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
4:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Head of Mass. Democratic Party Apologizes for "Honorary Girl" Remark

The head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party is apologizing for suggesting that Republican Sen. Scott Brown was trying to portray himself as "an honorary girl" in TV ads that seek to attract women voters. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Chairman John Walsh said in a statement he regretted the remark, which he said was made in the excitement of the opening of the party's national convention.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

CT Labor Officials Say Companies More Reluctant to Pay Unpaid Wages Due to Economy

Connecticut labor officials say the weak economy is making it harder to force companies to pay unpaid wages.

The Department of Labor says it recovered more than $5.5 million in unpaid wages for workers in Connecticut in the year that ended June 30. Officials responded to 3,800 complaints about unpaid wages.

That's down from $6.1 million recovered last year in response to 3,682 claims.

Gary Pechie, director of the wage and workplace standards division, said Friday that businesses are fighting state officials and refusing to pay. Other companies are out of business.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Englanders Expected to Travel More on Labor Day Weekend

The thought of one more road trip before winter is inspiring more New England residents to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

AAA says about 1.6 million New England residents, or about 11.3 percent of the population, will travel 50 miles or more from home during the weekend. That represents a three percent increase over last year, just slightly ahead of the national forecast of 2.9 percent.

AAA Southern New England says the increase appears to reflect the nation's continued slow and steady economic recovery.

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New England News
3:36 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MA Insurance Regulators Deny Request for Increase in Workers' Comp. Rates

Massachusetts Insurance Regulators have denied a proposal that would have raised state workers’ compensation rates nearly 19%. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Workers’ compensation insurance is paid out by employers to employees in case of job related accidents. The money covers services including medical care and rehabilitation.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

North Adams to Make 300 Municipal Upgrades to Comply with ADA

In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of North Adams, Massachusetts must make over 300 repairs and upgrades to its municipal structures. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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New England News
5:48 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MassDOT Secretary Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Board Restructuring

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has released all five members of the state transportation board. The board will be restructured in September, but the move is sparking some controversy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard filed a report…

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New England News
5:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New England Unemployment Rate Rises

The unemployment rate in New England climbed in July but remains below the national average.

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday the jobless rate in the six-state region was 7.1 percent last month, up from 6.8 percent in June.

Rhode Island's 10.8 percent unemployment rate is the highest in New England and the second highest in the U.S.

By contrast, Vermont's rate of 5 percent is the lowest in the region and the fifth lowest in the country.

The national jobless rate in July was 8.3 percent.

New England News
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

CT House Speaker Withdraws from Congressional Race

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Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan is withdrawing as a third party candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District.

After losing the Democratic primary on Aug. 14 to former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Donovan could have remained in the race because he was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Study Suggests Dam Removal Can Restore Native New England Fish Species

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory - NOAA

Researchers are claiming that it’s possible to save important native New England fish species if certain upgrades and removal of existing infrastructure can be made. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Ecologists from UMass Amherst and Stony Brook University in New York are saying that although the survival of some species of river herring in New England is threatened, work can be done to restore the small fish to healthy populations.

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New England News
5:52 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

UMass Ranked 14th Nationally for Innovation

UMass Amherst

The five-campus University of Massachusetts system generated $35 million during the 2011 fiscal year from the commercialization of its academic research, putting the school 14th nationally. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

A report from the Association of University Technology Managers found that UMass signed 25 licenses, created one startup company, and filed 50 patent applications. UMass was sixth overall among public institutions and second behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among Bay State schools.

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