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U.S. Senator Ed Markey was on the Cape late last week for a lengthy meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers. The topic: finding a way to fund building two new bridges to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges. WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with reporter Sarah Tan to learn more.   

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill. This week, they discuss the so-called "Red Flag Bill" and the state Democratic Convention results.

Eident: Joining us as he does most weeks live from Boston is WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan. Morning Mike.

Deehan: Good morning.

Town of Dennis

Officials in Dennis, Yarmouth and Harwich have proposed creating a tri-town entity to manage wastewater. Town Meetings in each of the towns approved the idea last month, but there is still a long way to go. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Dennis Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul McCormick to learn more.  

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We're now deep within the active period for ticks on the Cape, Coast and Islands, and many of them harbor illnesses that can make humans sick--including Lyme, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis and other diseases with sobering names. 

WCAI Morning Edition Host Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologist Larry Dapsis about this year's tick population, and how to protect ourselves.

University of Rhode Island Superfund Program STEEP

Scientists at the University of Rhode Island are coming to the Cape to see if there are contaminants in drinking water. They're looking for residents to volunteer to have their private wells tested for compounds called PFOA.

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The trees have leafed out across the Cape, islands and SouthCoast. In past years, those green leaves were quickly eaten up by gypsy and winter moths. WCAI's Kathryn Eident visited with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologyst Larry Dapsis to learn if we might see the same results this year.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter about the week's biggest news on Beacon Hill. This week, they talk about the Senate's budget process, the so-called Red Flag bill, and other legislation of interest. 

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The Massachusetts Senate recently passed a series of amendments in a supplemental budget aimed at shoring up the state's finances for the rest of the fiscal year. That included an amendment filed by Cape Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) to provide a more consistent source of funding for police departments to provide officer training.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Cyr to learn more.

 

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Chatham's Board of Selectmen has been pressuring U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-Mass.) to continue his efforts to return a stretch of ocean off the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to state and local control. Those waters were put under federal control when officials redrew boundaries in 2016, impacting some areas used for fishing. Chatham selectmen say efforts seem to have stalled, and even went as far as to put out a call to action to residents last week.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Morning Edition Producer Hayley Fager to learn more. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has indicated he'd like to make some changes to a sweeping criminal justice bill he signed last month.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about this, and other happenings on Beacon Hill, in their weekly segment. 

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U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) announced last week that the House passed a bill to speed up the process of moving spent nuclear fuel off local sites, like the Pilgrim Plant in Plymouth, to a federal holding facility.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Keating about this legislation, and about his efforts to help New Bedford fishermen in the so-called Codfather's fishing fleet get federal permission to start fishing again.

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We've all been told how important it is to invest in the future, and there's a whole industry dedicated to retirement planning. But not all financial advisors are created equal, despite attempts to implement a proposed rule that would require anyone who gives retirement investment advice to sign an oath saying they're working in the customer's best interest. A court recently struck down the proposed so-called fiduciary rule, leaving many confused in its wake.

Beacon Hill investigators have found that former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg failed to protect the senate from Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, who now faces sexual assault and other charges.  

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the report, and possible punishment for Rosenberg.   

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State House lawmakers passed a bill late last month that would add a tax to short-term rentals such as those listed on Air BnB. Cape lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would let their towns add a surcharge specifically designed to help pay for the region's looming wastewater pollution crisis.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the Legislature's budget planning, their rejection of an aid in dying bill, and their upcoming work on a massive criminal justice reform bill.

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