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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Bills are stacking up on Beacon Hill as the Massachusetts Legislature prepares to make its typical rush to the July 31st finish line of the two-year legislative session.  Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-dominated legislature seem to be in general agreement on their priorities. 

      Ceremonies are scheduled Friday to inaugurate new high-speed passenger rail service between Springfield and New Haven.

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    Under the terms of a tentative contract agreement, Springfield could be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are outfitted with body-worn cameras.  

Gov. Charlie Baker with federal, state and local officials at Springfield's Union Station announced new passenger rail initiatives for western Massachusetts.
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     Two initiatives are underway to bring more passenger train service to western Massachusetts. Officials predict it will strengthen the region’s economy by providing connections to large metro areas. 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced new passenger rail service is coming to western Massachusetts next year. 

Speaking in Springfield’s Union Station Tuesday, the Republican governor said a deal has been finalized to have Amtrak operate commuter trains between Springfield and Greenfield on a pilot basis starting in 2019.

"That is going to leverage the MassDOT-owned  Knowledge Corridor, which is currently used by Amtrak's Vermonter service and the recent renovations that have been made here at Union Station," Baker said.

Mayor Domenic Sarno urges the City Council to approve his proposed budget, as department and agency heads look on.
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The largest city in western Massachusetts has a new budget in place for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.   

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     An undocumented immigrant left the sanctuary of a church in western Massachusetts today to rejoin her family after being given a one-year stay from deportation. 

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State and local officials participated last week in the opening of a new $4.4 million railroad underpass linking heavily-used bike trails in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Starting July 1st, the sale of marijuana will be legal at licensed stores in Massachusetts.  But there won’t be any pot shops open then – or likely for many months after that date – in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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         A tentative contract announced Friday would make Springfield the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers would wear body cameras.

     A new era in train travel begins next week in western Massachusetts and Connecticut with the debut of the long-awaited Hartford Line on June 16th

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State and local officials participated Thursday in the opening of a new railroad underpass linking heavily-used bike trails in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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   The first resort casino in Massachusetts, scheduled to open this summer in Springfield, wants to serve alcohol into the wee hours of the morning.  The state’s restaurant industry opposes a later “last call” at the casino.  

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Environmental activists in western Massachusetts are hailing an announcement from the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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       Authorities have identified the bodies discovered at a house in Springfield, Massachusetts as three women.  Two of them had been reported as missing persons to the police. 

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    Massachusetts Democrats held a two-day nominating convention in Worcester over the weekend where the Republican in the White House was more the focus of attention than the Republican in the Statehouse Corner Office.

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After four police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts were recently charged with crimes, the mayor is defending the police commissioner.  

The Massachusetts Senate has passed a state budget bill that includes funding to avert service cuts by regional transit authorities.

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A new director has been picked for the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts casino regulators are weighing a request from MGM to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the gambling floor of the soon-to-open Springfield casino.

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      Details have been announced about a free shuttle bus that will debut later this year with the opening of the MGM Springfield casino.

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A Memorial Day parade marks a milestone in western Massachusetts this year. 

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    A pair of New England-based American Impressionist painters – husband and wife – who had no interest in commercial gain and shunned the spotlight are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums. 

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Firefighters in the largest city in western Massachusetts are now responding to emergency calls equipped with an opioid overdose reversal drug.

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A new director has been picked for the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.

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Firefighters in the largest city in western Massachusetts are now equipped with an opioid overdose reversal drug.

        With five weeks left before the start of a new fiscal year in the largest city in western Massachusetts, public hearings have been scheduled to dive deep into a proposed budget.

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       A venerable western Massachusetts zoo, which has struggled financially, has hired a new director, who vows to take the zoo in a new direction. 

    The former campaign director for the activist organization MoveOn has become the latest candidate for the State Senate seat once held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg.

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