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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A military air base in western Massachusetts is in the running to become home to the next generation of Air Force refueling tanker planes. Along with the new aircraft would come new jobs.

Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of four bases under consideration by the Pentagon to become home to the KC-46A, which is designed to provide aerial refueling to U.S. military and allied aircraft. The first of the new planes, which are being built by Boeing, is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

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Massachusetts House leaders Wednesday unveiled a $38 billion state budget that contains no new taxes or fees and increases spending by just 2.8 percent.

  The budget crafted by House Democrats does not differ dramatically from the spending plan filed a month ago by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, but it does restore funding to some areas Baker cut including the state court system and some social service programs. 

    House Ways and Means Committee Vice Chairman Stephen Kulik described the budget as well balanced from both a policy and financial perspective.

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Millions of Americans will file their 2014 federal income tax returns today, April 15th, but most have no idea how the government spends all the money.  The National Priorities Project, a Northampton-based research center tracks federal spending.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s research director Lindsay Koshgarian.

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More details are expected Monday on plans to build a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski  is meeting with parents to discuss the proposed merger of Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School.  Rozanski previously met with the students.

"They had very very insightful questions. I was very proud that in both schools there were questions  of concerns for the teachers," Rozanski said.

Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg made her first official visit to Springfield Thursday since taking office in January.  She spoke at the dedication of a new $32 million science wing at Central High School.  Goldberg is chair of the state school building authority, which paid for 80 percent of the project.   Following the ceremony, Goldberg spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about her first three months in office.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is going to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and FEMA officials in Washington Monday to press for disaster relief for this winter’s snowstorms.

This will be the second time Baker personally makes the case in Washington for federal help. He said he raised the issue with FEMA officials at a meeting that took place in February. 

"We have their full attention and I fully expect we will receive federal reimbursement for some of this. How much at this point I am not sure, " Baker said in late February.

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Options are being reviewed for relocating a regional substance abuse treatment center for western Massachusetts that must move to make way for construction of the MGM Springfield casino.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe is looking at three locations for the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center ,which must move soon from its longtime home in a leased building that is in the footprint of the $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield.

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School officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are seeking state aid for 11 school building projects       

       Officials want to build replacements to two elementary schools that were constructed in the 1890s and make accelerated repairs to roofs, windows and heating systems at nine other school buildings.            

      Springfield school superintendent Dan Warwick said the city has received $300 million from the state’s school building authority for various projects over the last five years.

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Massachusetts is making a financial commitment to equip the state’s public schools with state-of-the-art science labs. The initiative comes as schools stress a curriculum heavy with science, technology, engineering and math, which is collectively called STEM.

A new three-story science wing with 12 new laboratories, multi-purpose preparation rooms, cutting-edge classrooms, and a greenhouse was dedicated Thursday at Springfield Central High School. The new wing cost $32 million. The Massachusetts School Building Authority covered 80 percent of the cost, or $25.6 million.

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A statewide initiative to equip Massachusetts schools with state-of-the-art science labs was highlighted Thursday in Springfield.

A $32 million science wing with 12 new labs, cutting-edge classrooms, and a greenhouse was dedicated at Springfield Central High School. 

The state funded 80 percent of the project. Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who chairs the school building authority, said the new facility has the tools students need to succeed in the 21st Century.

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