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
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Welcomes Affordable Housing Development in Pittsfield

Gov. Deval Patrick talks to the crowd at the opening of the Rice Silk Mill in Pittsfield.

Today in Pittsfield the Governor of Massachusetts joined local and state officials to announce the opening of a brand new affordable housing building set to help revitalize a working class neighborhood. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Governor Deval Patrick stood in the community room of the newly opened Rice Silk Mill, a 45-unit affordable housing building in Pittsfield’s Morningside neighborhood to pay tribute to the team work it took to make the project a reality.

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New England News
5:24 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

As state and federal officials are still working with GE on a plan to clean PCBs from the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, local activists are searching for new technologies to lessen the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In an event yesterday evening sponsored by local environmental groups and hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, company BioTech Restorations presented new technologies they’ve been developing to remove harmful chemicals from contaminated soil.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Connecticut Sees Drop in Unemployment Rate

Connecticut labor officials say unemployment in the state edged down slightly in September as the number of jobs rose.

The unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent in September from 9 percent in August.

Labor officials said Thursday that preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Connecticut's job market stabilized. Employers added 2,000 jobs in September.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

New Advocacy Group Focuses on Arts in Massachusetts

This week, arts and cultural leaders in the Berkshires welcomed the launch of a new statewide advocacy organization that places an emphasis on arts education and arts as economic development. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

At the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield this week, supporters gathered to introduce MASSCreative. Matt Wilson, MASSCreative’s Executive Director, said that the organization is ready to send a unified political message advocating for arts education and building strong communities.

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New England News
5:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

State Auditor Finds Shortcomings in Commonwealth's MassHealth System

A recent audit of the MassHealth system has found the system open to fraud with thousands ineligible individuals receiving healthcare benefits from Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released a report yesterday that pointed out shortcomings in the MassHealth system, which included failures of the state office of Medicaid to verify the incomes and residency of individuals who received tax-payer funded health care benefits.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Group: Vote "yes" on Mass. auto repair question

Backers of the so-called "Right To Repair" ballot question are now urging supporters in Massachusetts to vote "yes" on the initiative.

The Right to Repair Committee had initially joined with auto manufacturers to urge voters to skip Question 1 on the November ballot after both sides reached a compromise which was later approved by lawmakers.

The new law requiring car makers provide independent repair shops with access to their diagnostic systems was approved in July, too late to remove it from the ballot.

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Elections
6:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Fact Check: Romney's Stance on Gun Control

In last night’s presidential debate, former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney stated that while in Boston both sides came together to create an assault weapons ban. But is that statement accurate? WAMC’s Lucas Willard did some fact-checking and filed this report.

In last night’s presidential debate, moderator Candy Crowley pressed Mitt Romney’s stance on a federal assault weapons ban – asking why he came from supporting an assault weapons ban in Massachusetts to not supporting a federal ban. This was his response.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Stakeholders Concerned About Invasive Pest, Quarantine

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

At a public meeting in Pittsfield, a panel of state and federal officials heard comments from landowners and stakeholders in the forest products industry about how Massachusetts should protect itself from further infestation of an invasive forest pest. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In the basement auditorium of Pittsfield’s public library, state and federal officials discussed the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Berkshire town of Dalton, ways to prevent the spread of the insect, and answered questions from a packed house of attendees.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Jackie Guthrie, wife of singer Arlo Guthrie, dies at 68

AP

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has announced the death of his wife, Jackie, at age 68.

An obituary released by Guthrie's record label says Jackie Guthrie had inoperable cancer and died Sunday at the couple's winter home in Sebastian, Fla. They had recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.

In a Facebook posting, Guthrie says his relationship with his wife was "a very great love."

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New England News
4:22 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

US Department of Justice Reaches Agreement with North Adams

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached an agreement with North Adams to improve access for people with disabilities.

Announced Tuesday, the agreement was reached under Project Civic Access, the Justice Department's initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The compliance review began after a complaint that the city's police station was physically inaccessible.

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