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
4:42 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Massachusetts Senate Candidates To Debate In Springfield

The candidates in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts will be debating in western Massachusetts.

   Two separate debates for the senate candidates will be held  in Springfield prior to the April 30th primaries.   The three Republicans candidates, Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow  will debate on March 28th at the City Stage Theatre.  The Democrats, Edward Markey and Steven Lynch have agreed to debate on April 18th at the Paramount Theater.  Political consultant Tony Cignoli says none of the candidates are well known in western Massachusetts

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

MGM Promotes Future Casino Jobs

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The lure of thousands of jobs in the fledgling Massachusetts gaming industry is powerful in the greater Springfield area, where unemployment remains high.  One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised. 

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New England News
6:51 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Event Showcases Careers In Resort Casino Industry

MGM Resort's career fair at the Mass Mutual Center. The event concludes on March 20
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One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised

   MGM Resorts brought about 30 of its employees from Las Vegas to Springfield to spend two days talking about what they do  in hotel operations, food, entertainment, finance, security and, of course, gaming.  Yvette Morales, who is college, said she was impressed by the career possibilities at a resort casino

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New England News
5:42 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Local Catholics Celebrate New Pope

A special mass was held at St.Michael's Cathedral in Springfield MA to mark the installation of Pope Francis
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Special masses were said in Catholic churches in the region today to mark the installation of  Pope Francis.  

   About 200 people braved a snowstorm to attend a noon mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, where Bishop Timothy McDonnell declared it a day to rejoice.

   The mass in Springfield took place several hours after the installation mass  for the new pope was held under bright blue skies in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican . The crowd there was estimated at between 150,000- 200,000 people.

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New England News
3:27 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Springfield City Council Rejects Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance

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City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts have voted to reject a settlement with several banks over a foreclosure ordinance.

The vote means the city can implement the ordinance even if the banks continue to challenge its legality in the federal appeals court.  The ordinance, passed in 2011, and upheld by a federal judge last year requires banks to post a$10,000 bond to maintain and secure vacant foreclosed property.  City councilor Melvin Edwards said city taxpayers will no longer have to pay to eradicate the blight that results from foreclosure.

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New England News
2:16 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Federal Budget Analyst Examines Iraq War Spending

The U.S.  government has spent more than $812 billion on the war in Iraq, according to the National Priorities Project, a research center based in Northampton Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Hellman, a senior budget analyst at the National Priorities Project about what taxpayers got for their money in Iraq.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Study Finds Many Medical Practices Closed To Disabled Patients

A new survey of medical specialists by researchers in Springfield Massachusetts found many could not accommodate patients who use a wheelchair.   The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act  mandates that all medical practitioners must provide full and equal access. 

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New England News
12:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Changes Called For In Housing Policies

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Community activists in several US cities are calling for changes in housing policies. They point to a shortage of affordable housing in the midst of a surplus of vacant, bank-foreclosed properties. One of  the cities where anti-poverty activists point to what they see as a housing crisis is Springfield Massachusetts. 

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New England News
5:58 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Springfield City Council To Take Up Changes To Foreclosure Law

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City Councilors in Springfield Massachusetts Monday night will consider changing a foreclosure ordinance to settle a lawsuit by several banks.

The change would exempt banks from having to post a $10,000 bond to secure and maintain foreclosed vacant property, if other conditions are met, including hiring a local property manager. A mediation program to help people at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure would be implemented. City Council Vice President Bud Williams said implementation of the ordinance has been blocked since it was passed almost two years ago.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Casino Operators Pledge To Hire Locally

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The two companies competing to build a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts have affirmed local hiring goals.

   Penn National Gaming says  its goal is to hire 90 percent of its workforce from the city of Springfield.  MGM Resorts said 35  percent of its employees would be city residents, and 90 percent would live in the Greater Springfield area.  William Ward, held of the Hampden Regional Employment Board said the agency will work with whichever company gets the casino license

   A consortium of community colleges plans to offer casino job training courses..

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