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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New England News
6:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Program To Train People For Manufacturing Jobs Doubles Capacity

A new machine to train students at the Springfield Technical Community College Mechanical Engineering Technology Center
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Workforce development experts say Massachusetts needs more people trained for jobs in precision manufacturing.  The state is devoting money to the effort.

Springfield Technical Community College recently spent $2 million to upgrade and expand classrooms in its Mechanical Engineering Technology center.   The college received a $1.2 million dollar grant from the state. But it came with one string attached. The college had to double the number of students enrolled in the program that prepares people for careers in manufacturing.

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New England News
4:14 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Springfield To Consider Temporary Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will vote on a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers.

The proposed moratorium on locating a medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield could be in effect until the end of next June, according to city solicitor Ed Pikula.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Deal Now Seen As Unlikely Between Dobelle, WSU Trustees

Westfield State University Trustees begin a meeting on Oct.16,2013 to address the status of University President Evan Dobelle. Seated ( l to r) chairman John Flynn, board attorney James Cox, Dobelle, trustee Kevin Queenin
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The leadership controversy at Westfield State University has deepened with the filing of a federal court lawsuit.  Embattled President Evan Dobelle charges trustees and the state’s top higher education official have defamed him.

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New England News
7:13 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

College Expands Training For Jobs In Manufacturing

One of 16 new automated machines at Springfield Technical Community College where students train for jobs in precision manufacturing. Massachusetts gave STCC a $1.2 million grant to upgrade and expand the program
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Massachusetts is looking to train thousands of people for manufacturing jobs.

   The Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki on Thursday toured the Mechanical Engineering Technology classrooms at Springfield Technical Community College.  The state gave the college $1.2 million to help rehabilitate and expand the facilities to double its enrollment in the program to 103 students this semester.

   A study found Massachusetts will need 100,000 people trained in precision manufacturing over the next decade  just to remain at current levels of output.

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New England News
5:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Westfield State President Sues Claiming A Conspiracy To Destroy His Reputation

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Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has filed a federal court lawsuit claiming several members of the board of trustees and a top state education official have defamed him.

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New England News
4:05 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Accelerated Repairs Completed To Western Massachusetts Bridge

Construction work on the Manhan Bridge in Easthampton, MA is seen in his photo taken in August 2013.
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A western Massachusetts bridge repair project has finished more than a month ahead of schedule

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said the Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton opened to traffic Thursday afternoon after a $4 million replacement project finished five weeks ahead of schedule.  MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePoala, who visited the construction site in August, said the bridge project was the first in western Massachusetts to use precast materials and the contractor is due a $100,000 bonus for finishing early

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New England News
12:22 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State Rep. Harold Naughton Announces Campaign For Mass. Attorney General

Massachusetts State Rep. Harold Naughton

A Democratic state legislator launched a campaign for Massachusetts Attorney General on Thursday- the second candidate in the race.

State Represenative Harold Naughton from the central Massachusetts town of Clinton kicked off his campaign with a stop to shake hands with voters in Springfield and with a video message on the internet.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Westfield State Funding Freeze Will Remain Until Dobelle Controversy Is Resolved

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland does a television interview during a visit to Springfield, MA on Oct 23,2013
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The Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner addressed the controversy surrounding Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle during a visit to Springfield on Wednesday.  Richard Freeland also sounded an alarm about the state’s future ability to produce a properly educated workforce.

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New England News
4:18 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Report Says Massachusetts Won't Have Enough College Grads For High Demand Jobs

A new report from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education warns public colleges and universities will soon fail to produce enough graduates for high demand jobs.

   The report projects that by 2020 the number of graduates from Massachusetts public colleges and universities will fall almost 60 percent below what will be needed to fill jobs in the  healthcare, science and technology fields.  Jeff Ciufreda, president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said it points to the need for more dialogue between the business community and educators.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Utility Co. Starts Third Solar Project In Western Massachusetts

Solar panels at Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s facility in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield, MA.
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A major utility company has started construction on a third large solar facility in western Massachusetts.  Despite being a northeast state Massachusetts has seen a boom in solar power over the last five years.

The new solar plant for Western Massachusetts Electric Company will contain over 13,000 solar panels that will generate 3.9 megawatts of electricity-enough to power more than 600 homes.  It is being built on a capped landfill on Springfield’s east side.  Company president Craig Hallstrom says it is the utility’s largest solar project so far.

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