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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U.S. Dept of Agriculture

A helicopter will take to the air over farm fields in Massachusetts during the next few weeks as part of a government soil conservation program.

Governor's press office

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday signed into law a bill aimed at making local government more efficient.

Baker described the legislation as a “weed whacking” of obsolete laws. 

It gives cities and towns more freedom, reduces state oversight, and reforms some municipal practices.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz regrets that a provision to give localities more control over liquor licenses was not included.

"For a community like Northampton which has a thriving entertainment-restaurant economy it is a really important issue,"  said Narkewicz.

Diocese of Springfield

   Two events have been scheduled to lead up to the start of construction this fall for a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.

A bicycle sharing station

  Federal funding has been approved for a bike sharing service in western Massachusetts.

   The Metropolitan Planning Organization, which controls federally funded transportation projects in Hampden and Hampshire counties, has approved nearly $1.2 million for ValleyBike, a regional bike share program that is tentatively scheduled to launch in summer 2017.

         A New York City woman was murdered over the weekend while jogging in the central Massachusetts town of Princeton.

      The death rate from the opioid crisis in Massachusetts continues to rise with a powerful synthetic painkiller playing an increasingly larger role.


     An effort is under way in one western Massachusetts city to get young children to pick up a book, or two, before they head back to school in a few weeks. 

The Plainridge casino building and parking lot

Massachusetts gambling regulators say they are encouraged by early numbers from a unique gambling addiction prevention effort that is being tested at the state’s first casino.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said 3,216 people have signed up for the “Play My Way” program at Plainridge Park Casino since its launch in June. 

Mark Vander Linden, the director of Research and Responsible Gaming for the commission said the program allows gamblers through the casino’s reward card program to set voluntary limits on how much to wager.


A new report says Massachusetts cities and towns have a lot of work to do to prepare for a big change coming with this year’s elections.

    Advocates who worked to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts are frustrated over its limited availability, as the fate of the first proposed dispensary in Springfield remains in limbo.


  Hampshire College has begun constructing the largest campus solar power array in New England. It is an ambitious project that is part of the small liberal arts college’s plan to someday have a carbon-neutral campus.


   Hampshire College has begun constructing the largest campus solar power array in New England.

A week after federal agents raided the pro shops, the mayor of Springfield has ordered an outside audit of the city’s two municipal golf courses.


A new effort is underway in one western Massachusetts city to get young children to pick up a book, or two, before they head back to school in a few weeks.

Massachusetts marks a milestone of sorts today in the availability of medical marijuana. The first dispensary in the city of Boston is scheduled to open.

         Elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are still reviewing a proposal to set up the first medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

Dakin Humane Society

An experienced leader in the animal welfare field has been hired as the new executive director at the Dakin Humane Society in the Pioneer Valley.  

Carmine  DiCenso started his new job at the organization Monday. He sat down Tuesday for an interview with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.


  Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has become the first mayor in Massachusetts to announce support for legalizing recreational marijuana, a stand that puts him at odds with other mayors and elected officials across the state. 

   Morse announced he plans to vote “yes” on question 4 on the Massachusetts election ballot this November which, if passed, would legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older and authorize creating a system of retail marijuana stores, cultivating facilities, and manufacturers of edible products. 


The Mayor of Holyoke has endorsed a Massachusetts ballot question legalizing marijuana, apparently becoming the first mayor in the state to do so.

Diocese of Springfield

Construction is to begin next month on a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.


   Massachusetts casino industry regulators have approved payments to offset some harm that has been caused as a result of construction work that is under way on the $950 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield. 

        The Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week is highlighting its efforts to combat problem gambling.

         A number of events and promotions are planned as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

         The informational and outreach efforts will focus on a voluntary bet-limiting system called “Play My Way” that was introduced two months ago at Plainridge Park, the only operating casino in Massachusetts.  


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission could decide Monday on requests for funds to mitigate problems caused by the construction of the MGM casino in Springfield.

A federal court ruling has cast uncertainty over the Massachusetts casino landscape.

   The Massachusetts legislature meets this weekend on Beacon Hill where lawmakers face a glut of bills and a Sunday night deadline.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

      IRS agents Thursday reportedly raided offices at two golf courses owned by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts as well as homes owned by the golf pro.


The largest emergency homeless shelter in western Massachusetts is planning to merge with a regional social service provider.

   The opioid addiction crisis has become a major issue in a high profile local election contest in western Massachusetts.


               An emergency fund has been re-opened to help western Massachusetts farmers whose fruit crops were damaged by an extreme cold snap in mid-February. 

               The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) is offering zero-interest short term loans up to $10,000.  

              WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA executive director Philip Korman.

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