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 14, 2013

Mass. U.S. Senate Candidate Will Not Sign "People's Pledge"

State Rep. Daniel Winslow

BOSTON (AP) — A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate says he has no interest in signing a pledge to discourage outside groups from running ads in the upcoming special election in Massachusetts.

State Rep. Daniel Winslow said Thursday his campaign would welcome "positive" help from any outside group.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Officials: Mass. Senate Election Will Cost Millions

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say it is expected to cost Massachusetts at least $13.5 million to hold the special election to fill the U.S. Senate formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump has estimated that it will cost cities and towns nearly $8.3 million to run the April 30 primary election and the June 25 final. The special election has been classified by the auditor's office as an "unfunded local mandate," meaning the state must reimburse local communities for the costs they incur.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Mass. Gov. to Lead Trade Mission to Colombia

Credit Rappaport Center

BOSTON (AP) —Gov. Deval Patrick will be leading a Massachusetts trade mission to Colombia.

Patrick, his wife, Diane, and the delegation of government and business leaders plan to leave on Saturday for the South American nation and return to Boston on Tuesday. The group will stop in several Colombian cities including Bogota and Cartagena.

The governor's office said in a statement Thursday that the mission seeks to strengthen the state's ties to Colobmia's growing innovation, life sciences and clean energy sectors.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Massachusetts Program Supports Regionalization of Community Initiatives

Over $2 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support a wide variety of community-based initiatives, from public safety to information technology. 

The 2nd round of the Community Innovation Challenge Grants were announced this week to support expansion and regionalization of a slew of community programs across the Bay State. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray says that the $2.25M round of funding is important for solidifying important programs, but will also save cities and towns money in the long-term.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Family Awarded Millions in Motrin Lawsuit

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts jury has found health care giant Johnson & Johnson should pay a Massachusetts teenager and her parents $63 million after she suffered a life-threatening drug reaction when she took children's Motrin nearly a decade ago.

A Plymouth Superior Court jury on Wednesday decided that J&J and its McNeil Laboratories subsidiary should pay Samantha Reckis and her parents a total of $109 million, including interest.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gov. Patrick Open to New Revenue Proposals

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he remains open to other ideas for raising revenue to pay for improvements in transportation and education.

Patrick has proposed a series of tax changes in his budget calling for a net increase of nearly $2 billon. His plan includes hiking the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while reducing the sales tax from the current 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Farmers Show Support For Bill to Expand Meat and Poultry Production in Mass.

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Farmers and agricultural advocates are rallying behind a piece of legislation that promises to expand the potential for local meat and poultry processing in Massachusetts.

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New England News
2:47 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Mass. Pols Hopeful for Immigration Reform After State of the Union

Massachusetts 2nd District U.S. Congressman James McGovern
Credit official photo

President Obama took a few minutes in his State of the Union address to recognize bipartisan efforts in Congress to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away,” President Obama said. “Let’s get it done.”

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New England News
10:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mass. Tribe Takes 'Step Forward' in Casino Bid

BOSTON (AP) — A Native American tribe hoping to develop a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts has received a favorable opinion on their land bid from the federal government.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe announced Tuesday that the Office of Indian Gaming, in a preliminary advisory opinion, said the land where the casino has been proposed in Taunton qualifies as an "initial reservation," as does land in Mashpee, where the tribe is headquartered.

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WAMC News
8:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Report: Hurricane Sandy Second-Costliest in U.S. History

Credit Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The National Hurricane Center says Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history.

The center released a report Tuesday that attributes 72 deaths in the U.S. directly to Sandy, from Maryland to New Hampshire. That's more than any hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. since Hurricane Agnes killed 122 people in 1972.

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