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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    A legislative committee looking into possible changes to the voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law heard appeals from law enforcement, public health advocates, local government officials, and legalization proponents at a hearing in western Massachusetts last night.

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      A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter approved law legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is holding a public hearing today in West Springfield.

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A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter-approved law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts holds a public hearing Monday in West Springfield.

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More manufacturing work is coming to a rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    A special committee has begun working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city.

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A landmark historic building in the center of the UMass Amherst campus has reopened after more than two decades and a $21 million renovation.

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is working to cultivate a good relationship with the Trump White House.

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A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season.

A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season. 

The Springfield Sting lost a game to the New Jersey Express last weekend and was eliminated from the American Basketball Association playoffs.  

Despite going out on a tough two-point loss, the franchise’s founder and owner, Zach Baru, said it was a successful season for the first-year team.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Baru.

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    The Trump administration is trying to turn up the pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, but so far activists in western Massachusetts are not backing down in their efforts to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

     In the face of criticism from elected officials and residents, the head of the department of public works in the largest city in western Massachusetts is defending the efforts to clear the streets of snow after last week’s big storm. 

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Gearing up for a reelection campaign next year, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today continued a recent series of meetings with Massachusetts constituents.

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     The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has launched a new advertising campaign to promote a program that will be used eventually inside all the state’s casinos to reduce problem gambling.

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  Hoping to attract more restaurants to downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the city has begun accepting applications for a new loan program.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has announced a partnership with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.

Wall Street has confirmed the financial stability of the largest city in western Massachusetts.

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in partnering with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.

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The $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is nearly complete.  Now that the opening date June 26th has been announced, the rush is on to get the transportation center ready for the traveling public. 

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   The state’s highest court ruled Friday that a lawsuit can proceed against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission over the awarding of one of the state’s casino licenses.

        Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced legislation this week that would have the state take over administration of a water quality protection program currently run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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  A western Massachusetts city marked National Consumer Protection Week by shutting down a Springfield automobile dealership that had been the subject of complaints.

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       An interfaith vigil is scheduled for this evening at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, Massachusetts where a bomb threat forced an evacuation a week ago.

The Baker administration is proposing that Massachusetts assume greater responsibility for water quality protection.

Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television.  It is the latest request to tap a fund established to mitigate problems arising from the construction of resort casinos in the Bay State. 

    Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television.

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     Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate want to reimburse cities and towns for the state-mandated costs of last year’s early voting program.

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  University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan delivered an inaugural state of the university address Monday evening highlighting the public university’s importance to the state’s economy and pledging support for its international scholars. 

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The countdown is on to the public re-opening of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts following a $95 million dollar restoration.

        Voters in several cities including Pittsfield, Holyoke, Springfield and Boston approved referendums last November to adopt the Community Preservation Act. 

       It puts a surcharge on property tax bills to create a fund to pay for historic preservation, open space and affordable housing projects. 

      Now, the process of actually implementing the CPA is underway. 

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Robert McCarroll, who headed the citizen committee that advocated for the CPA in Springfield.

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Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate plan to introduce a bill to reimburse cities and towns for the mandated costs of last year’s early voting. 

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