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Small cameras that record and store our license plate information are popping up almost everywhere, raising alarms around the country. In Massachusetts, privacy advocates are urging the state Legislature to regulate the data. But others say there's something standing in the way – the U.S. Constitution.

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The cargo ship captain who survived his ship’s takeover by Somali pirates in 2009 will be presenting awards to local heroes on Cape Cod. 

Captain Richard Phillips wrote a book about the experience of being taken hostage by pirates called A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.  It was turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks, called Captain Phillips. Despite all the attention, he says he’s not a hero.

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Come October 1st, new state regulations will change how old and unwanted commercial food is disposed of in Massachusetts. Under the new regulations, any entity that discards a ton or more of food per week must donate or re-purpose the useable food. For spoiled food, one option is to convert it into clean energy. And that’s what Stop & Shop is doing. A Stop & Shop Distribution Center in Freetown is gearing up to install its own on-site system that uses spoiled food from its retail stores to generate electricity.

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Recently, more than a hundred residents of Woods Hole and Falmouth came together to explore options for the future of the historic Nobska Lighthouse. The Coast Guard is looking to transfer ownership of the property to the town, or to a qualified non-profit group. The process is complex, and will require a large commitment of both time and money from whoever eventually takes over.

“It is an icon to the community. It is something that we all love,” said Catherine Bumpus, Woods Hole Community Association co-President and host of the meeting.

Rough Waters: Homeowners Feel Blindsided

Jan 30, 2014

  Homeowners Feel Blindsided by Proposed Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

Alecia Orsini

The weather is keeping us busy this winter. With the second major storm of 2014 comes WCAI's second live storm blog.

Your Guide to Local Winter Storm Coverage

Jan 21, 2014
Alecia Orsini / WCAI

With the winter storm season of 2014 upon us, we've compiled a list of our favorite online resources for storm-related information, so you can be in the know.

Old Christmas Trees Cheer Dartmouth Zoo Elephants

Jan 15, 2014
Brian Morris/WCAI

A truckload of old trees is bringing belated Christmas cheer to an elephant at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in Dartmouth. Her name is Ruth, and she has a long-standing - if somewhat roundabout - connection to the Outer Cape.

Andy Fingado pulled into the Buttonwood Park Zoo behind the wheel of a mid-sized green and white truck. He and several zoo workers flipped open the back doors and begin unloading the trees, which were still remarkably green and fragrant. 

January 8, 2014 - The Cape and Islands may have good chance of catching sight of the Northern Lights late, late tonight. 

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center – yes, there is such a thing – is saying that a powerful solar flare on Tuesday has created favorable conditions for seeing the Northern Lights at latitudes much lower than usual – including as far south as Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Our best opportunity for seeing the Aurora Borealis, weather permitting, should come after midnight tonight until dawn. 

Live Blog: First Winter Storm of 2014

Jan 2, 2014
Alecia Orsini / WCAI

The first winter storm of 2014 is upon us. Our live blog is your one-stop source for all things storm-related. Check back for regular updates.

Brian Morris/WCAI

Martha’s Vineyard gets electric power through a cable that crosses from the mainland to the island. The cable also supplies fiber-optic communications for things like cable TV and cell phone service. In recent years, the cable has failed numerous times, and now Nstar and Comcast are teaming up to install a new one. It’s a complex process that took two years to win approval from various town, state and Federal officials.

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Four years ago, New York-based writer Joshua Prager was looking to buy a small cottage in the Provincetown area. During his search, he came upon an ad with a barn for sale in Provincetown, so he decided to have a look.

“I came upon this remarkable barn that was dilapidated but beautiful,” Prager said.

Brian Morris

The Art Reach Program at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum was honored Friday with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Art Reach was one of 12 winners for after-school and out-of-school youth programs, and will receive a $10,000 prize and a year of communication assistance.

