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
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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New England News
5:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Mass. Gov. Introduces Bill To Allow Parole for Convicted Youths

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has unveiled a series of sentencing reforms, including efforts to curb sentencing on youth offenders convicted of first-degree murder. 

Governor Patrick released a bill titled “An Act to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in the Commonwealth.” Two primary focuses of the bill would extended juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 years old to 18 years old, and would also prohibit mandatory life-sentences without parole for those convicted of first degree murder between ages 14 and 18.

In a prepared statement the Governor said…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick Defends Lt. Gov. Murray

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he does not believe an investigation into possible campaign finance violations was what prompted Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to skip the 2014 governor's race.

Patrick told reporters on Friday that Murray has answered "a lot of pointed questions" about the case and that he has full trust in the lieutenant governor.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Conn. Gun Buyback Program Nets Hundreds of Weapons

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A gun buyback program that began last month in Connecticut's biggest city has netted more than 500 weapons, including several dozen assault-style weapons.

Bridgeport city officials say more than $150,000 has been donated in the form of cash and grocery store gift cards to buy guns back from people.

The latest session of the program is taking place on Saturday and Mayor Bill Finch says it will continue for as long as necessary.

Police are offering up to $200 for a working handgun and $75 for rifles.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Tickets for 2013 Season at Tanglewood On Sale Sunday

WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra about some of the events happening at Tanglewood this summer.


 Tickets for the 76th Season at Tanglewood can be purchased online at www.BSO.org or by calling 888.266.1200

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New England News
4:25 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

High School Graduation Rates Improve in Massachusetts

According to new data, 4-year high school graduation rates in Massachusetts are on the increase, while the dropout rate is on the decline.

State officials recently announced that the 4-year graduation rate has improved in the Bay State for the sixth year in a row. JC Considine, a spokesman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said that the statewide dropout rate also decreased to 2.5% in the last school year.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Attorney: Pharmacy tied to outbreak paid out $70M

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An attorney says a Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak paid out more than $70 million to its owners and their other companies in the last six years.

Creditors' attorney David Molton made the disclosure Thursday at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing. At the hearing, Judge Henry Boroff gave a committee of creditors the right to seek a freeze on the New England Compounding Center's assets.

Molton had argued the company had a history of removing its assets.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal Makes Case for Small Brew Bill in Berkshires

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal met with brewers from across the Bay State today to discuss the upcoming brewing industry and a bill that seeks to make microbreweries more competitive.

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New England News
5:55 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Opinions Mixed on Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget

Opinions are mixed on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion budget released yesterday – some advocacy groups are saying the investments will pay off, while others are warning that a hike in taxes will damage a recovering economy.

In a speech detailing his  FY 2014 budget proposal, Governor Patrick focused on his plan to raise nearly $2 billion to increase funding for two key areas: education and transportation.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mass. AG Coakley Calls for Energy Summit

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley plans to convene a "summit" to find ways to bring down what she calls soaring energy costs in Massachusetts.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Coakley said energy costs discourage employers from moving to the state and make it harder for those already here to expand and add jobs.

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