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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Elections
6:16 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Advocacy Group Compares Obama and Romney on Health Care

A non-partisan group has determined that families buying health insurance would pay about twice as much under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

In a study completed by the national non-profit Familes USA, researches determined that families buying health insurance would pay far more under Mitt Romney’s proposals than President Obama’s signature health care law by 2016, the last year of the next elected president’s term.

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New England News
12:21 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Berkshire Labor Market Trends Revealed in New Report

Robert Clifford of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston addresses members of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce at the Pittsfield Country Club. 9/27/2012.
Lucas Willard WAMC

Today in Pittsfield, a detailed analysis of the Berkshire County labor market was presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to highlight the changes, strengths, and challenges facing workers and employers in region. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Berkshire Community College Recieves $88K for Investment in STEM Education

The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts have received $4 million in grant money to increase skill training and support job creation in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

The grants were announced yesterday by Governor Deval Patrick are through the state’s Performance Incentive Fund, which is part of the administration’s pledge to strengthen the state’s public education system via the Vision Project. Education Secretary Paul Reville.

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Elections
5:25 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Connecticut Supreme Court Sides With GOP on Ballot Line Issue

The Connecticut Supreme Court has sided with state Republicans, agreeing their candidates should appear on the top line of the November election ballot.

In a unanimous decision posted Wednesday, the justices agreed state law requires Republican candidates to be placed on the top line.

The GOP took Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to court after she denied their request to change the order of the ballot.

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New England News
5:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Berkshire Communities Hold Together on PCB Cleanup

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

The leaders of several Berkshire communities are united in their stance to support to remove harmful PCBs from the Housatonic River, while no plan has yet been proposed by General Electric or the EPA on the cleanup of the so-called Rest of River. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

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Elections
4:17 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Staff members for US Sen. Scott Brown war whoop in video

US Senator Scott Brown

Staff members for GOP U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and the Massachusetts Republican Party are seen shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops in a new video.

The actions are an apparent reference to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage.

A Massachusetts Republican party spokesman confirmed one of its field coordinators, Brad Garnett, is seen leading whoops and making tomahawk gestures.

State Democratic officials identified another individual making tomahawk motions as Jack Richard, a member of Brown's US Senate office.

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Elections
4:13 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Scott Brown accuses Elizabeth Warren of hypocrisy over legal work

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren once did legal work for a company that was fighting a federal mandate to pay additional money into a health care fund for retired coal miners. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Published reports Tuesday said Warren was paid about $10,000 in the 1990s to work on a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of LTV Steel, which was emerging from bankruptcy.

The 1992 federal Coal Act required companies to pay into a fund for long-term health care of retired miners and their families.

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New England News
4:05 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Mass. Officials Warn of Phone Scam

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says residents who get a call from someone claiming to be from the agency asking for money are being scammed.

The agency said Tuesday a woman called them last week to say she had received a voice mail from a man who said he was from the office.

The woman called the number back and was told she had won $300,000, but would have to send in a $360 check for "insurance." She was told once the check was received, winnings would be transferred to her. She hung up.

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New England News
7:23 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mass. Health Officials Confirm Second Death From EEE

Massachusetts health officials confirm a second death from mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis and a new case that brings the summer's total to seven.

The health department also confirmed two new West Nile virus cases Monday, bringing that total to 19, triple last year's.

The new EEE case is a Plymouth County boy under 18 who is recovering. The new West Nile cases are men in their 50s, a Boston man who is hospitalized and a Hampden County man who has recovered.

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New England News
7:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Berkshire Mayors Put Focus on Aging Workers

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright reads a proclamation declaring the week of September 24th to be Employ Older Workers Week.
Lucas Willard WAMC

The Mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are encouraging employers in Berkshire County to recognize National Employ Older Workers Week. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports from North Adams, where a proclamation was signed today.

Roger Suters, Director of Community Services at Berkshire Elder Services says that for Berkshire County, the loss of manufacturing jobs has pushed much of the younger work force out. Now, he says, the percentage of workers over the age of 55 in the area is 21%.

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