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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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A Boston-based nonprofit is working with Sandwich officials to build a new 30-unit affordable housing development off Quaker Meeting House Road. 

The Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development doesn't just build houses, though; the group also installs a suite of services to help the people who will live in the units. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Gabrielle Geller, Senior Development Manager at the Women's Institute, to learn more about what her organization is planning.  

There's only a few weeks of the informal session left, which is not much time for outgoing lawmakers to check off their to-do lists.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to find out more about that, and about Governor Charlie Baker's agenda now that he's been re-elected to his second term.

Many incumbents across the state, and here on the Cape and Islands, won Tuesday night's election, so the political landscape won't be all that different when lawmakers begin their formal session in the New Year. But, there were some upsets and some historic moments.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan for a wrap up of state elections. 

Debates continue as candidates in a variety of local, regional and national races make their pitches ahead of the November 6, 2018 election.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about a debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Challenger Geoff Diehl, and about a debate between incumbent Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin and his challenger, Republican Anthony Amore. 

Republican Governor Charlie Baker and his Democratic opponent, Jay Gonzalez, got a little tense with each other at their second debate Wednesday night at the WGBH-TV studios in Brighton.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter, Mike Deehan, about the highlights of the debate. 

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