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
12:18 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Pope Francis Means Reform In Catholic Church

Rev. Gary Dailey
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Rev. Gary Dailey is director of the Office of Vocations for the Springfield Diocese. He travels frequently to the Vatican. He spoke with WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about Pope Francis

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New England News
8:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Hispanics Elated Over New Pope

The Legion of the Mary prayer group in Springfield MA
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Latinos in western Massachusetts are thrilled with the first Latin American Pope.

The selection of Pope  Francis from Argentina, resonated with members of the Legion of The Mary, an Hispanic  women’s prayer group, that meets in Springfield on Wednesday evenings. Magdalina Sofia Pagan is the group’s leader

Jasmine Falcon said a Spanish speaking Pope will be good for the church.

Hispanics account for 70 percent of the growth of the US Catholic Church.

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New England News
7:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Hispanic Catholics In Western Massachusetts Thrilled With New Pope

Monsignor Juan Garcia
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Monsignor Juan Garcia, a native of Peru, is Vicar for Catholic Latino Ministries  in western Massachusetts. He spoke in Springfield with WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about the selection of Pope Francis from Argentina

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New England News
2:56 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

AG Says Massachusetts Towns Can Not Ban Marijuana Centers

The Massachusetts Attorney General says towns can not impose a total ban on marijuana treatment centers.

   The attorney general’s office said an outright ban conflicts with the medical marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters last year.  Communities can adopt zoning-by-laws to regulate the location of the dispensaries, and temporary moratoriums are ok to allow for time to put the zoning in place. Michael Cutler is an attorney in Northampton, who represents several clients looking to open marijuana treatment centers.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Massachusetts Announces New Help For Veterans

The Massachusetts Soldiers' Home in Holyoke
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Massachusetts has  launched  a new effort to end homelessness among military veterans during the course of the next three years.  Officials hailed the announcement as another example of  why Massachusetts leads the nation in services to veterans.  All those services come with some red tape, which the state is also trying to help veterans cut through .

  

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New England News
5:53 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Local Catholics Have Hopes And Expectations For Next Pope

Rev. Timothy McDonnell, Bishop of the Springfield Diocese con-celebrates a mass for the election of a pope at St Michael's Cathedral in Springfield
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As cardinals gathered in Rome to select a new pope from among their ranks, local Catholic churches held special masses. 

   The Most Rev. Timothy McDonnell, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield  did something Tuesday for just the fifth time since 1963. He said a Mass for the Election of a Pope.  McDonnell was joined by 15 priests to con-celebrate the special mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield.  He prayed for a new pope whose most important traits will be holiness and wisdom.

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New England News
4:58 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Massachusetts Early Childhood Education Commissioner Quits

The commissioner for early childhood education in Massachusetts has resigned.

   Sherri Killins work to expand early childhood education opportunities during her time as commissioner was praised by many in the field.  Joan Kagen, president of Square One  in Springfield said Killins focused on professionalizing pre-school programs.

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New England News
3:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Correspondent For Catholic Communications Talks About Picking A Pope

It is an important day for the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals are meeting in Rome to elect a new pope.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke this afternoon with Rev. William Pomerleau.  He is pastor at Our Lady of The Sacred Heart in Springfield Massachusetts, an expert on church procedure and a correspondent  for Catholic Communications.

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Casino Operators Say They'll Draw Big Crowds Without Big Traffic Problems

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno plans to begin negotiations today with the two casino companies competing for development rights.  Top executives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he appreciates that two world class developers are each prepared to invest up to $1 billion dollars  for economic development in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Casino Operators Discuss Traffic Plans At Springfield Forum

Top executives from the two casino companies competing for development rights in Springfield Massachusetts gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

MGM  Resorts C-E-O Jim Murran said a traffic plan has been developed to mitigate any problems that might arise as a result of his company’s proposed $800 million casino project in the south end of downtown Springfield.

Penn National Gaming CEO Peter Carlino said his company’s north end casino would improve mass transit.

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