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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      As President Donald Trump delivers his first speech to a joint session of Congress in prime time tonight his job approval ratings are historically low. 

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   State officials led by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the town of Conway Monday to see firsthand the damage caused by Saturday’s freak February tornado, and to assure residents the state will help the small town rebuild.

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Cleanup and damage assessment continues in the western Massachusetts town of Conway where a tornado touched down over the weekend.

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        The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in western Massachusetts over the weekend. 

         It is the first recorded February tornado in Massachusetts since official record keeping started in 1950.  

          WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Besse, the spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

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       Members have been named to a special committee charged with finding ways to improve police-community relations following misconduct scandals in the third-largest city in Massachusetts.

With the opening of the MGM Springfield casino 18 months away, plans are in the works to put more police downtown.

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Construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts, the MGM Springfield, has reached the halfway point.

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Early voting for the 2016 election in Massachusetts proved to be very popular and by all accounts successful.  Now, the state auditor has determined who should foot the bill. 

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   Back-to-back big storms have prompted public safety officials in Massachusetts to issue a warning about snow on the roofs of buildings.

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       Downtown Northampton saw an increase in key economic indicators in 2016, according to a report compiled by city officials.

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The first early voting held in Massachusetts last year was very successful, but it proved expensive for cities and towns, and the state auditor said Tuesday the state should pay some of the costs. 

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  No developer has stepped forward yet with an offer to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts. But late today, the deadline to put in a bid was extended.

  A western Massachusetts city has undertaken several initiatives to revitalize its downtown, from improving public safety to attracting new housing.

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Environmental activists launched a campaign Monday to win passage of a bill in Massachusetts that would commit the state to 100 percent renewable energy over the next few decades.

Advocates plan to launch a campaign Monday for 100 percent renewable energy in Massachusetts.

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  Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash, who sparked national controversy and local protest last year over his decision to suspend flying the American flag, will retire in 2018.

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Hoping to keep momentum going from the Women’s March on Washington last month, a rally is scheduled tomorrow in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Another event Saturday in western Massachusetts will raise money for an abortion rights fund.

        Springfield, Massachusetts has been selected to participate in a federal conservation program for migratory birds. 

     Springfield, Massachusetts has been selected to participate in a federal conservation program for migratory birds. 

A western Massachusetts city is offering loans and grants to businesses to create jobs downtown.

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      While other states have seen enrollments in health insurance plans through online marketplaces drop, Massachusetts reported a record number of people obtaining coverage.

        A new study finds financial and health problems are the most common negative impacts of gambling.

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   A record number of people have signed up for health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector during the open enrollment period.

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A recent report puts a price tag on repairs required to local water systems in Massachusetts.  It also adds to a national political issue because President Donald Trump has promised to make a massive investment in infrastructure. 

    Most of the elected state officers in Massachusetts are turning down the higher pay checks they could get now that the state legislature has overridden Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of the controversial pay package.

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     The new immigration ban is directly impacting many people, including a Greenfield, Massachusetts resident who was looking forward to a visit from her parents.

A delegation delivered a letter to the office of the Springfield mayor Thursday. It was signed by 14 people representing community, faith-based, and labor organizations including Arise for Social Justice, Catholic Charities, the NAACP, and the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council. It requested a meeting with Sarno be scheduled for Monday, and called on him to issue an executive order that would bar the local police from cooperating with federal authorities to identify and detain undocumented immigrants.

  

   A Massachusetts District Attorney said Thursday he cannot bring charges against off-duty Springfield police officers for their alleged involvement in a fight outside a barroom that left four men injured.

A delegation delivered a letter signed by 14 people from community, faith-based and labor organizations to the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. It called on him to issue an executive order that would effectively make Springfield a so-called " sa
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       More than a dozen community, faith-based, and labor organizations in Massachusetts are calling on the mayor of the state’s third largest city to declare it a so-called “sanctuary jurisdiction.”

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       A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill.   While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn just token opposition.

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