WCAI News

It was a big week in Massachusetts politics, with Tuesday's state primary filled with surprises, upsets, and a historic win. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about some of the highlights. 

https://j1visa.state.gov/

Foreign students in the U.S. on a J-1 Visa often have to pay several thousand dollars just to get into the country and find a job.  And if they run into trouble when they're here, their only recourse is to turn to a sponsor, who often manages several hundred students at a time. 

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Sarah Tan to learn more about sponsors in the J-1 program, and about a non-profit that’s interested in changing the program’s designation so that it could be better regulated. 

Eliza McClennan, pleasantbay.org

Pleasant Bay is one of the largest estuaries on Cape Cod, and it stretches across 4 towns: Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster. These towns just received a  state permit for clean-up efforts in the bay. It's one of the first permits to be issued for a watershed, not just a town or towns.

eforall.org

A new nonprofit on the Cape is focused on helping new small businesses launch and grow. It's called E-For-All, and it started in the Merrimack Valley as a way to encourage economic growth there. The Cape chapter is looking for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas in the program's own version of a shark tank, and to participate in an intensive mentoring program that launches in the fall.

Hayley Fager

 

 

It’s a beautiful day at the beach, but officials at the National Seashore are telling people to swim with caution. Chief Ranger Leslie Reynolds’ educates people on shark safety.

Sarah Tan / WCAI

The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel expressed deep skepticism regarding Entergy's decision to sell the Pilgrim powerplant in Plymouth on Wednesday night. Entergy is looking to sell the plant to a joint company after it officially closes in June 2019.

Livingroomconversations.org

It's no secret that affordable housing is tough to come by on the Cape and Islands. Two local nonprofits, the Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis, and the Community Development Partnership in Eastham, have come together to offer a set of classes aimed at helping town officials, volunteer board members, and residents better understand the affordable housing landscape. 

Jefferson State Community College; jeffersonstate.edu

Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) has taken over the Funeral Services program from Mount Ida College, which closed earlier this year. 4Cs  plans to start offering classes this fall to nearly 30 students at Mount Ida Ccollege who were displaced when the school announced its closure in April.

weather.gov

There's an air quality alert today that includes Barnstable County and Duke's County. Morning Edition producer Hayley Fager spoke with Ed Coletta, the spokesperson for the Massachusetts department of environmental protection to learn what people can do to stay safe.

Hunterdon County, NJ Solid Waste and Recycling Services

When it comes to recycling, people often think of the big three: paper, plastic and metal. But there's another, and Cape officials want residents to start thinking of it, too: latex paint.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Phil Goddard, from the Town of Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Department, about a new Cape-wide grant aimed at saving unwanted latex paint from the landfill, and a paint take-back day, Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Dennis.

Sarah Tan/WCAI

 

 

Massachusetts' three electricity companies have submitted their contracts to the state's Department of Public Utilities, after negotiating a rate of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour with offshore wind company Vineyard Wind.

 

 

State lawmakers worked until the last minute this week, scrambling to get a variety of bills passed before recessing until the end of the year. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about what lawmakers did— and didn't—get done. 

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Entergy Corporation announced it will be looking to sell Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to Holtech International, a company they say is more experienced in nuclear decommissioning.

 

 

Sarah Tan / WCAI

Cape Cod Community College held an active shooter training session this week, where members of the public could participate in a simulated shooting scenario. In the North building, people crowded into corners of classrooms as a man holding a nerf gun roamed the hallways, and an alarm was sounded. This was a re-enactment of what schools typically advise students to do if a gunman is on campus. 

Sarah Tan / WCAI

Habitat for Humanity unveiled its newest affordable housing community in Brewster that is also environmentally friendly. The six homes off of Tubman Road are all equipped with solar panels which power the homes, making them nearly net zero, meaning they make as much energy as they use.

Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito visited the homes on Thursday and said they addressed both a need for affordable housing, and a need to use alternate sources of energy. 

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