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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   Officials in the third-largest city in Massachusetts are set to put restrictions on where e-cigarettes can be used.

City of Worcester

A major change is coming to the sports team landscape in New England. After decades in Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Red Sox are moving across the state line into Massachusetts.

WAMC

Construction work resumed this week on a long-stalled project to build a space for startup businesses in a western Massachusetts city.

Springfield Police

     A Springfield, Massachusetts man has been indicted on 52 charges including three counts of murder.

    A Hampden County Grand Jury late Thursday returned the 52 count indictment against Stewart Weldon. 

    The office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a press release that the actions Weldon is alleged to have committed including murder, rape, assault, attempted rape and kidnapping stretch over a year’s time and involve 11 different victims.

WAMC

  To ease concerns about school shootings, millions of dollars were spent this summer on security in the second largest public school district in Massachusetts.

WAMC

              Construction work has resumed on a long-stalled project to build a place to assist startup businesses in a western Massachusetts city.

WAMC

Officials today showcased a multi-faceted public safety plan for the opening next week of the first resort casino in Massachusetts – the MGM Springfield. 

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   Ten days before the opening of the state’s first resort casino, Massachusetts gaming industry regulators have put restrictions on the use of a large electronic sign promoting attractions at the MGM Springfield casino. 

WAMC

Hundreds of thousands of new voters could be added in Massachusetts as a result of Gov. Charlie Baker recently signing into law an automatic voter registration bill.

WAMC

    A new public transportation service was unveiled today in downtown Springfield as planning continues for an expected influx of daily visitors drawn by the soon-to-open MGM casino.

WAMC

A new public transit vehicle will make its debut in western Massachusetts Monday. 

WAMC

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has had a low-key, but productive week, signing more than 50 bills sent to him by the legislature in the final days of the legislative session. 

WBUR

      A study released by Massachusetts public health officials Wednesday shows the extent that on-the-job injuries play in the opioid crisis.  

   A bill to address the opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts is on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. Passed in the final hours of the legislative session, it includes a provision that would allow some jail inmates to be given drugs to ease their cravings for heroin.

  A consumer group says it tested more than two dozen school supplies and found some that contain hazardous chemicals.

A consumer group says it tested dozens of school supplies and found some that contain hazardous chemicals.  

STCC

   A project to inspire the next generation of engineers in America will start this fall in the middle schools of Springfield, Massachusetts.

An organization representing Massachusetts sheriffs says it supports legislation that would require some inmates to receive medications to treat their drug addictions while locked up.

MGMSpringfield

        Massachusetts casino regulators say hiring goals for the state’s first resort casino are on track to be met or exceeded.

a security camera outside Union Station
WAMC

Law enforcement is increasing its video surveillance footprint across the largest city in western Massachusetts as preparations continue for a large influx of daily visitors.

Efforts to bring retail marijuana stores to the largest city in western Massachusetts are accelerating.

An unprecedented turnover is continuing in the western Massachusetts state legislative delegation. 

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Springfield City Library

Bids have been opened to build a new Massachusetts state-funded library branch in Springfield.

MGMSpringfield

         Massachusetts casino regulators met in Springfield Thursday for the final time before the opening in 21 days of the state’s first resort casino in the heart of downtown Springfield.

Massachusetts casino regulators met in Springfield Thursday for the final time before the opening in 22 days of the state’s first resort casino in the heart of downtown Springfield.

Hampden County Sheriff Dept

Some local jails in western Massachusetts will be part of a pilot program under an opioid bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session.

For the first time, a city in western Massachusetts will deploy special police officers. It is a unique public safety plan that required a special act of the state legislature and the approval of the governor.           

         Massachusetts State Police have vowed to keep a close watch over a western Massachusetts town after the entire local police force quit Monday night.

WAMC

The first worker-owned cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts marked a milestone today as freshly harvested lettuce was delivered to local stores.

Springfield City Library

Bids have been opened to build a new Massachusetts state-funded library branch in Springfield.

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