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 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.  

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   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.

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

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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. 

A rendering of part of the interior of the new East Forest Park Library Branch.
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Bids have been opened to build a new Massachusetts state-funded library branch in Springfield.

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         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.

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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.

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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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     Labor leaders from across Massachusetts met in Springfield Monday to discuss a national problem that could prevent millions of workers from collecting pensions they’re counting on in retirement.

An organization committed to keeping young men out of the poverty-to-prison pipeline is expanding its presence in western Massachusetts.

An organization committed to keeping young men out of the poverty-to-prison pipeline is expanding its presence in western Massachusetts.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has awarded $57 million to 19 projects in Massachusetts to create or preserve more than 1,300 apartments for low-income tenants. 

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    The Massachusetts economy expanded at a torrid pace in the second quarter of this year, according to a report released Friday. 

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        The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has a new director.

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   One of the major pieces of legislation still pending final approval in the waning days of the legislative session on Beacon Hill is an economic development bill.

         Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday announced funding for 19 projects across Massachusetts to create or preserve over 1,300 apartments for low-income tenants.

As the city of Springfield, Massachusetts prepares to move forward with a needle exchange program to address the opioid crisis, concerns are again being voiced about a lack of treatment options. What officials say has been a longstanding shortage of substance abuse treatment beds in the region is frustrating to law enforcement and others on the front line of the drug epidemic.

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  The top law enforcement officer in Massachusetts has launched an investigation into one of the country’s largest makers of e-cigarettes.

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   The $42 billion budget passed by the Massachusetts Legislature and sitting on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk contains many earmarks for projects and programs in western Massachusetts.

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   A developer says everything is on track to start work this summer to restore an historic theater in western Massachusetts.  State legislators have earmarked funds for another theater restoration project in the region.

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    A hotel project that took faith and perseverance has been completed just in time to take advantage of the opening of the MGM Springfield casino next month.

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