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 York News
5:29 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Rep. Bill Owens Hosts Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Bill Owens of New York’s North Country held a telephone town hall meeting with constituents last. 

Congressman Owens opened his latest town hall meeting by providing an update on what he’s been working on lately with his colleagues in Washington and the district. The Democrat, who is retiring after this term, said much of his work currently has been focused on federal budget negotiations.

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New York News
1:23 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Albany Law School Prof. Offers Thoughts On Legal Battle For Gloversville Chimp

Credit Chad Kainz, flickr

An article recently published in The New York Times Magazine brought national attention to the

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New York News
1:39 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Documentary Chronicles Resistance To Attempted Neo-Nazi March

A documentary film chronicling the events of an attempted neo-Nazi march in the 1970's through a Chicago suburb will air next week on Capital Region PBS station WMHT. The release of the film, which tells the story of Holocaust survivors becoming human rights activists, coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Month.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $2.7 Million For Village Of Whitehall Sewer Upgrades

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week more than $2.7 million in funding to help a village in Washington County make upgrades to its faulty sewer system. 

The Democrats announced a $2 million grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program for the Village of Whitehall. The Washington County village near the Vermont border will use the funding to make repairs and comply with environmental regulations.

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New York News
1:52 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Police Arrest Capital Region Catholic Priest

James Michael Taylor
Credit Saratoga County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement officials in Saratoga County have announced the arrest of a Capital Region priest on charges that he had inappropriate contact with a 15-year old girl.

On Tuesday, April 22, James Michael Taylor, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Albany Diocese, was arrested at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office on the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor.

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New York News
5:55 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Applicants File For New York Casino License

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With high-profile casino projects in East Greenbush and Albany competing for New York’s sole casino license for the Capital Region, casino advocates from smaller communities also have high hopes.

The Howe Cave Development Corp., the organization working to establish Howe Caverns as a resort casino location received confirmation Wednesday that its $1 million application fee for a casino license has been received by New York’s gaming commission.

Chris Tague is a spokesman for the group hoping to build the resort at its location located about 40 miles from Albany...

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New York News
2:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Casino Operator Looks Beyond Saratoga Springs

A rendering of the proposed casino project located off Route 4 in East Greenbush
Credit Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Wednesday marks the deadline for casino developers in New York to submit their application fees to bid for a full-scale casino license. A casino operator in Saratoga Springs is now looking to build south of the Spa City.

The Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced this week that it would abandon plans to build a full-scale casino at its location in the Spa City that is home to its harness race track and VLT games.

The announcement came just one day before casino operators in New York were due to submit a $1 million application fee to the state.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

RPI Students Chat With Astronaut In Orbit

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio talks with students via Skype aboard the International Space Station.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A NASA Astronaut aboard the International Space Station spoke with students from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY live via Skype.

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, who earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from RPI in 1987, spoke Friday with students at his alma mater. He was floating miles above the Earth.

"RPI, I hear you loud and clear! Welcome to the International Space Station," said Mastracchio.

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New York News
2:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NYSERDA Awards Support Transportation Innovation

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Ildar Sagdejev

This week, the Cuomo administration announced $4.3 million in grants for projects that would reduce the environmental impact of transportation in New York.

The 17 awards, administered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – or NYSERDA – are focused on technologies that would reduce dependence on fossil fuels, cut down on pollution, and promote healthier lifestyles.

Spokeswoman Kate Muller said NYSERDA’s focus on technology is an aspect of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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New York News
5:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Walmart Could Bring Debate Back To Ballston

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Walmart has announced that it once again plans to build a new store in the Southern Saratoga County town of Ballston, but the presence of the retailer in the community may still prove controversial.

The nation’s largest retailer announced plans this week to build a new store in Ballston in a commercial development near the corners of Routes 50 and 67.

Walmart says the new store would bring with it 300 jobs, most of them fulltime positions.

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