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 serious rift opened between the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council in 2016 over the issue of police supervision.  It threatened to pit the city’s executive and legislative branches against each other in court.

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The agenda has been announced for the annual organizational meeting of the Springfield City Council. It includes the swearing-in of a new council president.

         The increasingly cashless society came to interstate highway travel in Massachusetts this year, while multimillion dollar transportation projects forged ahead.

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This was an unforgettable year in politics.  The presidential election that defied polls and pundits dominated the nation’s focus, while voters in Massachusetts made history through a ballot referendum.

Massachusetts in 2016 became the latest state to legalize marijuana.

Although it was opposed by most of the state’s political establishment including the Republican governor and Democratic attorney general, voters overwhelmingly approved Question 4 to make it legal  for  adults over age 21 to use, possess, and grow small amounts of marijuana.

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Criminal justice reform legislation is expected to be filed next month as the Massachusetts legislature begins a new session.

State education officials are considering plans for expanding early college programs to as many as 16,000 Massachusetts high school students.

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A $1.4 million dollar payment to a Massachusetts man who claims police framed him for a murder will come from the city of Springfield’s rainy day fund.

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New jobs will be coming to western Massachusetts with the expansion of an automotive parts manufacturer in Chicopee.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded almost $5 million to western Massachusetts programs for the homeless.

  The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has announced her resignation.

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      Policymakers in Massachusetts are looking for ways to reduce the state’s high health care costs.

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have held their last regular meeting of the year, and it marks a change in leadership for the legislative body.

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have new leadership in the New Year.

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   Plans are moving forward to construct a new branch library in a Springfield neighborhood that is recovering from the tornado of 2011.

City Councilors in Springfield, Ma voted 9-3 to override Mayor Domenic Sarno's veto of an ordinance creating a five-member board of police commissioners.
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A showdown in court appears likely between the executive and legislative branches in the third largest city in Massachusetts in a dispute over the management of the police department.

Gary Berte addresses reporters after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced his appointment to the Springfield Community Police Hearing Board.
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Just hours before a scheduled city council vote that could lead to a board of civilians running the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city’s mayor held a news conference this afternoon.  Mayor Domenic Sarno announced an appointment to the city’s Community Police Hearing Board and defended the advisory board’s work. 

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State and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a manufacturing expansion project in western Massachusetts.

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The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts needs help.  The organization has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers. 

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will attempt to override a mayoral veto and place a civilian board in charge of the police department.

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A number of departing Massachusetts state legislators gave traditional farewell speeches this week at the State House.

Advocates claim momentum is building for banning disposable plastic bags from retail checkout counters in Massachusetts despite setbacks in the state legislature and in two of the state’s largest cities.

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      A lawsuit accuses the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker of denying emergency shelter to homeless mothers and children.

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       Massachusetts on Thursday began a new era of legalized marijuana.

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         A World War II veteran in Chicopee, Massachusetts has worked to preserve the personal stories and experiences of fellow war veterans.

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Marijuana became legal in Massachusetts Thursday, but there are still some restrictions.

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Massachusetts authorities are urging people to take precautions during dangerously cold weather forecast for late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

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    In a first for a public school system in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is building its own food services center.

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Plans were unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts Wednesday for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

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Public input is being sought for a climate action plan for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is holding a series of community meetings.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has vetoed a city council-approved ordinance to put a civilian commission in charge of the police department.

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