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
6:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner

Deputy Police Chief John Barbieri was selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) to be the next police commissioner.
Credit WAMC

A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.  It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.

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New England News
1:09 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Next Police Commissioner Named In Springfield

Springfield Police Deputy Chief John Barbieri, who will become the city's next police commissioner
Credit City of Springfield

A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to become the city’s next police commissioner.

   Deputy Police Chief John Barbieri will be promoted to police commissioner by Mayor Domenic Sarno.  The mayor, who tapped Barbieri over two other deputy chiefs with more seniority, called him a progressive and innovative leader.

   " Thank you Mayor Sarno for the confidence you have shown in me. I am humbly honored to have been selected as the next Springfield police commissioner," said Barbieri.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

New Rules To Govern Food Trucks In The Works

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With the warm weather months ahead the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is looking to regulate food trucks and similar roadside vendors.  It is an issue many municipalities dealt with years ago, but it has so far eluded the state’s third-largest city.

   City councilors in Springfield are working on the final details of an ordinance that would replace an archaic law and unenforceable rules that currently apply to food trucks and similar vendors. City Councilor Tom Ashe said he is optimistic the issue will finally be resolved after years of discussion and setbacks

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New England News
3:06 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Chinese Firm Proposes Rail Car Plant In Springfield

Posters advertising the rail cars built by CNR CRC were displayed in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Springfield,MA on Tuesday where company representatives met with potential subcontractors
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The world’s leading manufacturer of rail cars is proposing to build an assembly facility in Springfield, Massachusetts for its American base of operations.

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New England News
6:39 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Unjust Hanging Of Two Irish Immigrants Is Recalled To Denounce Prejudice

William O'Riordan,former Hampshire chief probation officer, speaks in front of the stone memorial to Dominic Daley and James Halligan. The two Irish immigrants were hanged in Northampton,MA in 1806 for a murder they did not commit.
Credit WAMC

A St. Patrick’s Day observance in Northampton, Massachusetts honored the memories of two Irish immigrants wrongly convicted of a murder 200 years ago.  Participants said their story echoes in the civil rights struggles of today.

   About 50 people gathered in the cold for a wreath-laying at a stone monument on a hillside overlooking downtown Northampton.  It marks the spot where Dominic Daley and James Halligan were hanged in 1806.  Monday marked 30 years since Massachusetts officially exonerated them.

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New England News
4:52 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Appointment Of New Police Commissioner Expected Soon

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts appears poised to appoint a new police commissioner, putting him at odds with the city council.

   A spokesman for Mayor Domenic Sarno confirmed Monday the mayor has completed interviews with each of the police department’s three deputy chiefs. Sarno has said he will appoint one of the three as the next police commissioner.  A majority of city councilors support a move to put a five member board in charge of the police department. It is a change Sarno has vowed to fight.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Massachusetts Urged To Crackdown On Illegal Tobacco

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Black market tobacco is big business in Massachusetts. Stricter enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to discourage illegal cigarette smuggling.  Those are the key findings of the nine-member Illegal Tobacco Commission, which was created last year by the state Legislature to look at the problem and recently issued a final report.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts revenue commissioner Amy Pitter, who chaired the Illegal Tobacco Commission.

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New England News
6:38 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Holyoke Mayor Expects Gay Pride Group To March In St. Patrick's Parade

A gay rights group banned from Boston’s St Patrick’s Parade may march in Holyoke.

   Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse extended an invitation to MassEquality to join Holyoke’s St Patrick’s Parade and a spokesman for the group said it is under consideration.   The Holyoke High School Gay Straight Alliance, which was founded by Morse, has lined up a sponsor to get a spot in the parade.

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New England News
8:43 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Fundraising Effort Begins To Restore Springfield Campanile

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Officials are looking to raise $20 million to restore a century old landmark in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. 

 

   The Springfield Campanile – a 300 foot tower that stands between City Hall and Symphony Hall-- requires extensive structural repairs due to age and exposure to the elements, according to the city’s director of buildings Patrick Sullivan.

  " The interior structural steel is rusting and it is pushing out on the limestone blocks. So we need to take the blocks off and treat the steel."

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New England News
6:17 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Markey Calls For Expanded Treatment To Address Drug Abuse Crisis

U.S.Senator Edward Markey ( D-MA) holds a container of Narcan as he discusses steps to combat the current heroin overdose crisis
Credit WAMC

U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is calling for a three pronged approach to the current drug abuse crisis that has produced an alarming spike in deaths blamed on heroin overdoses.

Senator Markey wants an expanded effort to prevent overdose deaths, increased availability of treatment for drug addiction, and to speed the rollout of new and improved treatments.

" We have to get at this issue and do it soon, because it has already doubled the number of deaths in Massachusetts in the last ten years and it will double it again. That is why I'm concerned about it."

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