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 January 31, 2013

Mass. Mayors Call on Congress to Reduce Gun Violence

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
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BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from across Massachusetts are calling on Congress to take action to reduce gun-related violence.

More than a dozen mayors from Massachusetts cities met with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday to renew their push for tighter gun laws.

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New England News
3:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Mass. Inspector General Reveals Up To $25M in Welfare Fraud

A recent report released by the Inspector General of Massachusetts claims that the state’s welfare system could be paying out up to $25 million in fraudulent benefits.

A document released this week by state Inspector General Glenn Cunha studied eligibility information from those benefitting from the state and federally funded Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. The cash assistance program is overseen by the state Department of Transitional Assistance.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Mass. Ex-Chemist Accused of Faking Test Results Pleads Not Guilty

Credit Bizuayehu Tesfaye / AP

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab has pleaded not guilty to six counts of obstruction of justice in a scandal that could jeopardize thousands of drug convictions.

Annie Dookhan was indicted on a total of 27 charges accusing her of fabricating test results and tampering with drug evidence while testing substances in criminal cases.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Export Forum Benefits Berkshire Businesses

Pittsfield-area commercial leaders and experts participated in a forum Tuesday to discuss bringing their businesses to an international level. 

U.S. Representative Richard Neal said that the forum he organized for the business community in his new Congressional district is similar to forums he previously held in a former district closer to Boston. Neal said that across the Massachusetts have a significant potential for growth in a new global marketplace.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch Expected to Announce Senate Candidacy on Mass. Tour

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BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch is launching a tour of Massachusetts during which he's expected to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry.

Lynch plans to begin his tour Thursday in Springfield with a visit to O'Brien's Corner restaurant, followed by a stop at the Parkway Diner in Worcester.

Lynch will end the day with a rally at the Iron Workers Local 7 union hall in South Boston. Lynch is a former ironworker who became a union official before entering politics.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Fiber Optic High-Speed Internet Will Come to Western Mass. in March

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A public economic development institute in Massachusetts has released a detailed map of when areas of Western Massachusetts will be connected with a federally funded high-speed internet fiber optic network. The first segments will be operational in the coming months.

At a community meeting in Great Barrington on Tuesday evening, Judy Dumont, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced that the first segments of the fiber-optic MassBroadband 123 network will be lit up this March.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Conn. Lawmakers Studying Mental Health Care With Few Details on Newtown Gunman

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing mental health care following the Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into what might have been ailing the 20-year-old gunman.

A prosecutor says he cannot release any information about Adam Lanza's mental health because of state conduct rules for attorneys.

His office is reviewing whether details of Lanza's mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly in June.

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New England News
5:16 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Mass. Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Storage Law

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has rejected challenges to a state law that requires gun owners to keep their weapons in a locked container or equipped with a safety device.

Ruling in two separate cases Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court found that the requirements of the state's gun storage law "are reasonably designed" to prevent people not licensed to carry a gun from gaining illegal access to a gun, including felons, the mentally ill and children. The court said the law does not violate the Second Amendment right to keep guns for self-defense in the home.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

U.S. Rep. Markey Seeks to Keep Outside Money Out of Mass. Senate Race

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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is challenging all Democratic and Republican candidates in the race to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat to agree to keep outside groups from spending money on political ads.

The Malden Democratic said he wants a deal similar to the so-called "people's pledge" agreed to by former Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in last year's Senate race.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Mass. Reactions to "Gang of Eight" Bipartisan Immigration Plan

The announcement of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan plan to immigration reform was welcomed among advocacy groups in Massachusetts. A central pillar of the plan introduced by the so-called “Gang of Eight” is the Path to Citizenship, which would in part make undocumented immigrants to register with the Federal government, undergo background checks, and pay back taxes among other requirements.

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