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Local News Roundup: Judge Rules on Needle Exchange; Brewster To Get New Fire Station

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A new study says erosion at Nauset Beach requires the town to begin retreating from the ocean.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with journalists about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Among the stories they discuss this week: a judge rules that the controversial needle exchange program in Hyannis can remain open, at least until a trial is held; a preliminary study finds that Nauset Beach in East Orleans is losing as much as 12 feet of coastline per year; after 13 years of debate, Brewster voters okay a new fire station; facing a financial crisis, Bourne says no to holiday lights at its two rotaries; striped bass may pose hidden mercury risks; improvements and maintenance projects are considered at Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich; a local shell fisherman is charged with the illegal sale of oysters; man gets 8 years in prison for arson; Hyannis firefighters distribute warm winter coats to needy students.