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
8:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Judge Orders Seizure of Mass. Pharmacy Owners' Homes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A bankruptcy court judge has ordered the homes of the owners of a Massachusetts pharmacy seized as they face lawsuits related to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.

The homes' combined value was estimated at about $21 million at the time of the January order, filed with the court Wednesday.

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New England News
6:36 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Berkshire County Wood Products Industry Will See Changes Under Quarantine

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Due to the discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in Dalton last summer, Berkshire County is now under strict orders to contain the movement of ash lumber and all hardwood firewood from outside of its borders.

Dicken Crane sells ash lumber from his Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton. He said that if the quarantine zone were not confined to Berkshire County only, he’d have an easier time getting his lumber or firewood processed, which often must be done in other parts of the state.

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New England News
12:57 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Western Mass. Towns Take Opposite Approach to Wind Power

Two small towns in Western Massachusetts have opposite opinions on developing future wind energy projects in their communities.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

ACLU Asks Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Drug Scandal Cases

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BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is asking the state's highest court to get involved in a state drug lab scandal that threatens to derail thousands of criminal cases.

The ACLU is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to find that all defendants whose cases were handled by former state chemist Annie Dookhan have a presumptive right to have their sentences put on hold while motions for new trials are pending.

Dookhan is accused of faking test results and tampering with evidence.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Western Mass. Utility Asking Customers to Prepare for Winter Storm

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A Western Massachusetts utility is warning customers to prepare for a winter storm expected to bring prolonged rain and snow into the region. 

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Reported Federal Investigation Involves Berkshire Town Donation Fund

A federal investigation is reportedly underway involving a long-standing toy fund in the Berkshire town of Lee.

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New England News
2:28 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley Discusses National Consumer Protection Week

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

March 3rd-9th is being recognized as National Consumer Protection Week, and state agencies across the country are doing their part to advise consumers about how to safely make a big purchase, protect themselves from fraud, and to understand their rights as consumers.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Connecticut Lawmakers Split on Gun Legislation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative working group is offering two lists of recommendations for addressing gun violence: one from the majority Democrats and another from the Republican members.

While some of the Democrats' gun control proposals unveiled Tuesday go further than the Republicans' ideas, such as expanding the definition of an assault weapon under Connecticut's current assault weapons ban, there were some overlaps. Democrats also called for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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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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