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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   Moratoriums on marijuana sales are being adopted in more and more Massachusetts communities.

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    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

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        More than 200 law enforcement officers from throughout New England are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts tomorrow to discuss strategies for combating gangs, drug dealing, and human trafficking.

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     Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised an innovative approach to improving underperforming urban schools during a visit today to a Springfield school.

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        Originally set to begin this year, the launch of a bicycle sharing program in western Massachusetts has been pushed back to 2018. 

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   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

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An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be resolved. 

The names of two law enforcement officers from Massachusetts who died in 2016 are being added this weekend to a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

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   A hallmark event for more than 30 years in western Massachusetts will take place tomorrow, as Springfield hosts its annual pancake breakfast.  But the boast that it is the “world’s largest” is in dispute.

     Massachusetts is poised to require greater on-the-job protections for pregnant workers.

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An organization founded by a Catholic women’s religious order was recognized Thursday for its efforts to combat human trafficking in western Massachusetts.

  The number of fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of this year dropped slightly from the same period a year ago.

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   Deals have been struck to bring both long-distance and regional public transit bus service to a new transportation hub that is opening next month in western Massachusetts.

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         A new budget proposed to operate the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets and more cash into the city’s savings account.  It also reflects a rebounding Springfield housing market after the foreclosure crisis of nearly a decade ago.

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A deal has been struck to bring long distance bus service to Springfield’s Union Station, which is reopening next month after a $95 million restoration.

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      A new budget proposed to run the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to release a new city budget.

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Springfield, Massachusetts Friday became part of national bird conservation program.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is planning to close a state highway bridge in western Massachusetts to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend.

MassDOT will close a state highway bridge over the Connecticut River to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend. It is not for emergency repairs, but to accommodate a street festival.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxis have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   An official with the public transit system in Hartford, Connecticut has been tapped to run the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

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        Water testing at about 800 public school buildings throughout Massachusetts found a majority of the schools had at least one sample with unsafe levels of lead or copper.

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     Hundreds of protestors marched on Springfield City Hall on May Day demanding the third largest city in Massachusetts be designated a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

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   In a sure sign of spring, the Farmers’ Market at Forest Park opened today in Springfield, Massachusetts and observed a milestone.

Activists are using May Day rallies in Massachusetts to call for greater protections for undocumented immigrants.

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      The drought is over for most of Massachusetts.

       But, below normal precipitation for several years in southern New England means we are not out of the woods yet. 

         WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke today with Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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Activists plan to march on City Hall in Springfield Monday to demand the western Massachusetts city be designated a sanctuary for immigrants.

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    When Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts reopens in June following a $95 million renovation, it will serve as the hub for public transit bus service in the city.

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