argued bitterly over their Congressional voting records on issues ranging from homeland security to health care to the bailout of the automobile industry. Markey accused Lynch of personal attacks and deliberate distortions, while Lynch at one point called Markey a “liar.”

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New England News
10:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Democratic Senate Candidates Hold Fiery Debate

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey at a Democratic senate candidates debate in Springfield
Credit The Republican ( debate pool photograph)

The two Democratic candidates in the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts argued bitterly over their Congressional voting records for much of an hour long debate Tuesday night in Springfield.

Representative Stephen Lynch and Representative Edward Markey slammed each other over votes on issues including homeland security, healthcare reform, and free trade.  At one point, Lynch called Markey a “ liar” after Markey claimed  Lynch had opposed the federal bailout of the auto industry in 2008.

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