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
12:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Record Turnout of Mass. Voters on Election Day

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Secretary of State William Galvin says a record number of Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day.

Galvin says 3,184,196 people voted on Nov. 6, or 73.3 percent of the state's 4.3 million voters. That was about 81,000 more than participated in the elections of November 2008.

The final vote tallies are scheduled to be submitted to the Governor's Council on Wednesday for certification.

Vote certification means that the right to repair and medical marijuana ballot questions approved take effect Jan. 1.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Mass. Regulators Approve Cape Wind Deal

State regulators have approved the utility NStar's deal to buy a significant portion of the Cape Wind offshore wind project's planned power.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities announced its decision to approve the 15-year deal Monday.

NStar's agreement to buy 27.5 percent of the wind farm's power was nearly identical to the utility National Grid's previously-approved agreement with Cape Wind to buy half its power.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Mass. Gov. Not Seeking New Regulations After Explosion

Governor Deval Patrick

Gov. Deval Patrick isn't looking for any new laws or regulations after a natural gas explosion injured more than 20 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield.

Patrick told reporters Monday that the explosion was the result of human error and there's only so much that regulations or laws can do to prevent such an incident.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan on Sunday said the Friday night blast was caused when a utility worker accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Berkshire County Lawmakers Watching State Revenues Closely

As tax revenue collections in Massachusetts are falling below benchmarks, lawmakers in the Berkshires are warning against potential budget cuts that would put a burden on Western Massachusetts residents. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:49 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Invasive Pest Prompts New Hampshire to Clear Trees

Range of the Red Pine
Credit USGS

An invasive forest pest commonly found in New York and Southern New England was recently discovered in New Hampshire, and now it’s prompting state officials there to clear hundreds of acres of forest land to prevent the spread of the insect. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
4:31 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Opinions Mixed on Materials Bans in Mass.

As more communities in the Commonwealth are placing bans on things like plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, some are calling for more action, while others say it’s creating more headaches. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
12:09 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Annual Report Informs Parents of Dangerous Toys

Parents can use a cardboard toilet paper tube to determine if a toy presents a choking hazard.
Credit WAMC

The United States Public Interest Research Group has released its 27th annual report detailing unsafe toys and how parents can protect their children from dangerous products on store shelves. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Yesterday, the US PIRG Education Fund Released the 27th annual Trouble in Toyland Report. Across the country, coordinators discussed the report, shared safety guidelines for consumers purchasing toys for young children and provided examples of toys on store shelves that could present safety hazards.

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New England News
12:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Judge Won't Order More Hair Removal for Transgender Inmate

A federal judge in Massachusetts says he won't order more hair-removal treatments for a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery.

Judge Mark Wolf also ruled Tuesday that the gender reassignment surgery he ordered for Michelle Kosilek in September will be on hold until the state appeals his ruling.

Kosilek, convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek, was born male but has received hormone treatments and now lives as a woman in an all-male prison.

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New England News
12:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Conn. medical marijuana business group discussed

Advocates of Connecticut's new medical marijuana law say a new business alliance of medical marijuana entrepreneurs could help educate patients, doctors and the public about the drug and combat the stigma of pot.

About a dozen people, including some state Capitol lobbyists, turned out on Tuesday for an organizational meeting of the proposed Connecticut Medical Cannabis Business Alliance.

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New England News
12:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Mass. Transgender Inmate Seeking Electrolysis

The chief psychiatrist for the Massachusetts Department of Correction says a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery has no medical need for further electrolysis treatments.

Dr. Robert Diener testified Monday on Michelle Kosilek's request to have additional hair-removal treatments. Diener said he evaluated Kosilek in 2010 and again last month and concluded that Kosilek's anxiety level hasn't changed, even though she hasn't had electrolysis treatments since 2008.

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