WCAI's Local News Roundup: Ferry Accident Investigated; Nine Herons Found Dead in Mashpee

Jun 30, 2017

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran rounds up the top local news stories of the week with several area journalists.

Joining Sean this week are Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Officials in Mashpee are trying to figure out what killed nine herons in recent days. All of the birds were found dead near the town herring run off Route 130.
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Among the stories they talk about this week: there's more information about what might have caused a Steamship Authority ferry to crash into the Hyannisport breakwater two weeks ago; workers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are disciplined after three different incidents that could impact plant safety; the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe changes tactics in its bid to get a casino and create a reservation; Falmouth selectmen grapple with what to do with two, town-owned wind turbines that a judge ordered shut down; officials in Mashpee are trying to find out what has killed nine herons on tribal land there; Yarmouth considers building an anaerobic digester -- the first on Cape Cod -- to reduce trash; Eastham residents balk at a proposal for a dollar store; Martha's Vineyard officials are concerned that undocumented immigrants are driving cars without a license; shifting sands create uncertainty in Chatham; another piece of shark art is stolen in Chatham; the CEO and president of the New Bedford Whaling Museum is taking a new position with the Nantucket Historical Association; a post office on the Outer Cape is continually asked about aliens in Truro; and the H2B visa cap is causing problems on Martha's Vineyard.