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
5:52 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mass. Lawmakers Give Approval to Health Care Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill designed to save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.

Legislative leaders say the bill will also help guarantee the future of the state's landmark 2006 health care law and set Massachusetts on a path to being the first state to holding the future growth of health care costs close to the rate of inflation.

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New England News
6:02 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Mass. Legislature Rejects Governor's Amendment to Crime Bill

The Massachusetts Legislature has rejected Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed amendment to a bill barring parole for three-time violent felons, leaving the fate of the bill in doubt as the legislative session nears an end.

Patrick's so-called "safety valve" amendment would have given limited discretion to judges to grant parole to felons after serving two-thirds of their maximum prison sentence or after serving 25 years of a life sentence.

The House rejected the amendment on a 132-23 vote on Monday. The Senate defeated it on a voice vote.

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New England News
5:58 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Massachusetts Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill Faces Tight Deadline

The Massachusetts legislature is pushing to finalize a number of bills before the end of the formal session, including one that would strengthen the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:46 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Approves Updates to Community Preservation Act

The Governor of Massachusetts has signed an overhaul of the Community Preservation Act, which provides state funding to towns that have adopted the law for open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The changes to the 12-year old Community Preservation Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick this month were included in the state’s fiscal year 2013 budget, signed on July 8th.

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New England News
11:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

German U-Bout Found Sunk off Massachusetts Coast

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in deep waters off the coast of Massachusetts.

The U-550 was found on Monday by a seven-man group, some of whom have been searching for the lost U-boat for several years.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Berkshire Projects Secured in Transportation Bond Bill

A section of Route 8 in the Berkshires washed out by Tropical Storm Irene.
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This week the Massachusetts Senate passed a transportation bond bill designed to fund a slew of long-term , major transportation projects but time is running out before it can be approved by the Governor. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The bill titled An Act Financing Improvements to the Commonwealth’s Transportation System  was approved by the Senate this week to provide nearly 1.4 billion in state and federal aid to infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.

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New England News
4:29 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Equine Encephalitis Virus Found in Pittsfield Mosquito

The Massachusetts  Department of Public Health confirmed Friday that they discovered evidence of more mosquitos carrying infectious disease in Pittsfield. 

State health officials announced that Equine Encephalitis virus was detected in a specimen sampled from the Williams Street area of Pittsfield. The city has announced that they will treat the area with insecticide.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is warning that those under 15 and over 50 are at the greatest risk for serious illness.

New England News
4:20 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray Stops in Pittsfield on Tour of "Creative Economy"

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray toured Western Massachusetts yesterday, stopping in Springfield and Pittsfield to highlight the creative economy. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:49 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Symposium Gathers Data on Opinion of Wind Power in Berkshires

A group of residents from Berkshire and Franklin Counties in Western Massachusetts are attending a day-long symposium on wind energy as part of a federally sponsored research project. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The eight-hour Western Massachusetts Wind Energy Symposium on the campus of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is a national study being executed by staff from Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. The project is coordinated by Roopali Phadke, an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalaster.

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New England News
5:06 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

MA House Passes Foreclosure Prevention Compromise Bill

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a compromise bill designed to prevent unnecessary home foreclosures in the state by forcing modifications for certain mortgage loans. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

State representatives voted unanimously in favor of the conference committee's compromise bill Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the proposal during its Thursday session.

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