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 Department of Transportation is planning to close a state highway bridge in western Massachusetts to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend.

MassDOT will close a state highway bridge over the Connecticut River to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend. It is not for emergency repairs, but to accommodate a street festival.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxis have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   An official with the public transit system in Hartford, Connecticut has been tapped to run the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

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        Water testing at about 800 public school buildings throughout Massachusetts found a majority of the schools had at least one sample with unsafe levels of lead or copper.

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     Hundreds of protestors marched on Springfield City Hall on May Day demanding the third largest city in Massachusetts be designated a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

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   In a sure sign of spring, the Farmers’ Market at Forest Park opened today in Springfield, Massachusetts and observed a milestone.

Activists are using May Day rallies in Massachusetts to call for greater protections for undocumented immigrants.

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      The drought is over for most of Massachusetts.

       But, below normal precipitation for several years in southern New England means we are not out of the woods yet. 

         WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke today with Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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Activists plan to march on City Hall in Springfield Monday to demand the western Massachusetts city be designated a sanctuary for immigrants.

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    When Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts reopens in June following a $95 million renovation, it will serve as the hub for public transit bus service in the city.

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   Events are taking place to mark the centennial of World War I.  One such commemoration highlighted the heroism of an infantry unit made up largely of soldiers from western Massachusetts.

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   The members of a new committee who will select which projects will get funded under the Community Preservation Act in the city of Springfield have been announced.

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The centennial of World War I was observed Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts with a ceremony honoring a largely forgotten part of the city’s history.

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    Activists called today for workers to strike and businesses to shut down in western Massachusetts on May 1st, as part of what is expected to be a nationwide protest.

Activists are hoping to build grassroots support for the Massachusetts legislature to approve some form of a carbon tax to combat global warming. 

Nine western Massachusetts municipalities this spring are scheduled to vote on non-binding carbon pricing resolutions.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Richard Pree , who is a local leader of the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

       A delegation of business people from western Massachusetts is at the Statehouse today for a series of meetings with key state legislators and members of the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker.

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       The Baker administration Tuesday announced that Massachusetts has received a federal grant totaling almost $12 million to bolster its public health response to the opioid epidemic.

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     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie is running for governor in Massachusetts.

  The Massachusetts House is scheduled to begin debate on the state budget today with more than 1,200 amendments to consider.  Despite the large number of amendments, the House leadership intends to keep the process on track to produce a final state budget by an end of June deadline. 

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About a decade ago, Medicare issued new regulations giving seniors and their families a process to appeal pending hospital discharges and to make complaints about the quality of care. 

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As another anniversary passes, authorities in western Massachusetts say they remain committed to solving the murder of a young woman.

   With a date set for the public reopening of Springfield’s Union Station after a years-long restoration project, details have been announced for a celebration.

       A group of activists is using pedal power to travel from western Massachusetts to Washington, DC for the Peoples Climate March on April 29th. 

A group of activists are planning to ride bikes from western Massachusetts to Washington, DC to be part of a large climate action protest.

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A project to try to breed a colony of rattlesnakes on a remote island in the largest water reservoir in Massachusetts has been shelved. 

Holyoke Mayor's Office

   Mayors and local officials in Massachusetts Wednesday showed their support for the federal Community Development Block Grant program that has been proposed for elimination by President Trump.   A series of speakers, a slide show, and photo displays highlighted how CDBG money has been spent in Holyoke.

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Mayors and local officials are hosting events in Massachusetts Wednesday to underscore the importance of the Community Development Block Grant program that President Trump proposes to eliminate.

National Priorities Project

        If, on this income tax filing deadline day, you are curious about how the federal government spends your money, a Northampton-based organization has the answer.

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