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 top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has announced her resignation.

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      Policymakers in Massachusetts are looking for ways to reduce the state’s high health care costs.

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have held their last regular meeting of the year, and it marks a change in leadership for the legislative body.

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have new leadership in the New Year.

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   Plans are moving forward to construct a new branch library in a Springfield neighborhood that is recovering from the tornado of 2011.

City Councilors in Springfield, Ma voted 9-3 to override Mayor Domenic Sarno's veto of an ordinance creating a five-member board of police commissioners.
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A showdown in court appears likely between the executive and legislative branches in the third largest city in Massachusetts in a dispute over the management of the police department.

Gary Berte addresses reporters after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced his appointment to the Springfield Community Police Hearing Board.
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Just hours before a scheduled city council vote that could lead to a board of civilians running the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city’s mayor held a news conference this afternoon.  Mayor Domenic Sarno announced an appointment to the city’s Community Police Hearing Board and defended the advisory board’s work. 

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State and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a manufacturing expansion project in western Massachusetts.

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The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts needs help.  The organization has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers. 

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will attempt to override a mayoral veto and place a civilian board in charge of the police department.

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A number of departing Massachusetts state legislators gave traditional farewell speeches this week at the State House.

Advocates claim momentum is building for banning disposable plastic bags from retail checkout counters in Massachusetts despite setbacks in the state legislature and in two of the state’s largest cities.

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      A lawsuit accuses the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker of denying emergency shelter to homeless mothers and children.

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       Massachusetts on Thursday began a new era of legalized marijuana.

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         A World War II veteran in Chicopee, Massachusetts has worked to preserve the personal stories and experiences of fellow war veterans.

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Marijuana became legal in Massachusetts Thursday, but there are still some restrictions.

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Massachusetts authorities are urging people to take precautions during dangerously cold weather forecast for late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

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    In a first for a public school system in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is building its own food services center.

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Plans were unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts Wednesday for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

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Public input is being sought for a climate action plan for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is holding a series of community meetings.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has vetoed a city council-approved ordinance to put a civilian commission in charge of the police department.

   Property tax bills will go up next year for the vast majority of homeowners, as well as businesses, in the largest city in western Massachusetts.   But Springfield city officials paint it as further evidence of a steadily improving economy.

   The city council and the mayor in Springfield, Massachusetts are on a collision course over control of the police department.  The dispute could be settled in court.

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    The largest police department in western Massachusetts has opened an online portal to share real-time information about crime with the public. 

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is scheduled to take a final vote Monday to create a civilian board to oversee the police department.

The American flag was raised at Hampshire College this morning, two weeks after the removal of the Stars and Stripes drew national attention, sharp criticism and protests outside the campus of the small liberal arts school in Amherst.

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The American flag was raised at Hampshire College this morning, two weeks after the removal of the Stars and Stripes drew national attention, sharp criticism and protests outside the campus of the small liberal arts school in Amherst. 

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One of the largest holiday light displays in the Northeast is back for a 22nd year in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Macy’s Parade in New York is not the only one featuring big balloons this Thanksgiving weekend.    Springfield has a parade Friday.

The chief legal counsel for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is advising the city council not to move forward with a plan to put a board of civilians in charge of the police department.

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