Judge Orders Limits on Falmouth Wind Turbines

Nov 23, 2013
Steve Heaslip / Cape Cod Times

A Barnstable Superior Court judge has ordered the town of Falmouth to limit the operation of two, town-owned wind turbines, including shutting them down completely on Sundays and holidays.

The order comes as Judge Christopher Muse considers complaints from some neighbors that noise from the turbines at the town's wastewater treatment plant causes health affects, including insomnia, headaches and vertigo.

WOODS HOLE – A skeptical crowd filled the Woods Hole Community Hall November 13th to learn about the Steamship Authority's plans to reconstruct the Woods Hole Ferry Terminal. The Authority is looking to address problems related to boat slips and pedestrian safety, while also improving accessibility and meeting flood zone requirements. 

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The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that the light keeper’s house that sits next to the much-photographed Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole is, “excess to the mission of the Coast Guard,” according to a spokesman.

That determination clears the way for the government to lease the nearly 140-year-old house to another organization, or to sell it.

Spokesman Joe Klinker says the Coast Guard will always keep possession of the light, which remains an aid to navigation.

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At the statehouse Wednesday a seminar focused on the lessons from Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe as applied to the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth. Moderating that discussion was WCAI’s Sean Corcoran. Panel members at the seminar included Naoto Kan, the former Prime Minister of Japan; Dr. Gregory Jaczko, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); and State Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich. In the audio posted above, Sean Corcoran discusses the event on All Things Considered with Steve Junker, including the issues of evacuating Cape Cod in the event of an incident at the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station, and Senator Wolf's assertion that the rewards for keeping Pilgrim are not worth the risk. 

Alecia Orsini

  The colorful "Day of Portugal" kicked off a weekend celebration in New Bedford on June 6th.  This is the 16th year New Bedford has hosted the event which began with the raising of the flag outside city hall.

Check out the brightly colored skirts called saia that girls wear along with kerchiefs and gold earrings.  The boys don leggings known as calsas, waistcoats and sombreros.    

Falmouth Fails to Fund Removal of Wind Turbines

May 22, 2013
Opponents of decommissioning the turbines focused on the economic costs, while those in favor of the measure focused on the need for a quick end to the divisive controversy.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

Falmouth voters went to the polls in force yesterday, and delivered a mandate: do NOT take down the wind turbines.

A whopping 41% of registered voters turned out for town elections. And the vast majority voted not to appropriate funds for the removal of Wind-1 and Wind-2, the two town-owned wind turbines at the center of a controversy that pits clean energy advocates against neighbors who say their health is impacted by the turbines. The margin on Question 2 was 2:1, with 6,001 votes against the measure and 2,940 voting for it.

Voters to Decide Fate of Falmouth Turbines

May 21, 2013

With the two, 400-foot-tall turbines slowly spinning in the background, Rob Laird talks about climate change, and how he first thought the machines would be part of the solution.

"'This is great. This is going to solve lots of problems. And look it's right in my backyard. And that's kind of neat because it's this new cool thing coming along.' And then they turned it on. And it wasn't 20 minutes after that I called Town Hall. 'Um, this thing is really loud.'"

Could You Pass the Citizenship Test?

Apr 12, 2013

On Thursday 25 people became American citizens at a ceremony in Hyannis.

The ceremony is something like a graduation, the final step in the often long and complicated process of becoming a citizen.

Before they graduate, aspiring citizens have to pass a civics test.

The questions are pretty basic. But really, could you pass the test?

Reporter Karen Duffin took to the field to ask citizens on Cape Cod a few of the questions.  You can listen to the results above.

A First: New Citizens Sworn-in on Cape Cod

Apr 12, 2013
Karen Duffin

In an emotional ceremony, twenty-five new American citizens were sworn-in yesterday at the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis. It was the first time a naturalization event has been held on Cape Cod. 

The new citizens come from eleven different countries, including Brazil, Jamaica, and Morocco.

WCAI's Best of 2011 Local Programming

Dec 25, 2011

On this page you'll find links to some of our favorite pieces we aired during 2011 - all produced at WCAI.

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