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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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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. 

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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. 

Nantucket Data Platform

If  you were to ask how many year-round residents live on Nantucket, the answer would depend on whom you talk to. 

Tales to Tails: Reading to Dogs in the Library

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Companion Animal Program

It can be hard to get kids to read, especially today, when books compete with screens, but libraries across the Cape are offering a unique, tech-free way to encourage young readers. 

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Visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore this summer will likely notice changes at some of the beaches. At Nauset Light in Eastham, there is now a long path down to the beach, instead of a staircase. And at Marconi in Wellfleet, there’s a brand new staircase for the second year in a row.

Both beaches seem to be hotspots for erosion right now. And the Seashore is trying to adapt. 

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Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Woods Hole on Monday, and met with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He also announced that his foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, will be supporting research at MBL for the first time. 

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If you think your seasonal allergies are getting worse, could be you’re not imagining things. Changes in temperature, rainfall, and greenhouse gases are making the pollen season stronger and longer.

 

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Allergy season is expected to get worse in the Northeast with climate change. More heat, rain, and CO2 is causing plants to produce more pollen. Now you can add severe weather—and thunderstorms in particular—to the mix of bad news for allergy-sufferers.

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A new local insurance plan could provide some Cape homeowners with an alternative to the Massachusetts Fair Plan—that’s the insurer of last resort for homeowners who can’t get a policy on the commercial insurance market.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The federal agency that regulates what happens on, and in, the oceans is making some major policy changes, including some tweaks to its mission statement. That agency is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with science correspondent and Living Lab Host Heather Goldstone to learn more. 

Governor Charlie Baker was set Thursday to sign the so-called "Grand Bargain"--legislation to avoid having three controversial questions on November's ballot. At the same time, Beacon Hill lawmakers were scrambling this week to wrap up a budget to get on Baker's desk. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to hear more. 

State lawmakers rushed a bill through Thursday that effectively pushed some hot-button questions off the November ballot. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to understand better what House and Senate lawmakers were trying to accomplish. 

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After over a year of being banned from meeting by President Donald Trump's administration, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission was able to meet for the first time on Monday at the National Seashore headquarters in Wellfleet. Commissioners discussed the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and how that could affect the seashore, and also heard plans for addressing shoreline erosion due to this past winter's storms. 

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