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When someone is injured and needs an ambulance, the only pain medicine first responders have  onboard are narcotics, regardless of the seriousness of the injury. Now, state public health officials are considering allowing lower dosage pain killers, like Tylenol, to be stocked on ambulances, in light of the growing opioid epidemic.

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The Cape is a popular place to cycle, even if some of the region's road are a little less than bike friendly. In Wellfleet, police have continued a summer program of distributing bicycle lights to residents and workers, with the hope riders will be safer when riding at night.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Wellfleet Police Chief Ron Fisette about the popular bike light program.

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Every Friday WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan to go over what's happening on Beacon Hill. This week, they discuss a rewrite of the state's new retail marijuana law. The bill finally made it to Governor Charlie Baker's desk, just in time for law makers to wind down the first part of their legislative session before the summer recess.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it will issue 15-thousand more visas for temporary foreign workers.

Cape business owners and advocates are cautiously optimistic about the news of the so-called H2B visas. Many did not get enough workers to fill jobs for the current summer season because the original visa cap was reached last spring. There are a few potential hiccups—one is that employers must prove their business faces “irreparable harm” if they cannot hire more workers. 

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Cape officials have been installing a new sign to warn beach goers of another potential way to get hurt on the beach—a sting from a Portuguese man-of-war. There have been several sightings of the unusual, jelly fish-like creature on Cape beaches this summer. Most recently, one washed up on the beach at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.

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There's been a big shakeup inside the State House as lawmakers wind down their activity before breaking for the summer. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update on what's keeping the legislature and the governor busy. 

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced a new assistant administrator for fisheries. The fishing community, including here on the Cape, largely applauded the nomination of Chris Oliver, who comes from the Alaska fishery.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Fisherman's Alliance CEO John Papalardo to learn more about the appointment. 

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The median price for a single family home on the Cape is well over $400,000. That hefty price tag makes it hard for many middle- and low-income families to afford good quality housing.

To help ease the housing crisis, dozens of walkers take to the streets each summer to raise money and awareness for affordable housing issues.

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One week into the new budget year, and the House and Senate finally have a compromise spending plan. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about the $40-billion-dollar budget.

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State lawmakers worked late into the night Thursday, trying to meet a deadline for the state's next fiscal year budget, and to find a compromise on a re-worked marijuana retail sales law. WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan was there, keeping tabs on the House and Senate. He talks with WCAI's Kathryn Eident about what happened.  

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The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority announced new initiatives with local Councils on Aging this month to help senior citizens get around the region.

CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir says the new programs were inspired in part because Barnstable's senior population will grow to more than 40 percent of the county by 2030. Kathryn Eident talked with Cahir to learn more about what his agency is doing about to help the Cape's senior citizens.

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Ticks are on the rise throughout New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme disease and other illnesses associated with tick bites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease nationwide each year, but some officials say that due to underreporting, the number of actual cases could be much higher.

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When someone loses the use of their limbs because of a traumatic injury, the emotional healing process can be long and difficult. It’s been shown that physical activity is one of the best ways to help that process along, but it takes the help of trained personnel and specially modified equipment. There’s a new program on Cape Cod that’s providing opportunities for those with severe injuries, helping them get outside on the water and the trails.

  

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The 2018  ballot will ask Massachusetts voters to raise the tax on the state's wealthiest residents to fund education initiatives and transportation projects.

WCAI’s State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Morning Edition co-host Kathryn Eident to talk about the so-called “millionaire's tax" and other happenings on Beacon Hill. 

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Each week, Kathryn Eident checks in with WCAI State House reporter, Mike Deehan, to hear what's happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about a series of bills banning everything from using a cell phone while driving, to selling helium balloons.

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