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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   The opioid crisis has prompted officials in the third-largest city in Massachusetts to revisit establishing a needle exchange program.

   A public hearing is scheduled tonight on a proposal that could keep retail marijuana stores out of the third largest city in Massachusetts until the end of the year.

Plans have been drawn up to convert a vacant mill in downtown Chicopee, Massachusetts into an apartment building. 

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As MGM gets ready for the September opening of the Springfield casino, a series of information sessions start this weekend on the training required to get hired as a dealer.

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Two new city council committees have been created to look at quality of life issues in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

     Forget the threat of a federal government shutdown, the only thing on the minds of a lot of New Englanders Friday is whether star quarterback Tom Brady will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. 

     A community health organization formed in Springfield, Massachusetts 20 years ago has started the new year by changing its name. 

      Springfield eighth graders report higher rates of feeling sad or hopeless when compared with all students in Massachusetts, according to results of a survey reported by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. 

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A new culinary and hospitality training center is opening in western Massachusetts next week. It is part of the effort to have a workforce in place when the MGM casino opens in Springfield later this year. 

    The $7.5 million Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Institute has the latest and greatest of everything found in a commercial kitchen, according to professional chef and culinary arts department chairman Warren Leigh.

    "This is every exciting for us," said Leigh. " It is going to change the way we teach."

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   Local governments, nonprofits, and a state agency will all sing from the same music sheet under an initiative launched in Massachusetts today to foster a rich cultural life.

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  Construction is underway on a new food center that will provide improved nutrition for tens of thousands of children in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts.

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A group of congressional leaders from Massachusetts visited Puerto Rico Friday for an update on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.

Under the banner of a new organization, peace and social justice activists in Northampton Monday will again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

The news of their separation was first reported by the Boston Globe in a story about Rosenberg’s possible return to the Senate presidency following the scandal.

 The Amherst Democrat stepped aside from the leadership position after the Globe reported four men had accused Hefner of sexual misbehavior and said he had bragged of having influence over Senate business.

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    The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th — the day after Labor Day.  Secretary of State William Galvin is also proposing legislation to allow five days of early voting for the primaries.

     The Springfield Central Cultural District has received a $25,000 grant to help grow the creative economy in the Massachusetts city. 

A new training program for the hospitality industry launched in Massachusetts today as thousands of jobs will soon open at the MGM casino.

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The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th— the day after Labor Day.  

   The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

      The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

  The new year brings the resumption of formal sessions on Beacon Hill for the Massachusetts House and Senate.  There is plenty of unfinished business, both politically and legislatively, as the second year of the two-year session begins.

Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are considering reinstating a moratorium on retail marijuana stores.

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    A cold weather response plan that seeks to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter has been extended through this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.  A program to help end homelessness launched by city officials a decade ago means fewer and fewer people are in danger.

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Alex Morse will be inaugurated Tuesday for a new term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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New Year’s Day begins a new legislative year in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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First Night Northampton is returning on Sunday for the 33rd year. 

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Everything is coming up roses for the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band.

    A major highway construction project in western Massachusetts has finished 8 months ahead of schedule.

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   On New Year’s Day the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band will perform in the Rose Parade in California.

  The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has filed final draft regulations to provide renewable energy subsidies for burning wood chips or pellets.

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