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 official in Amherst estimates the Massachusetts college town will have to hire two additional police officers and four emergency medical responders to prepare for the opening of retail marijuana stores. 

Living Wage Week is being observed in western Massachusetts.

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   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up a small downtown park that is at the center of a larger urban renewal push.

The leadership in the Massachusetts House has released a proposed $40.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts this July 1st. 

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The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to vote Monday to authorize $ 1.5 million to fix up a small downtown park as part of a larger redevelopment push.

A group of American workers was scheduled to depart Friday for China where they’ll be trained to manufacture subway cars in a new factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

     Reaction was swift to President Trump’s announcement Thursday night that the U.S. had carried out a missile strike against Syria to retaliate for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is looking to increase punishment for people who assault police officers.

Just ahead of its 65th anniversary, a nonprofit group formed to protect the Connecticut River in four New England states has changed its name.

     A forest study released today identified an economic development opportunity in rural New England.

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A community campaign to improve early child literacy in Springfield, Massachusetts has won national honors.

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Although crime is down in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the head of the Springfield Police Department is hiring more officers and looking for an increase in the next city budget.

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     Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an audit Monday that flagged problems with how the state’s health insurance program for the poor paid claims for behavioral health services.  The people who run the state’s Medicaid program dispute the audit’s conclusions.

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    A new government report underscores the challenge facing public health officials in Massachusetts as the opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the state.

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Advocates for early education in Massachusetts are applauding this week’s funding boost announced by the Baker administration.

    An additional murder charge has been brought against two people accused of a home invasion last fall in the rural Massachusetts town of Orange.

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A venerable nonprofit housing developer in western Massachusetts has announced a name change and plans for an expanded role in community development.

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         A hallmark event in western Massachusetts is being put on for the 30th consecutive year this spring.

   The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts said he spoke with White House officials Thursday about federal plans for infrastructure projects. 

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A milestone was marked and a labor union tradition honored today during the construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts.

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Members of the Massachusetts State Senate are on a statewide listening tour with visits scheduled in each of the 40 Senator’s districts.

    One of the more colorful characters in Massachusetts political history has died.

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    A legislative committee looking into possible changes to the voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law heard appeals from law enforcement, public health advocates, local government officials, and legalization proponents at a hearing in western Massachusetts last night.

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      A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter approved law legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is holding a public hearing today in West Springfield.

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A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter-approved law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts holds a public hearing Monday in West Springfield.

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More manufacturing work is coming to a rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    A special committee has begun working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city.

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A landmark historic building in the center of the UMass Amherst campus has reopened after more than two decades and a $21 million renovation.

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is working to cultivate a good relationship with the Trump White House.

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A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season.

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