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
6:15 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Urban Forest Grant Awarded To Chicopee

The Cabotville Historic Sycamore Trees, both believed to be 200 years old, in Chicopee MA
Credit WAMC

A western Massachusetts city that lost a considerable number of trees during storms last year has been awarded  a state grant to help re-green.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Ed Lambert, announced  a $23,500 Urban Forestry Grant award to Chicopee on Friday.  The grant, which requires a 50-50 match, means Chicopee will have $47,000 to spend to develop an urban forest management plan.

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New England News
5:06 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Ameristar Casinos Drops Plans For Casino In Springfield

An artist's rendering of the resort casino Ameristar had proposed in Springfield
Credit Ameristar Casinos

One of three companies that had been in the running to build a casino in Springfield Massachusetts has abruptly dropped out.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
4:18 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Holyoke Begins Review Process For Casino Projects

Credit Alex Morse

Officials in Holyoke Massachusetts are  moving quickly to entertain casino proposals after the mayor unexpectedly opened the door to developers.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Liberal Activists Rally On The "Fiscal Cliff"

Activists call for protecting social services and raising taxes on corporations and the rich during a rally in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

Dozens of activists from labor, faith-based and community groups rallied on Main Street in Springfield Massachusetts Thursday to send a message to budget negotiators in Washington.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

Speakers at the noon time rally said there should be no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or other social safety net programs  as a way to avoid the so-called “ fiscal cliff”.  Tim Carpenter, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America urged President Obama to back Main Street, not Wall Street.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

UMass President Promises More Accountability

UMass President Robert Caret
Credit WAMC

The president of the University of Massachusetts is promising more accountability and transparency at the five campus system..  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:10 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Casino Developers To Make Public Presentations In Springfield

The three companies competing to build a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts will each make a presentation at a public forum next month.   WAMC”s  Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:13 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population

A worker boards up windows at the apartment building for low income people owned by Friends of the Homeless. It was damaged by the natural gas explosion in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless.  There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and  a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Developers Look To Revive Holyoke Casino Project

Credit Alex Morse

The mayor of  Holyoke Massachusetts earlier this week, shockingly, opened the door to a casino development in his city.  Now a plan to build a resort casino on a golf course is being revived.  But is Holyoke too late in the casino game in western Massachusetts?     WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Almost ten months after newly elected Mayor Alex Morse almost literally slammed the door of his city hall office  on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Casino Developers Revive Holyoke Proposal

Credit Alex Morse

A plan to build a resort casino on a golf course in Holyoke Massachusetts is being revived, now that the city’s mayor has changed his position on the casino issue.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Almost ten months after newly elected Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse  almost literally slammed the door on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.

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New England News
4:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Lower Property Tax Bills Expected In Springfield Mass.

A foreclosed house in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

Property tax bills for a majority of  homeowners and business owners in Springfield Massachusetts are expected to be lower in 2013.  But the reason won’t make most homeowners happy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.

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