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Michelle Obama To Visit Western Mass. To Raise Campaign Funds

First Lady Michele Obama  will be in western Massachusetts Friday to attend three campaign fundraising events.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports. 

   The First Lady will attend a luncheon at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Tickets for it start at $1,000 according to a campaign official. There will be no opportunity for the general public to hear from or even see  Mrs. Obama, according to Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney

   There will be temporary street closures and parking restrictions.  Exhibits at the Hall of Fame will remain open for tourists... Later in the afternoon, Mrs Obama attends a reception at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, where  James Taylor will perform.  The last event is a dinner at the Richmond home of Governor Patrick, where tickets begin at $20,000.

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.