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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    Massachusetts voters Tuesday legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults, and soundly rejected a proposed expansion of charter schools in two of the most watched and hotly contested ballot referendums.


       Voters are going to the polls in high numbers across Massachusetts to cast ballots in the race for president and to decide a series of ballot questions including whether to legalize marijuana and expand charter schools. 

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

The most competitive and expensive campaign in Massachusetts this election year has been over a ballot question.  Opponents and proponents of charter schools have spent months canvassing door-to-door and waged an air war of competing ads.

If Question 2 passes, it would allow for up to 12 new charter schools per year to open in Massachusetts.  Charter schools, which were first authorized in Massachusetts in 1993, are publicly funded, overseen by state education officials, and can function independently of local school districts.

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An administrator from a Minnesota community college has been recommended to be the first woman president at a western Massachusetts community college.

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       The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts said he will review how police misconduct complaints are handled in the wake of recent controversy.

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              With the opioid crisis resulting in an increase in the number of children in the Massachusetts foster care system, there are increasing appeals for people to consider adoption.


         A majority of Massachusetts voters support legalizing marijuana and oppose expanding the number of charter schools in the state, according to results of a new a poll released this morning.


       Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey made a political swing through greater Springfield Thursday.  

       Markey endorsed fellow Democrat Nick Cocchi for Hampden County Sheriff, praising the department’s response to the opioid crisis as a national model. 

      " We need law enforcement people who understand this threat and understand what has to take place in order to deal with it," said Markey.  " It is the single largest issue in the state of Massachusetts right now."

     A Wall Street agency warns the credit-worthiness of Massachusetts cities could be affected if voters approve a ballot question to lift the cap on new charter schools in the state.


      A project is under way to ensure that the only top level trauma hospital in western Massachusetts will be able to function in the event a disaster knocks out the power grid for an extended length of time.


  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker campaigned door-to-door in a Springfield neighborhood Tuesday urging a vote to lift the cap on charter schools.


        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $1.9 million grant award today for a western Massachusetts city to complete a highway project that will allow for an $8 million commercial development.


            Weekday commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike saw big changes today, but not the big traffic jams some feared might occur.  This was the first work day of all-electronic open-road tolling statewide.

Massachusetts highway officials are urging commuters to allow for extra travel times starting Monday morning as work begins to demolish the Mass Pike toll booths.


     Work has begun to secure a dam in western Massachusetts that was flagged almost a decade ago as a threat to public safety and property.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved $1.5 million for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to create a restaurant development fund.

Friday is the last day drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike can pay the toll with cash.

        Thirty mayors in Massachusetts are urging a no vote on the ballot question that if approved would lift the cap on charter schools.


     A federal grant has been announced to help preserve rare pieces of Americana in Springfield, Massachusetts.

        As the need for emergency food at pantries and meal sites in western Massachusetts continues to grow, a community forum on hunger is taking place this Saturday, October 29th.

     People have gotten used to posting profiles about themselves on social media and now one western Massachusetts city is encouraging its residents to create public safety profiles too.

     The move to all-electronic open road toll collection in Massachusetts begins Friday.


     A new era in Massachusetts elections began today with early voting offered for the first time.

For the first time, Massachusetts residents will be able to vote before Election Day.

    The largest hospital system in western Massachusetts revealed Friday that a data breach may have exposed personal information of about 13,000 patients.


The National Park Service has awarded a $250,000 grant to help fund improvements to a popular park in an inner-city neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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     The case of a police detective who threatened to kill two teenagers but was not fired and a ruling by a federal judge in an excessive force lawsuit have reignited debate in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should investigate complaints of police brutality.


    The Baker administration announced the first grant awards Thursday in a new program that aims to increase access to healthy, affordable food and create jobs in Massachusetts.


A legislative effort is underway to strip the police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts of his authority to discipline police officers.