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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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exterior of the Springfield Central Library
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Public libraries in Massachusetts have been allowed to reopen since March, but it will be late summer before patrons can again browse the shelves of the libraries in Springfield.

State Senator Eric Lesser holding a microphone
Youtube

The process of producing a Massachusetts state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st is proceeding on schedule on Beacon Hill.  Unlike last year, when financial uncertainties surrounding the pandemic delayed the final budget for months.

WBUR

The largest city in western Massachusetts has put a law on the books that aims to curb wage theft in the construction industry.

the late Tim Brennan at a rail station.
PVPC.org

   A new award has been created in memory of Tim Brennan, who led the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for decades.

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris with a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   As virus activity continues to decline in Massachusetts and more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Springfield lags behind.

Springfield's Union Station
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A report released this week by two regional planning agencies makes a business case for proposed passenger rail improvements in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

     Advocates have launched a new campaign for a so-called “millionaires tax” in Massachusetts.

a hoopless basketball backboard
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   After public pressure, hoops will be going back up in public parks in the birthplace of basketball.

a tow truck
Wikepedia

    A study by a consumer watchdog concludes that Massachusetts motorists are vulnerable to predatory tow truck drivers.

a commercial kitchen
WAMC

               More financial help is available now for a sector of businesses that were among the hardest hit by the pandemic shutdowns – food service establishments. 

sign welcoming people to Longmeadow
Wikepedia

For the last six months, a committee in Longmeadow, Massachusetts has been researching issues of race in the predominately white Springfield suburb.

The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

    As Massachusetts approaches a goal set by Gov. Charlie Baker to have 4.1 million residents vaccinated against COVID-19 by June, the vaccination strategy is shifting to reach the wary and hard to get. 

U.S Rep. Richard Neal
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal praised President Biden’s proposed expansion of the social safety net, but the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee won’t commit on how to pay for it.

a poster promoting a conference about Daniel Ellsberg
UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is hosting an online conference this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary release of the Pentagon Papers – a top secret study that revealed a long history of government lies about U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Massachusetts House Speaker Ron Mariano on Zoom
Screen grab by Paul Tuthill / WAMC

      The largest annual gathering of business and government leaders in western Massachusetts – the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook event – was held virtually today.   The speakers touched on legislative priorities on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill.

A voting machine
WAMC

      The city of Springfield’s Election Office is looking to buy a new vote tabulation system and more than 70 new voting machines for local polling places.

a hoopless basketball backboard
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Plans are in the works to reopen swimming pools and summer camps in Springfield, Massachusetts, but not outdoor basketball courts.

dirt bikes
Springfield Police Dept

     There is a proposal in Springfield, Massachusetts to combat the problem of illegal dirt bikes by shutting off the fuel supply. 

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

  The city of Springfield is pushing to convince more young adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts
WAMC

  A project will get underway later this year to monitor the air quality in Springfield, Massachusetts – once dubbed the “asthma capital” of the United States. 

      Efforts to combat climate change and to improve health equity in the largest city in western Massachusetts are getting a boost from a private philanthropy.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood
WAMC

         Amid calls nationwide for police reforms, a court ruling could put a civilian board in charge of the Police Department in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

    Coronavirus infections are rising in Springfield, Massachusetts even as vaccines become more widely available.

Wikipedia

Business leaders in Massachusetts have launched an urgent lobbying campaign to get Beacon Hill to lower a surprise increase in their unemployment insurance tax bill.

the front of a school building
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Even as teaching and learning was upended last year with the start of the pandemic, the largest school district in western Massachusetts continued to see a decrease in dropouts.

people rallying with protest signs
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In another blow to a controversial wood-burning power plant proposed in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Baker administration Friday announced regulations that would deny the project financial subsidies.

Bishop William Byrne speaking in front of a church
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     Apologizing again for the Roman Catholic Church’s failures to protect children, the bishop of the Springfield Diocese is marking national Child Abuse Prevention Month.

a map of Franklin County MA
frcog.org

A new program in western Massachusetts can help people who have lost their transportation due to an accident, breakdown, or expensive repair bill, not lose their job also.

a strip mall pet store
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Elected officials in a western Massachusetts city say they’ve struck a blow against the inhumane breeding of dogs.   A local pet store is threatening a lawsuit. 

four high school students on a Zoom call
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A group of Springfield high school students have organized the city’s first chapter of Massachusetts High School Democrats.

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