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
6:13 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mass. groups concerned with cuts to local aid

Amid the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff and declining state revenues, this week Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed a series of mid-year budget cuts to close a half-billion dollar gap in state funding. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke to some that are concerned about the cuts.

Governor Patrick used his authority to propose emergency cuts in the state’s budget to close a $540 million gap in funding. And many are hoping that some of the governor’s planned cuts can be avoided.

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Report Predicts Sluggish Economic Growth in New England

A new report predicts continued sluggish economic growth in New England and cautions that most states in the region will not return to pre-recession employment levels until 2015.

The four-year forecast released Wednesday by the New England Economic Partnership says Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont will have the strongest economies in the six-state region, while Rhode Island will continue to experience the highest unemployment.

The economists said Maine and Connecticut will also struggle to reach pre-recession jobs levels before the end of 2016.

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WAMC News
4:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

School Districts in New York, Mass., and Conn. to Experiment with Longer School Days

Earlier this week, officials in five states announced they would be participating in a pilot program that would add hundreds of hours in classroom time to the school year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Pilot Program Extends School Day for Some Mass. Students

School for thousands of Massachusetts public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.

Massachusetts is among five states announcing today that they'll add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. The initiative is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The other states are Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Tennessee.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Massachusetts Gov. Sees Opening of Berkshire Wind Farm

Governor Deval Patrick celebrates the opening of the Hoosac Wind Power Project
Lucas Willard WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined state and local officials in the Northern Berkshires to mark the opening of the largest on-shore wind project in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Hoosac Wind Project, a 19-turbine industrial wind farm located in the Berkshire towns of Florida and Monroe was celebrated by state and local officials, General Electric, Iberdrola Renewables, and Governor Deval Patrick.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Ex-Mass. treasurer faces more questions

Timothy Cahill

Former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill took the stand for a second day in his public corruption trial on Friday.

Prosecutors say he used taxpayer-funded lottery ads to boost his faltering 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Cahill spent two hours on the witness stand Thursday, answering questions from his lawyer.

Under cross examination Friday, prosecutor Jim O'Brien pressed Cahill repeatedly about why he authorized ads for the state lottery as his 2010 independent gubernatorial campaign faltered.

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WAMC News
8:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

US to sell wind energy leases off 3 states

The federal government says it plans to sell leases for wind farms off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia, marking the first time it has sold competitive leases for wind energy on the outer continental shelf.

The Department of Interior and its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday said the leases for two areas totaling more than 430 square miles would be sold next year.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Patrick-Murray Administration Reveals New Water Conservation Guidelines

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has released a new framework to help protect water resources in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

This week Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and its agencies released a new set of guidelines that promise to manage water consumption to maintain and conserve healthy rivers and streams.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

For Berkshires, some will see taxes go up while property values go down

For communities in the Berkshires it’s the time of year when local governments determine their tax rates, and many this year are seeing their taxes go up while property values go down. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright said he’s predicting that residents of the small Berkshire city could see their taxes rise 3% this year – but he says his cities tight fiscal situation is not uncommon right now.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Republican Lawmakers Call for Departure of Mass. Sec. of Health and Human Services

Republicans in the state Legislature in Massachusetts are calling for the departure of JudyAnn Bigby, the state's health and human services secretary.

In a letter sent on Thursday to Gov. Deval Patrick, House Republicans cited "poor management" in the aftermath of two recent crises: The alleged tampering with drug tests at a former Department of Public Health lab, and a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy that was regulated by the state.

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