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 artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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Officials Monday will announce an agreement to help local residents train for culinary careers at the MGM Springfield casino.

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Police departments in Massachusetts are taking precautions after the sniper attack in Dallas that left five police officers dead.

Health officials in Massachusetts are recommending people take precautions this summer to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can spread illness. The much discussed Zika virus is a concern for people traveling out of the area, but there are local risks like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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A western Massachusetts man was formally arraigned Thursday on terrorism charges.

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A candidate in one of this year’s high profile elections in western Massachusetts has dropped out and endorsed a former rival.

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      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation would be required to conduct a feasibility study on high-speed passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston under an amendment to the state budget that was passed unanimously by the legislature.

Officials say good progress was made during the first year of an initiative to turn around the struggling middle schools in the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.  The nine middle schools in Springfield are operated by a public-private partnership in a model that more closely resembles what a lot of charter schools do.

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A commemorative cross-country trip that is bringing attention to two early pioneers of the women’s rights movement is starting out from western Massachusetts.

More than 50 people will leave Springfield Wednesday morning on motorcycles for a trip to San Francisco to recall the journey made by two sisters from Brooklyn, NY 100 years ago this summer. In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren became the first women to cross the continental United States solo on motorcycles. 

A former Republican State Senator takes over Tuesday as director of Gov. Charlie Baker’s western Massachusetts office.

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The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that would allow cities to force banks to pay for the upkeep on foreclosed properties. 

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The Springfield City Council has approved a special permit for the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary.

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A Massachusetts state judge has ruled a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center can operate in a residential neighborhood in Springfield. 

One clear priority for Gov. Charlie Baker in the final month of the two-year session of the Massachusetts legislature is a bill that revises or repeals hundreds of state regulations that impact how cities and towns operate.

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Officials have had no luck tracking down antique wooden benches missing from Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts. So, now vocational school students may be enlisted to construct replicas to be included in the massive renovation of the historic transportation building.

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Officials have announced a delay in the completion of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.  But, it is seen as only a minor bump in what has been a decades-long, multi-million- dollar effort to transform Springfield’s derelict Union Station into a modern transportation hub.

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Officials have announced a delay in the completion of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts. 

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The budget outlook in Massachusetts is growing darker. Economic uncertainty, including the recent vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is having a ripple effect on Beacon Hill.

A Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded in a shootout with a man wanted for killing a local police officer last month, says he is healing and anxious to return to work.  The trooper was identified publicly for the first time Monday and talked about the SWAT team raid during which he was shot. 

The Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded during the shootout last month with a man who had allegedly killed Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino earlier in the day, says he is looking forward to going back to work.

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MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.

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A free summer meals program for school-aged children begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by casino developer MGM that challenged a Connecticut law that lays the groundwork for a possible casino along the Massachusetts border.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have taken steps to shore up the city’s severely underfunded municipal employee pension fund.

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A major project has been announced in Ludlow, Massachusetts as part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment effort in New England.

  A former Republican State Senator has been hired as the new director of Governor Charlie Baker’s western Massachusetts office.

   Baker said he’s known Mike Knapik since the 1990’s and described him as a “terrific person,” who is nonpartisan and very focused on local government and economic development.

" I believe that having Mike as our leader here in western Mass. will be a tremendous asset not just for the administration, but for western Mass. and the Commonwealth," said Baker, who added he was "wildly excited" that Knapik agreed to take the job.

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A major new project has been announced as part of the largest current brownfields redevelopment effort in western Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is urging state lawmakers to act on key bills dealing with energy and jobs before the two-year legislative session ends on July 31st.

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An 11-room mansion built for an industrialist in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1800’s is now part of the city’s current economic development efforts.

British voters go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to remain in the European Union.

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