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 Massachusetts legislature meets this weekend on Beacon Hill where lawmakers face a glut of bills and a Sunday night deadline.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

      IRS agents Thursday reportedly raided offices at two golf courses owned by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts as well as homes owned by the golf pro.

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The largest emergency homeless shelter in western Massachusetts is planning to merge with a regional social service provider.

   The opioid addiction crisis has become a major issue in a high profile local election contest in western Massachusetts.

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               An emergency fund has been re-opened to help western Massachusetts farmers whose fruit crops were damaged by an extreme cold snap in mid-February. 

               The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) is offering zero-interest short term loans up to $10,000.  

              WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA executive director Philip Korman.

             More information about the fund can be found at the website: buylocalfood.org.

   Emergency funds are being offered to help western Massachusetts farmers whose crops of fruits were damaged in last February’s extreme cold snap.

   Many peach growers in the region lost their entire crop and other fruits, such as plums, were damaged, according to Phil Korman, executive director of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, the organization that administers the disaster-recovery fund.

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     Springfield, Massachusetts was the site today for a good-natured election-themed promotion for the national release of a new children’s book.

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    A federally-funded study estimates it would cost $1.2 billion to add more frequent high-speed passenger rail service linking Boston, Springfield, Montreal and New Haven.  Advocates say the benefits to the region justify the large expense.

     Voters in three Massachusetts cities this November will decide whether to authorize a property tax surcharge to finance a local fund that could pay for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and building affordable housing.

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   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved the request of a western Massachusetts town for more money to help cope with anticipated traffic from the MGM Springfield casino.

The Massachusetts Legislature is holding a rare formal session Saturday.

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   The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would allow cities to require banks to pay for the upkeep on foreclosed properties.  It is an effort to revive local laws that were struck down in court.

   In the midst of the foreclosure crisis in 2011, the Springfield City Council approved two anti-foreclosure ordinances.  One required banks to post a $10,000 bond with each foreclosure. The city could use this money to maintain foreclosed properties if the banks failed to do so.

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    The American Basketball Association (ABA) is bringing a team to the birthplace of the game.

A delegation from western Massachusetts is scheduled to depart later today for Poland to attend the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day.  

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Dozens of members of Congress have requested a federal probe into the business practices of the Chinese rail car company that is building a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A group of almost 50 young people from western Massachusetts leaves Friday to attend the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in Poland.

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A federally-funded study estimates it would cost $1.2 billion to add more frequent high-speed passenger rail service linking Boston, Springfield, Montreal and New Haven.

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     The city of Springfield today renamed a downtown street in honor of the man credited with saving AHL hockey in western Massachusetts time and time again. 

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   Early voting is coming to Massachusetts for the first time, despite Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of $1.2 million to pay for the new program. 

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The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that has been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades.

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A homeowner accused of shooting and killing a 15-year-old boy who knocked on his door over the weekend is being held without bail following his arraignment in a western Massachusetts court.

Jeffrey Lovell, 42, was arraigned in Chicopee District Court Monday on a murder charge. 

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Dylan Francisco of Springfield was fatally shot Saturday after he and a friend, who had been drinking, went to Lovell’s house, mistakenly believing it was where another friend lived. 

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   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.

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The three largest cities in Massachusetts are participating in a new initiative to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development.

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The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades. 

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    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has vetoed $1.2 million that was included in the state budget to help pay for a new early voting program that begins with this year’s presidential election.

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  The opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield – and just the second in all of western Massachusetts – is being delayed as city councilors review the terms under which the proposed facility would operate. 

Voters in Springfield this November may be asked to adopt a Massachusetts law that would raise their property taxes to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space and supporting affordable housing.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts Wednesday will announce the demolition of a long vacant house even though it sits in an historic district.

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Rallies, marches, and vigils continue in the region following the deaths last week of two black men at the hands of police officers and the lone gunman attack that killed five police officers in Dallas. A Black Lives Matter rally in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday included a U.S. presidential candidate.

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