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
8:34 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jobless Rate Ticks Down in Region in May; RI Leads

New England's unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point in May and is near its lowest level since January 2009.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday the jobless rate in the region was 6.8 percent last month, down from 6.9 percent in April. Officials say it has fallen 1.1 by percent in the last year.

The national rate is 8.2 percent.

Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 11 percent, and the second highest in the United States. Nevada's is 11.6 percent.

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New England News
7:36 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Brown, Patrick Weigh In on Immigration Law Ruling

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are weighing in on a Supreme Court decision throwing out provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The court also upheld the law's "show me your papers" requirement that police to check the status of people stopped for various reasons who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally.

Brown called the ruling another reminder that the federal government needs to deal with the nation's broken immigration system and that the first step is securing the border.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Massachusetts Grants Fund State Parks Improvement Projects

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is funding  a series of initiatives aimed at making public recreation improvements in areas across the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Masschusetts DCR recently announced two programs to help upgrade outdoor attractions and state parks. The 2012 Partnerships Matching Funds Program last week awarded $1 million in matching grants to community organizations, private businesses, non-profits, and parks advocacy groups to help fund select improvements. DCR’s Conrad Crawford explains…

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New England News
5:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

High Season for Honeybees

Beekeeping has become a surprisingly fast growing hobby in Massachusetts, despite a time of overall lower honey production caused by new diseases affecting hive populations, and uncooperative weather. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look and filed this report…

President of the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association Dan Conlon has seen some funny business in the honey business this year.

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New England News
3:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Competition for Summer Jobs

For students, now is the time of year when school ends and summer vacation begins – and for many that means trying to find a summer job. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the market for part-time work for young people.

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New England News
5:55 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Berkshire Housing Market In Tune With Lower Unemployment Numbers

The Berkshire County economy is picking up speed, with the area’s employment numbers matching the state average for the first time in months, and the real estate market improving. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:46 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Advocates Praising Obama's Immigration Plan for Students

With President Obama’s recent announcement to halt the deportation of undocumented students, advocates for immigrants in Massachusetts are speaking up about their support for the plan. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
6:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Brown Agrees to Debate with Warren

BOSTON (AP) — US Senator Scott Brown has agreed to a third debate with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Brown campaign manager Jim Barnett says the Republican has accepted an invitation from a consortium of Boston media outlets.

The announcement came one day after Brown's campaign declined an invitation to participate in a debate proposed by the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Springfield Transportation Hub Project Recieves Funding

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Plans to make Springfield, Masscahusetts a regional transportation hub have taken a step forward with federal approval of $17 million for the city's Union Station redevelopment.

The city's chief development officer tells The Republican that the $17 million is the final piece of the $45 million total project.

The Springfield Redevelopment Authority said Tuesday that demolition on the project is expected to start in October or November.

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New England News
5:12 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Regional Veteran's Benefit Centers Recieve Part of $15 Million Federal Grant

The US Department of Labor’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has  awarded $15 million to veterans benefit programs across the country, including one-and-a-half million in Massachusetts alone. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at how the grants will affect the region.

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