Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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New York’s Capital Region has become a hub for high-tech manufacturing and nanoscience. While those terms may bring computer chips to mind, a weeklong symposium wrapping up today in Albany is exploring how nanoscience can be used in medicine. 

Officials with the New York Racing Association have capped attendance for Saratoga's biggest race day.

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With an important visitor on the way, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik made the rounds in a portion of her district Wednesday.

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The economy of rural Fulton County, New York has struggled for years, but with a new medical marijuana cultivation center on the way, officials are hoping New York’s burgeoning biomedical industry will help draw new business to the region.

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The head of a Schenectady company that recently laid off more than 100 workers has resigned.

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An early morning shooting in Schenectady occurred at the same location as an anti-violence rally held on Friday afternoon.

The Daily Gazette reports a 27-year-old male was shot multiple times on Schenectady Street around 1 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to Albany Medical Center and is reported in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.

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Update: Around 3 p.m. Sunday, the Berkshire District Attorney’s office announced 18-year-old Thomas Lee Newman Jr. of Pittsfield was arrested in Utica, NY. Law enforcement task force members including Utica and federal investigators made the arrest.

Newman will face a charge of being a fugitive from justice in Utica Monday. Berkshire County law enforcement will seek his rendition to Pittsfield where he will be charged with murder and armed assault with intent to commit murder, according to the Berkshire DA’s office. 

Authorities in Berkshire County are looking for a suspect charged in connection to a fatal Pittsfield shooting Friday afternoon.

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A young entrepreneur hopes to transform a vacant amusement park in the Southern Adirondacks into a performing arts destination —   but he faces a testy political climate.

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Opponents and supporters of a planned Walmart store in Saratoga County packed into a public hearing Tuesday night.

A delegation of Capital Region lawmakers has delivered a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging that the New York Racing Association, the organization that oversees thoroughbred racing in the state,  be transitioned back to a private, non-profit racing entity.

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