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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   An Ethiopian man and a Kenyan woman are the winners of this year’s Boston Marathon.         

          Lelisa Desisa won his second Boston Marathon Monday.  He won the men’s division in 2013 and donated his medal to the city to honor the bombing victims. 

   Desisa spoke on the BAA’s live web stream shortly after crossing the finish line.

    "I am happy to win for a strong Boston," he said.  " Strong Boston 2013."

     Caroline Rotich of Kenya took the women’s division by just 4 seconds to win her first Boston Marathon.

WAMC

A Chinese company has purchased property in Springfield, Massachusetts where it plans to build a factory to make new subway cars for the greater Boston area’s public transit system, the MBTA.  Springfield city officials hope the factory marks a rebirth of large-scale local manufacturing.

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Friday was the deadline for Massachusetts State Representatives to file amendments to the $38 billion state budget crafted by House leaders.

The House leadership cautioned against amendments to increase spending given a large budget deficit the state faces.  But, State Rep. Thomas Petrolati of Ludlow said he’ll ask his colleagues to increase state funding for homeless shelters in western Massachusetts.

More than 900,000 people have volunteered for Americorps since the program’s inception 20 years ago. Americorps, for the first time, reported this week on which states and cities produce the most participants. Northeast states ranked high on the list.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Americorps director Bill Basl

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A Chinese company has purchased property in Springfield, Massachusetts where it plans to build a factory to make passenger rail cars.

A U.S. subsidiary of Changchun Rail Vehicles paid $12 million for the 40 acre industrial parcel in Springfield, where it plans to build a $60 million factory according to spokesperson Lydia Rivera.

"This is an exciting time. It is a huge milestone. The site is leveled, cleared and ready for construction," she said.

Production at the plant is scheduled to begin in 2018.

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A new phase in what is said to be the largest mill redevelopment project in New England is under way in Ludlow, Massachusetts. 

A 1.5- mile long riverwalk is being built as part of the redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills, a sprawling complex of more than 60 buildings on 170 acres.  The walk, which will be constructed of recycled brick, will feature markers highlighting the history of the mills and observation areas along the banks of the Chicopee River.

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A regional substance abuse treatment center that must move to make way for the MGM Springfield casino will lease space in a closed nursing home in Holyoke.  The announcement Thursday ended months of uncertainty about the future of the successful program operated by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Michael Ashe said the relocation of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center to the closed Holyoke Geriatric Authority means the program will remain community based and can operate within the confines of his department’s budget.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for a major highway project in western Massachusetts.

JF White-Schiavone of Framingham submitted the lowest bid this week to rebuild the two-mile long elevated portion of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield. 

The project is expected to cost $183 million and take three years.  There will be detours and ramp closings during the work, which is expected to start this summer.

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Construction has started on a project to give residents of a western Massachusetts town access to the Chicopee River for the first time in a century.

A 1.5 mile long riverwalk is being built as part of the redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills, the largest mill redevelopment project in New England. 

The walk will loop behind the sprawling complex of dozens of mill buildings opening up the area along the Chicopee River to neighborhood residents and businesses.

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Massachusetts House leaders have proposed a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. The budget crafted by House Democrats includes no new taxes or fees and does not differ dramatically from the budget filed a month ago by Republican Governor Charlie Baker.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with State Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington, who is vice-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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