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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Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

The news of their separation was first reported by the Boston Globe in a story about Rosenberg’s possible return to the Senate presidency following the scandal.

 The Amherst Democrat stepped aside from the leadership position after the Globe reported four men had accused Hefner of sexual misbehavior and said he had bragged of having influence over Senate business.

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    The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th — the day after Labor Day.  Secretary of State William Galvin is also proposing legislation to allow five days of early voting for the primaries.

     The Springfield Central Cultural District has received a $25,000 grant to help grow the creative economy in the Massachusetts city. 

A new training program for the hospitality industry launched in Massachusetts today as thousands of jobs will soon open at the MGM casino.

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The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th— the day after Labor Day.  

   The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

      The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

  The new year brings the resumption of formal sessions on Beacon Hill for the Massachusetts House and Senate.  There is plenty of unfinished business, both politically and legislatively, as the second year of the two-year session begins.

Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are considering reinstating a moratorium on retail marijuana stores.

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    A cold weather response plan that seeks to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter has been extended through this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.  A program to help end homelessness launched by city officials a decade ago means fewer and fewer people are in danger.

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Alex Morse will be inaugurated Tuesday for a new term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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New Year’s Day begins a new legislative year in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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First Night Northampton is returning on Sunday for the 33rd year. 

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Everything is coming up roses for the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band.

    A major highway construction project in western Massachusetts has finished 8 months ahead of schedule.

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   On New Year’s Day the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band will perform in the Rose Parade in California.

  The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has filed final draft regulations to provide renewable energy subsidies for burning wood chips or pellets.

     After 10 months of fact-finding, an ad hoc committee finds residents in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to be largely satisfied with the police department.

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The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts has been delivered to the greater Boston transit agency.

More than 100 pages of regulations have been proposed for the burgeoning marijuana industry in Massachusetts.

Proposals calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, a sharp cut to the sales tax, and nurse staffing requirements in hospitals have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts.

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    There is concern that confusion over the status of the federal Affordable Care Act could lead some people in Massachusetts to drop insurance coverage.

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In advance of the opening next year of the MGM casino, the city of Springfield is planning an advertising blitz to promote the city’s assets to visitors.

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    A special committee formed earlier this year to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city may continue its work in 2018.

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      A nationally recognized initiative to improve children’s reading proficiency in Springfield, Massachusetts has put its results online. 

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  The Baker administration is putting more financial support behind projects to build rental housing in Massachusetts.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the latest awards in Holyoke today.

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The city of Boston has become the latest and by far the largest community in Massachusetts to move toward banning single-use plastic bags in retail stores.

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    A group of western Massachusetts activists is home after participating in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway. 

Some elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will be pushing for longer terms.

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A group of western Massachusetts activists is home after participating in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway.

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