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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  The operator of the electric power grid in New England issued its annual assessment today.

Orange Line subway car under construction
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The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to imperil manufacturing jobs in western Massachusetts.

In the wake of General Electric’s decision to downsize plans for its Boston headquarters and return $87 million to Massachusetts taxpayers, a State Senator has filed a bill to redirect the funds. 

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An unprecedented effort began in Massachusetts this week to notify tens of thousands of people that they were wrongly convicted as a result of two drug lab scandals.

    Massachusetts is funding an experimental program in Springfield to help lift families out of poverty through a different approach to job training.

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Western Mass Politics & Insight

    The largest city in Massachusetts will not bank on any money from newly-legal marijuana stores to balance its books.

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Massachusetts casino regulators are being asked to help fund the expansion of a free bus service linking the MGM Springfield casino with the city’s hotels and cultural attractions.

As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action.

Springfield Bishop Mitchel Rozanski
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Fifteen cases of alleged clergy sex abuse were reported to the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese in 2018, the highest number of claims since 2004.

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters
WAMC

The announcement of criminal charges this week against five police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts again raised questions about supervision and discipline in the city’s police department.

artists' rendering of Central Street in Springfield
City of Springfield

    Eight years after a tornado roared through a low-income neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, construction is expected to start this summer on a key improvement project.

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters
WAMC

Five Springfield, Massachusetts police officers were charged Wednesday with assault and battery and conspiracy for an off-duty brawl with four men outside a city bar in 2015. 

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   A consultant has been hired to implement a body-worn camera program for police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   A billionaire liberal activist is bringing his national campaign to oust President Donald Trump to western Massachusetts today. 

  The largest city in western Massachusetts expects to start accepting applications for recreational marijuana stores beginning in early March. 

WAMC

    A business incubator in western Massachusetts is the first tenant in the new Springfield Innovation Center. 

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A business incubator in western Massachusetts is the first tenant in the new Springfield Innovation Center. 

As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action. 

WAMC

    A dangerous consequence of the ongoing opioid epidemic is discarded hypodermic needles littering city streets, playgrounds, and parks.   What was supposed to be a safe route for children to walk to an elementary school in Springfield, Massachusetts was found littered with discarded syringes.

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Emergency loans have been given to several farms in western Massachusetts that suffered crop losses because of the excessive rainfall last year. 

Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst

    2018 was the wettest year on record in Massachusetts.  The Quabbin Reservoir is at 100.4 percent of capacity – the highest water level since it was built in 1946.

         Springfield will host the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s issues convention in September. The city’s mayor, who is a Democrat, will not be participating. 

WAMC

As more people travel through Springfield’s Union Station by train and bus, officials are working to sign more tenants in the historic building.

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The Massachusetts Democratic Party will hold its next convention in Springfield this fall, but the city’s mayor, who is a Democrat, will not be invited to speak.

WAMC

     The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts is vowing to press forward with reforms to the police department.  But after a recent jury verdict in a police brutality lawsuit, some elected officials are growing impatient. 

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    An aircraft hangar will be built in western Massachusetts where maintenance will be done on the largest planes in America’s military fleet.  The sizable investment by the Pentagon should also help assure the future of a key component of the region’s economy.

WAMC

     Activists are turning up the pressure on Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal to use his position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to request President Trump’s returns.

    The Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus has announced priorities for the new legislative session.

City of Springfield

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is voting Monday on a final series of eminent domain property-takings for an infrastructure project in a low-income neighborhood devastated by a tornado almost 8 years ago.

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The Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus has announced priorities for the new legislative session.

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