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
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.

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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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New England News
6:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Many Seek Clarification of Mass. Medical Marijuana Law as Listening Tour Begins

Public hearings on the future regulation of medical marijuana in Massachusetts will be held this month, but as a deadline approaches, some are concerned that the state’s final regulations may come later than expected.

Beginning Wednesday evening, state officials from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a series of public listening sessions before the implementation of medical marijuana regulations.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Federal Health Care Law Challenges Conn. Budget

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The federal health care overhaul law is providing both challenges and opportunities for Connecticut lawmakers as they try to reach a state budget compromise with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Malloy's two-year, $43.8 billion proposal includes millions of dollars in spending needed to comply with the federal health care law. But it also relies on millions of dollars in savings that the law generates.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Springfield Will Hold Community Negotiations with Casino Developers

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield's mayor has decided to open host community negotiations with each of the two companies hoping to develop casinos in the western Massachusetts city.

Mayor Domenic Sarno made the announcement on Monday after an internal review by the city of both casino proposals, one by MGM Resorts International and the other by Penn National Gaming.

The city could have chosen to negotiate with just one developer. The plan to begin negotiations with both companies does not guarantee that agreements will be struck with one or both.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. Chemists Paid to Stay Home Despite Backlog

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BOSTON (AP) — Thirteen employees of a now-closed Massachusetts drug lab are receiving full salaries and benefits even though they have been unable to work as an investigation into the actions of one of their fellow chemists continues.

The investigation which shuttered the lab has focused on chemist Annie Dookhan. Investigators accuse Dookhan of fabricating drug test results and tampering with evidence while testing samples.

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New England News
12:42 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Thousands Still Without Power in Massachusetts After Storm

Credit National Weather Service

The snow and wind from the weekend’s winter storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of Bay State residents this weekend, but the while much of the state has had their electricity restored, residents in some areas are still waiting.

As of 10 am Monday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that 116,000 were still without power – including 93,000 NSTAR customers, and 23,000 served by National Grid.

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