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 England News
9:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Berkshire Town Will Conduct Full Investigation of Police Department

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A Berkshire town has hired a private agency to investigate its police department, following a mutiny by its unionized officers, and suspension of its chief.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Select Board of the Berkshire town of Egremont voted earlier this week to hire Plymouth-based Pomeroy Resources, Inc. to conduct a full investigation of the town police department.

In late February, Chief Reena Bucknell was placed on administrative by the select board in reaction to a mutiny by the town’s unionized officers.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Report Reveals Sequester's Impact on Community Health Centers and Underserved Populations

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According to a recent analysis, community health centers and residents of medically underserved areas will be hard hit by federal budget cuts through sequestration.

The report released Monday as part of a collaborative study between the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, part of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University, and the RCHN Community Health Foundation, reveals that due to federal budget cuts through sequestration, the nation’s 1,200 community health programs will lose $120 million in funding.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Greenfield Public Schools to Discontinue Only Virtual School in Mass.

The only virtual public school in Massachusetts will be closed this June, after a school committee vote last week to not continue the school under a recently approved state law that hopes to expand virtual schools with stricter state oversight.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

"East Coast Rapist" Sentenced to Life in Prison

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MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Connecticut man who became known as the "East Coast Rapist" for a series of sexual assaults over more than a decade from Rhode Island to Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison.

The three life terms imposed Friday on Aaron Thomas of New Haven, Conn., followed his guilty plea last year in Manassas, Virgina for abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters and raping two of them on Halloween 2009 in Prince William County.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Mass. Life Sciences Industry Would Take Hard Hit from Sequester

According to analysis from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, federal budget cuts to research funding including grants from the National Institutes of Health could mean a loss of $127 million in Massachusetts. New York coulld lose $104 million.

Jennifer Zeitzer, Director of Legislative Affairs for FASEB, said that for the Bay State, the cuts could slow a fast growing life sciences industry.

FASEB estimates that all recipient institutions may have to cut their budgets by 5.1%

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New England News
5:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Former Mass. Treasurer Agrees to Pay $100,000 Fine

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts treasurer has agreed to pay a $100,000 civil fine in exchange for prosecutors dropping a criminal case against him.

Tim Cahill, a former gubernatorial candidate, acknowledged he violated the state's civil ethics law but he will not have to face a second trial on corruption charges, under an agreement announced Friday.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Community Corner: Jason McCandless, Superintendent of Lee Public Schools

The search for a superintendent for Pittsfield Public schools has come to an end. Current superintendent of Lee Public Schools Jason McCandless will be taking the position in Pittsfield in the next school year. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with McCandless about his new job, the federal and state education budget, and closing the so-called achievement gap in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Report Urges Mass. Officials to Combat Lyme Disease

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BOSTON (AP) — A new report is urging Massachusetts officials take more drastic steps to combat Lyme disease, from launching aggressive public education campaigns to exploring expanded crossbow hunting to cut down on the number of deer that may be carrying ticks.

The report released Thursday by a special legislative commission also said the state needs to enhance its Lyme disease surveillance methods to get a better idea of the scope of the problem.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Federal Court to Hear Appeal in Inmate Sex Change Case

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in April in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate.

The state is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordering prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

On Thursday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston scheduled a hearing for April 2.

Kosilek was named Robert when convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Environmentalists Urge MassDEP to Take Precautions in Updated Waste Management Plan

As state officials in Massachusetts are working to develop a new waste-management master plan, environmental advocates are warning that some options would open the door to higher levels of air pollution.

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