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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The Five College Consortium has opened a $14 million library annex in western Massachusetts.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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        Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

A tentative contract agreement has been reached for teachers in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after more than a year of negotiations.

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Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet in Springfield Thursday for a progress report on the MGM casino.

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A detailed analysis of the health care bill approved by House Republicans in Washington says Massachusetts would be hit particularly hard if it becomes law. 

      The still vibrant Massachusetts economy faces several uncertainties according to the latest edition of a quarterly journal.

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        The city of Springfield is planning to take by eminent domain more than a dozen properties, including a public housing authority complex, to improve access and parking for a new community center.  The $10 million South End Community Center is one of the last major rebuilding projects from the tornado that struck the city six years ago next month.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is preparing to tackle the $629 million budget proposed by the city’s mayor.

   Moratoriums on marijuana sales are being adopted in more and more Massachusetts communities.

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    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

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        More than 200 law enforcement officers from throughout New England are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts tomorrow to discuss strategies for combating gangs, drug dealing, and human trafficking.

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     Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised an innovative approach to improving underperforming urban schools during a visit today to a Springfield school.

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        Originally set to begin this year, the launch of a bicycle sharing program in western Massachusetts has been pushed back to 2018. 

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   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

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An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be resolved. 

The names of two law enforcement officers from Massachusetts who died in 2016 are being added this weekend to a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

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   A hallmark event for more than 30 years in western Massachusetts will take place tomorrow, as Springfield hosts its annual pancake breakfast.  But the boast that it is the “world’s largest” is in dispute.

     Massachusetts is poised to require greater on-the-job protections for pregnant workers.

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An organization founded by a Catholic women’s religious order was recognized Thursday for its efforts to combat human trafficking in western Massachusetts.

  The number of fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of this year dropped slightly from the same period a year ago.

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   Deals have been struck to bring both long-distance and regional public transit bus service to a new transportation hub that is opening next month in western Massachusetts.

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         A new budget proposed to operate the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets and more cash into the city’s savings account.  It also reflects a rebounding Springfield housing market after the foreclosure crisis of nearly a decade ago.

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A deal has been struck to bring long distance bus service to Springfield’s Union Station, which is reopening next month after a $95 million restoration.

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      A new budget proposed to run the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to release a new city budget.

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Springfield, Massachusetts Friday became part of national bird conservation program.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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