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

Chief of Mass. Crime Lab Chosen to Lead Conn. Lab

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The director of the state crime lab in Massachusetts has been tapped to lead the troubled crime lab in Connecticut.

The appointment of Guy Vallaro as director of the Connecticut’s Forensic Science Laboratory was announced Monday.

The Connecticut lab has struggled with a huge case backload and other problems identified in U.S. Justice Department audits. It won back its professional accreditation earlier this year.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

ACLU Challenges Commonwealth's View on Sharing Pot

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is speaking out against the Commonwealth’s persecution of those who share marijuana, despite a ballot measure in 2008 that decriminalized the drug. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
6:07 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Massachusetts to Grant In-State Tuition to Immigrant Students

The Governor of Massachusetts has submitted a request to the state’s Commissioner of Higher Education that  formerly undocumented students living in the Commonwealth receive in-state college tuition at public universities and community colleges. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
12:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Connecticut Receives Funds to Hire Workers for Sandy Cleanup

Credit Courtesy NOAA

The Connecticut Department of Labor is set to receive more than $1.8 million in federal funding to hire dislocated workers to help with cleanup and recovery efforts stemming from Superstorm Sandy.

The state's congressional delegation announced Friday the National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help create about 120 temporary jobs.

Initially, more than $610,000 will be released.

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