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
12:04 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Mohegan Sun Adds Amenities To Western Mass. Casino Project

Mohegan Sun officials continue to keep most details of their western Massachusetts casino project close to the vest.  Top officials from the gaming company addressed a public meeting Monday night  in Palmer attended by about 200 people. 

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New England News
10:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mohegan Sun Officials Address Palmer Casino Forum

Officials with Mohegan Sun addressed a meeting of 200 town officials and residents in Palmer Monday night about plans for a resort casino in the rural western Massachusetts town.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mohegan Sun To Present Casino Plans At Public Forum In Palmer

One of the gaming industry heavyweights looking to build a resort  casino in western Massachusetts is expected to reveal more details about its project tonight at  an eagerly anticipated  public meeting. 

Mohegan Sun officials are expected to reveal changes to their original plans for a $600 million resort casino development in Palmer to address the competition that has sprung up in the last year for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  The meeting is scheduled for 7PM at  Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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New England News
6:24 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Mayor Urges Support For Gov.Patrick's Local Aid Increase

The mayor of Springfield  has written to legislative leadings urging them to support a proposal from Governor Deval Patrick to increase local aid by about $30 million.

In his letter, Mayor Domenic Sarno says Springfield has gone through six years of  tight budgets that have reduced the municipal workforce from about 1600 people to about 1200.  Total unrestricted local aid to cities and towns has been slashed by more than $400 million since 2008 according to Geoffrey Beckwith, director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

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New England News
6:03 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Economists Hopeful About Massachusetts Growth

There is great uncertainty about the impact the federal budget cuts, through the process known as sequestration, will have on the Massachusetts economy.   But regional economists remain cautiously optimistic, according to an analysis released this week.  

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New England News
3:21 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gun Buyback Is Set For Saturday

Credit Flickr/Smarter's Photos

People in western Massachusetts will have an opportunity on Saturday to turn in un-wanted firearms for safe disposal.

   The Hampden County District Attorney and Springfield Police Department are running a gun buyback program from 10 AM to 5 PM at the police headquarters. District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said it’s a chance for someone who may have an old gun stashed in the basement to get rid of it before it winds up in the hands of a criminal

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New England News
12:23 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Five Candidates Run In Massachusetts Senate Race

Gabriel Gomez launched his campaign for US Senate in Massachusetts at an American Legion Hall in West Springfield. He is one of three Republicans and two Democrats in the race.
Credit WAMC

For a time it appeared Republicans would struggle to field a candidate for the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  But when the deadline passed earlier this week for candidates to submit 10,000 signatures it turned out that three people will compete for the party’s nomination.

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New England News
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Public Forum Set In Palmer On Mohegan Casino Project

Casino backers in the town of Palmer Massachusetts are anxiously awaiting a public presentation next week from Mohegan Sun, which has looked to develop a resort casino in the town for several years.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Gabriel Gomez Enters Republican Senate Race

Gabriel Gomez speaks at an American Legion hall in West Springfield, MA during the launch of his campaign for the Republican nomination for US Senate in the upcoming special election
Credit WAMC

Gabriel Gomez,one of the three Republicans running in the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, formally launched his campaign on Thursday with events across the state.

Speaking at an American Legion Hall in West Springfield, Gomez introduced himself as a fresh faced political outsider with an appealing life story. He’s the son of Columbian immigrants, a former Navy SEAL and a successful businessman.  He said reducing government spending, and creating  jobs are top priorities

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New England News
7:11 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Three Republicans In Senate Race In Massachusetts

The campaigns of three Republican senate hopefuls in Massachusetts say they’ve collected enough signatures to qualify for the April primary ballot.

The un-expected three-way Republican primary will include Gabriel Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL. Former U.S Attorney for Massachusetts, Michael Sullivan, and State Reprsentative Dan Winslow.  Western New England University political science professor Tim Vercellotti says the candidates have very different backgrounds.

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