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
6:55 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Municipal Snow Budgets Battered By Weekend Storms

Credit WAMC

With a snow storm for a third consecutive weekend, snow removal budgets in Massachusetts are being drained. 

Weekend snow storms bring the added expense of overtime for many DPW workers. With a third weekend storm, many municipalities report snow removal budgets have been exhausted. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said half the $1.2 million budgeted for snow removal was spent before the blizzard two weeks ago.

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New England News
3:44 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Mass. US Sen. William "Mo" Cowan Visits Whately Farms

US Senator William "Mo"Cowan (D-MA) is shown a greenhouse at Nourse Farm in Whately by co-owner Mary Nourse.
Credit WAMC

The new U.S. Senator in Massachusetts , Mo Cowan, was on a fact-finding tour in western Massachusetts Friday.  Cowan is getting up to speed on farm policy.

The new senator visited the 800 acre  Nourse Farm  in Whately. The owners of the family farm expect to sell 30 million fruit plants including strawberries, blueberries and raspberries  to growers in the United States and overseas this year. It has an onsite research center for developing plants that are disease resistant.

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New England News
5:49 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Springfield City Library To Mark Centennial

A bust of Andrew Carnegie in the rotunda of the Springfield Central Library. The city's library system was started 100 years ago with an endowment from the industrialist
Credit WAMC

One of the largest resource libraries in western Massachusetts is marking its first century with an appeal for public help.

The Springfield City Library is holding an anniversary gala the evening of April 20th in the rotunda of the central library. Proceeds will go to the non profit, Friends of the City Library. The organization’s president Mary Ann Maloney says the group has raised $300,000 in recent years to augment shrinking library budgets

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New England News
6:36 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Veterans' Assistance Center Opens At State Run Soldiers' Home

The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke MA
Credit WAMC

A new veterans’ assistance center has opened at the state run soldiers’ nursing  home in Holyoke.

The center will provide veterans of  all ages with help in obtaining government benefits their military service entitles them to,community referrals, and interaction with local veteran service agents The new center was praised Thursday by the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz

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New England News
4:44 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Funds Available To Farms Damaged By Blizzard

Credit CISA

A fund that was set up to help western Massachusetts farms damaged by Hurricane Irene is being re-opened in response to the February blizzard.  

The emergency farm fund, operated by the non profit Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture offers zero interest loans up to $10,000.  CISA director Philip Korman says the blizzard caused a number of greenhouse collapses.

The deadline application is March 31st.  The fund paid out a total of $93,000  following Irene in in 2011. It has been replenished by donations from individuals and businesses ranging from $5 to $20,000

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New England News
5:55 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Officials Fight Expected Cuts At Westover Air Reserve Base

A C-5 Galaxy on the flight line at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee MA
Credit US Air Force

A campaign continues to save a western Massachusetts military base from expected Pentagon budget cuts.   

   Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette is fighting a plan to transfer half of the current fleet of C-5 cargo planes from  the Westover Air Force Reserve Base

   Bissonnette said he recently met with US Senator Elizabeth Warren  to impress on her the importance of the base.  Congressman Richard Neal also opposes downsizing Westover.  The base employs 5500 hundred people and puts $240 million in payroll into the local economy.

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New England News
5:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

New York Times Co. Puts Boston Globe Up For Sale

The New  York Times  is putting its New England holdings, including the Boston Globe up for sale. 

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New England News
3:45 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Chicopee Casino Proposal Dies As Potential Developers Opt For Slots License

Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette who delivered the annual State of the City Address on Feb.20,2013
Credit WAMC

A long shot bid by the city of Chicopee to get into the casino competition in Massachusetts has failed. But, the city’s mayor says Chicopee does not need casino money to survive

Two developers that had looked into the possibility of a casino project in Chicopee informed Massachusetts gaming industry regulators Tuesday they will compete instead for a license to operate a slots parlor.  Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette had spoken with officials from both Rush Street Gaming and the Cordish Companies about converting a former mill in Chicopee Center into a casino.

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New England News
6:10 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Hearings Begin On Massachusetts State Budget

Massachusetts legislators begin a series of public hearings around the state Wednesday on Governor Patrick’s proposed $34.8 billion state budget. 

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

ER Doctors Help Gun Buyback Effort

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A gun buyback program in western Massachusetts has received a boost from some people who are almost daily witnesses to the problem of gun violence.  

Trauma surgeons, other doctors, and staff at Baystate Medical Center, as well as the hospital itself are helping to fund  the gun buyback program that will be held March 2nd at the Springfield Police Dept Headquarters. Dr. Ronald Gross, the chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the hospital spearheaded the effort that resulted in a contribution of $2,450 to buyback guns.

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