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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is no longer one of the worst performing power plants in the country. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission moved the Plymouth-based plant from its Column 4 designation—which requires the most federal oversight— to Column 1, which would require the least amount of oversight.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan about what this means for the plant, and for its impending shutdown in May. 

 

Residents across the state are getting fed up with congested, crumbling roads and bridges, and the pressure is on Beacon Hill to do something about it.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about Senate President Karen Spilka's plan to tackle infrastructure issues.

Talk of money loomed large on Beacon Hill this week, with state lawmakers making provisions in case the federal government shuts down again, and tackling the proposed $41 billion state budget for the next fiscal year.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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A new crime analyst is spending his first days on the job at the New Bedford Police headquarters. Dr. Michael Sloan will be creating new ways to capture information officers gather each day, then look for trends and other markers officers can use to be more proactive.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro about why he created the position, and what he hopes Sloan can do for officers patrolling city streets.    

Top political positions, like Chair of the State House Ways and Means Committee, are still unfilled, more than a month into the current legislative session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about this, and other items on the Beacon Hill agenda. 

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Lawmakers from Massachusetts and seven other states announced they would be filing legislation this month to ban offshore drilling for gas and oil off their coastlines. The bills are in response to President Donald Trump's announcement he would allow offshore drilling along the Eastern Seaboard.

Beacon Hill's work year began this week when Democratic leaders from the House and the Senate met with Governor Charlie Baker to discuss the agenda for the coming months. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more. 

Lawmakers are back in formal sessions, starting with inauguration ceremonies at the State House this week.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for the highlights. 

A shakeup in Governor Charlie Baker's cabinet made headlines this week.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about this, and look back on state political news in 2018.

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The latest round of UN climate talks wrapped up last week, with delegates agreeing to parameters for the agreement hashed out in Paris in 2015, but disagreeing on how to handle new information released this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

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Some local food pantries and nonprofits have been reporting an increase in need this year, especially from families with young kids. High housing and utility costs are just a few of the reasons some young families struggle.

Beacon Hill is preparing for a new legislative session in January. There is still work that could get done, though, before the New Year if Democrats decide a few issues have waited long enough. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Researchers at UMass Amherst are conducting a multi-year, multi-site study on tick biology and behavior. This year, Barnstable County joined  the study, providing samples from deer that hunters brought to check-in stations on the Upper and Outer Cape. 

It was the final week at the State House for some lawmakers, as those who chose not to run again, and those who lost their re-election bids, said goodbye to their colleagues on Beacon Hill. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about some of the now-vacant committee seats, and they take a look at changes for the state's Congressional delegation.

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Researchers at UMass Dartmouth recently retrieved an underwater glider they deployed to capture data that would help scientists better understand hurricanes.

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