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 new president of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts says improving police-community relations is his top priority.

Holyoke Mayor's Office

The year began with a tragedy in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

A fire that was reported just before 9 a.m. New Year’s Day swept through a five-story apartment building.

Three people died and almost 50 people were left homeless.  Many of the tenants fled wearing only pajamas and all their possessions were destroyed.    More than a week after the devastating fire, efforts continue to help the victims.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.               

Holyoke Mayor's Office

The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is hoping to raise $100,000 to help the victims of a deadly New Year’s Day apartment building fire. 

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   As Massachusetts combats the opioid addiction crisis, peer-to-peer recovery programs are growing and seeking state funding.

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       Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe retired this month after 42 years on the job. 

         The longest-serving elected sheriff in Massachusetts history leaves a legacy of innovative programs for inmate rehabilitation that became national models.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ashe.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider a moratorium on marijuana stores.

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    There’s fallout from the surprise move by the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts to announce plans to hire a new fire chief.

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     Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced she is running for re-election next year in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts farmers are national leaders in direct sales to consumers, according to data from the first extensive national survey of local food sales.

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      The elected board that oversees the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts held its first meeting of the year Tuesday.

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The longest-serving elected sheriff in Massachusetts history officially retires Wednesday.

      There are clouds over the futures of the top public safety leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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One of the world’s biggest companies moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2016.  Construction began in earnest on the MGM casino in Springfield.

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Massachusetts legislators have voted to delay the opening of retail marijuana stores for six months – from January to the summer of 2018.

   A serious rift opened between the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council in 2016 over the issue of police supervision.  It threatened to pit the city’s executive and legislative branches against each other in court.

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The agenda has been announced for the annual organizational meeting of the Springfield City Council. It includes the swearing-in of a new council president.

         The increasingly cashless society came to interstate highway travel in Massachusetts this year, while multimillion dollar transportation projects forged ahead.

WAMC

This was an unforgettable year in politics.  The presidential election that defied polls and pundits dominated the nation’s focus, while voters in Massachusetts made history through a ballot referendum.

Massachusetts in 2016 became the latest state to legalize marijuana.

Although it was opposed by most of the state’s political establishment including the Republican governor and Democratic attorney general, voters overwhelmingly approved Question 4 to make it legal  for  adults over age 21 to use, possess, and grow small amounts of marijuana.

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Criminal justice reform legislation is expected to be filed next month as the Massachusetts legislature begins a new session.

State education officials are considering plans for expanding early college programs to as many as 16,000 Massachusetts high school students.

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A $1.4 million dollar payment to a Massachusetts man who claims police framed him for a murder will come from the city of Springfield’s rainy day fund.

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New jobs will be coming to western Massachusetts with the expansion of an automotive parts manufacturer in Chicopee.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded almost $5 million to western Massachusetts programs for the homeless.

  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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