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 top transportation official in Massachusetts plans to review the service cuts planned by the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.  Local officials and advocates for bus passengers blame inadequate state funding for the cuts.

    With an improved economy and lower unemployment rate, the second-largest school district in Massachusetts is looking to fill dozens of immediate job openings.

A job fair is taking place Monday to fill dozens of immediate openings in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

The PVTA is using 17 bus bays at Union Station for 19 routes. There area real-time arrival and departure signs at each of the bus berths.
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The top transportation official in Massachusetts plans to review the service cuts planned by the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

   A bill to overhaul the voter-approved marijuana law in Massachusetts is on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk.  With his expected signature, the clock will start ticking toward legal retail marijuana sales in Massachusetts beginning in less than one year.

     The longest-serving current mayor in western Massachusetts is not seeking re-election this year to a ninth term.

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The longest-serving current mayor in western Massachusetts has announced he won’t seek reelection to a ninth term this year. 

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   Inadequate state funding is being blamed for service cuts that will affect thousands of bus riders in the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts. 

     Service cuts are looming on the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

   A Massachusetts anti-poverty group is calling for establishing a housing task force in the state’s third-largest city.   As the Springfield City Council heard that request, it voted to give MGM more time to build housing as part of the downtown casino project.  

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    The city of Northampton, Massachusetts, where Mayor David Narkewicz recently pledged that the city would maintain the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, is offering its residents two new energy programs.

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A western Massachusetts city is offering its residents two new energy programs this summer.

      A Massachusetts anti-poverty group wants a housing task force created in the state’s third-largest city.

     For the first time in five years, Massachusetts is providing financial help to build new public libraries.

       To mark the 65th anniversary of the Connecticut River Conservancy, formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the organization’s executive director is traveling the length of the river this month.

Officials in the western Massachusetts town of Hadley are going ahead with plans to replace the 115-year old public library building now that state funding has been approved. 

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     The largest hospital system in western Massachusetts is in line to receive $3 million in the new state budget.

Drivers be warned: the default speed limit in the third largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be lowered.

     With landfill space become scarcer in Massachusetts, municipalities are looking for ways to reduce the tons of trash carted off to the dumps.

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    Another pitch is being made to lure the Red Sox’s top minor league team to western Massachusetts.

    The Pawtucket Red Sox may be looking for a new home, and a city council candidate in Chicopee believes he has the perfect spot where a brand new riverfront stadium could be built for the team to relocate.

    " Chicopee is the perfect site," said Joel McAuliffe. " We have 26 acres of city-owned land that could be used for this purpose."

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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has awarded almost $5 million to build a new neighborhood library in Springfield.

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    A pitch is being made to land the Red Sox’s top minor league team in western Massachusetts.

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Another business group has endorsed a feasibility study of east-west high-speed rail in Massachusetts. 

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      A bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature is aimed at preventing a leading cause of injury to children during the warm-weather months – falls from windows. 

       Massachusetts state senators are holding a private retreat in Boston today to discuss what to include in a criminal justice reform bill.  Legislative leaders say they hope to pass sweeping crime legislation before the end of the year.

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Hundreds rallied in Northampton today to support a local man who is part of a national group of 1,500 Iraqis facing imminent deportation. 

  One of the items that did not make it to the final version of the $40 billion state budget approved a week late by the Massachusetts legislature was a high-speed rail study.  Specifically, a requirement that MassDOT do a report on the costs and benefits of linking Springfield and Boston via high-speed rail.

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Advocates for children in Massachusetts are looking to rally the business community to back additional state funding for early education.  At a conference in Springfield today they pointed to recent momentum on Beacon Hill toward the goal of universal pre-kindergarten. 

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   The final state budget passed by the Massachusetts legislature did not contain funds to study high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield.

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    Business and community leaders will meet in Springfield Monday for a progress report on early childhood education in Massachusetts.

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