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 new project in urban agriculture is launching this week in western Massachusetts.

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        It is hurricane preparedness week in Massachusetts.

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   New England’s first intensive care unit for kittens opened Monday for its fifth season.

A newly restored antique bench on loan from Grand Central Terminal in the main passenger waiting area in Union Station
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    One of the finishing touches of the $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is now in place.

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The largest city in western Massachusetts to moving to restrict vaping in public places.

          A federally-funded $500,000 renovation project has been completed at a park in the North End neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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   A contract has been finalized that will put Springfield in line to be the first big city in Massachusetts with police officers wearing body cameras.

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The sky over part of western Massachusetts will be filled this weekend with modern and vintage military aircraft.  On the ground, there could be traffic jams.

A contract has been finalized that could see Springfield be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are required to wear body cameras.

Massachusetts State Health Department officials are being asked to set up a needle exchange program in Springfield in response to the opioid addiction crisis.

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  Hailing it as a milestone for public safety in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the Springfield Police Department announced the opening of its first substation Wednesday.

An artificat from the World Trade Center is used to cast a shadow reminiscent of one of the Twin Towers on a curved wall. The 9/11 memorial is being fashioned at Salmon Studios in Florence, Massachusetts
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Inside a workshop in the Northampton village of Florence, Massachusetts craftspeople are working to create a 9/11 memorial using a 3,000-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center.  What promises to be unique among the nation’s many 9/11 tributes will be permanently located in Springfield.

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Bids are being sought to build a new state-funded branch library in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is a project that is moving forward after decades of discussion. 

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      The casino opening in Massachusetts next month will have free parking for both patrons and the general public.

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       As they prepare to vote on zoning regulations for recreational marijuana stores, a delegation of city councilors from Springfield, Massachusetts took a fact-finding trip to Denver, Colorado.

James Kitchen with his pipe wrench sculpture
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For the second year in a row, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is offering grants to create public art displays in its downtown cultural district.

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A former public housing apartment complex is being demolished in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of a neighborhood improvement initiative.

      Five police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts have been promoted to the rank of sergeant even though some have checkered pasts. 

pedal-assist bikes for ValleyBike share program
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    After years of planning and searching for funding, a regional bicycle-sharing program launched this week in western Massachusetts.

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The first casino opened in Massachusetts three years ago and newly reported research has found few downsides.

      Two dozen projects are being considered for funding under the new Community Preservation Act program in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    A bill is on the desk of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15, establish a paid family and medical leave program, and enshrine a permanent annual sales tax holiday.   Also, if he signs it, several contentious November ballot questions would likely go away. 

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     Rules that would prohibit vaping in public places in the largest city in western Massachusetts are being considered by public health officials.

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A $1 million earmark in the Massachusetts state budget is aimed at creating a pipeline of primary care physicians to rural and urban areas of western Massachusetts where there is a severe shortage of doctors.

Jim Duffney on a pedal-assist ValleyBike share bicycle
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    After years of planning, a bicycle-sharing system is launching later this week in several western Massachusetts communities.  

Lobby of the UMass Medical School-Baystate Health campus
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A $1 million earmark in the state budget is helping create a pipeline to bring more doctors to western Massachusetts.

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With the first Massachusetts resort casino set to open in Springfield in two months, MGM is holding a final mass hiring event on Sunday.

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The first resort casino in Massachusetts, scheduled to open later this summer in Springfield, will be able to serve alcohol into the wee hours of the morning.

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The 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run is making a stop Saturday in western Massachusetts.

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       The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to allow MGM to serve alcohol on the floor of the Springfield until 4 a.m.—two hours later than closing time for all bars in the state.

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