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
10:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Massachusetts Will Offer Dental Plans Through Health Connector

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin offering stand-alone dental plans for children and adults through the state's Health Connector starting next year.

State health officials say making dental care more readily available will improve the overall health of Massachusetts residents.

Dental coverage is one of several changes coming to the state's health care exchange.

Beginning in 2014, insurers seeking to offer plans through the connector must not only meet state requirements but also federal requirements to receive the connector's seal of approval.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U.S. Sen. Warren Seeking PAC Contributions

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging supporters to contribute to her political action committee, which she said is designed to give those without deep pockets an equal voice in Washington.

In an email to her backers, Warren said her PAC for a Level Playing Field won't be funded by big corporate interests, but will be funded by what she called "grassroots donors."

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Mass. Secretary of Education Makes First Tour of Berkshires

Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone (center) meets with education leaders at Berkshire Community College.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The recently appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Education visited with school superintendents and local officials in the Berkshires today to hear suggestions for improving the state education system.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Mass. DCR Announces Quarantine to Halt Spread of Invasive Insect

Credit courtesy NYS DEC

The Masscahusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced today a bold step in preventing the spread of an invasive insect.  Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

At the DCR’s headquarters in Pittsfield Thursday morning, Commissioner Ed Lambert made an announcement on action that will be taken to control the serious threat of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer….

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Mass. Gambling Lobby Spends Less in 2012

BOSTON (AP) — The gambling industry spent $2.3 million dollars lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers in 2012, a drop from the $3.1 million spent by the industry in Massachusetts in 2011.

A review of lobbying records by The Associated Press found that despite the decline, companies hoping to land one of the state's coveted casino license still poured hundreds of thousands into lobbying.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Conn. Woman Charged with Falsely Threatening Community College

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Connecticut woman has been charged with falsely threatening to carry out a suicidal mass shooting and bombing at Gateway Community College in New Haven.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday that 19-year-old Amanda C. Bowden of East Haven was charged with one count of false information and hoaxes. She was detained.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Asked to Provide Home Heating Assistance in Shadow of Federal Cuts

Advocates for low-income families in Massachusetts are calling on the state and federal governments to increase funding for fuel assistance programs in the shadow of sequestration.

In a few short days, members of Congress must vote to avoid the series of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, but if not; many programs that benefit the neediest families will have their budgets slashed mid-year.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

North Adams Organization Receives State Funding for Downtown Flood Chute Project

A Northern Berkshire County community will benefit from state funding designed to enhance and restore rivers and wetlands across Massachusetts.

This week, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced more than $64,000 in funding to support seven rivers and wetlands Priority Projects in Massachusetts. Through the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, the series of grants will support community organizations in a variety of projects, including dam removal and replacement, infrastructure repair, and habitat restoration.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Pittsfield May Consider Ban on Foam Food Containers

The city council in Pittsfield may consider a proposal that would ban restaurants from selling food in plastic foam containers in the Berkshire City.

Pittsfield resident and attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo III first proposed the idea to members of city government in a column published in the Berkshire Eagle earlier this month.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

NH Lawmakers to Vote on Ski Pass Bill

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are set to determine the fate of a bill that would grant themselves free ski passes.

WMUR-TV reports that the Legislative Administration Committee is leaning towards a decision to halt a bill that would provide lawmakers with ski passes to the Cannon Mountain ski area.

For adults, a one-day pass at Cannon runs $70.

Supporters of the bill say the free-pass for lawmakers would promote New Hampshire culture, parks, and business. Opponents are arguing that enough use of a free pass would eclipse lawmakers’ own salary.

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