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News Roundup

Dan Tritle

Barnstable High School retires its Red Raider mascot. New state travel restrictions mean longer lines at testing sites. And, in the midst of the pandemic, short-term rentals are booming —but some wonder if that’s a good thing.

S Junker

Local officials are focusing a message on young adults, asking them to take the coronavirus seriously. 96-for-96: a sweeping round of testing on Cuttyhunk Island comes back all negative. And tempers are flaring about regulating short-term rentals. 

S Junker

A cluster of new coronavirus cases is linked to a house party in Chatham. Tiny Cuttyhunk Island sees its virus cases leap from zero to eight. And a flashback to when our hazards came from the sky: we mark the 1-year anniversary of the Cape tornadoes.

S Junker

Should Martha’s Vineyard have an island-wide mask policy? Hate group stickers appear in Chatham. And the state lays out its plans for the new Cape bridges.

S Junker

The new Cape bridges are going to belong to the State of Massachusetts, once the federal government pays for them. Phase 3 of the pandemic reopening begins, which is good news for gyms and museums.  And toxic algae blooms are showing up in Cape ponds.

S Junker

Here comes one of the busiest weekends of the year, and officials are urging continued vigilance against the pandemic.  New-and-improved efforts to track sharks are coming – including maybe surveillance balloons. And a multi-faith group holds a somber rally in Hyannis.

S Junker

The pandemic prompts changes at local beaches for many towns. White supremacist fliers appear in at least two communities on the Cape. And an endangered North Atlantic right whale is found dead, even as new rules to protect the species continue to be delayed.

S Junker

Juneteenth brings local rallies and observances. The state reaches a settlement over Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear plant. And more coronavirus testing is coming to Cape Cod. 

S Junker

With the launch of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, the ground rules for Cape Cod’s pandemic summer are taking shape. Meanwhile, protestors continue to gather in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wins a court battle.

Eve Zuckoff

Many of the rallies across the region have been organized by young people. Events are planned to continue through the weekend.

Alecia Orsini

That was the quietest Memorial Day Weekend in memory. So, is it a preview of our pandemic summer to come? Meanwhile, an aggressive coyote is shot at the National Seashore. And baseball may return to Cape Cod this summer after all – but it’s likely not how you think.

S Junker

Local businesses react as Governor Baker announces Phase 1 of his plan to reopen the state’s economy. And voters head to the polls, wearing face masks and carrying their own pens, to elect a new state senator.

We have those stories and more on the local news roundup, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker speaks with some of the region’s leading journalists.

S Junker

What’s the pandemic going to mean for heading to the beach this summer? That’s a big question for towns across the region. Meanwhile, small businesses seeking to reopen are counting the obstacles. And Martha's Vineyard has a plan to dramatically expand coronavirus testing.

We have those stories and more on the local news roundup, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker speaks with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Alecia Orsini

Cape Cod Healthcare announced Thursday that it's furloughing about 600 workers. Meanwhile, a new task force is looking at how to safely re-open the Cape and Islands for the summer. And restaurants in Provincetown, doing takeout business, are trying to get a handle on how this is all supposed to work.

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker discusses local news with some of the region’s leading journalists.

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To require masks or not—that is the question for towns and transportation providers across the region (Provincetown says, ‘Yes!’); Martha’s Vineyard isn’t sure what it wants to tell seasonal residents; and an upside to all this? How about a comeback for drive-in theaters.

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker discusses local news with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Alecia Orsini

Governor Baker makes it official: schools will not reopen before summer; some area nursing homes are seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases; and Earth Day celebrates quietly its 50th Anniversary.  

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker discusses local news with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Liz Lerner

A new online map shows coronavirus cases across the Cape by zip code; Governor Baker visits the field hospital at Joint Base Cape Cod; and the news that the Oak Bluffs ferry pier needs repairs sparks fresh anger at Steamship Authority management.  

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker discusses local news with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Alecia Orsini

A coronavirus field hospital is coming to Joint Base Cape Cod, and additional care centers are opening in former nursing homes in Falmouth, Brewster and New Bedford. Meanwhile, local school districts have started up required remote learning for students, and coronavirus cases slow on the islands.

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker rounds up the local response to the coronavirus with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Liz Lerner

We look at the latest on COVID-19 on the Cape, Coast, and Islands, and the effect the pandemic is having on our region.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks to local reporters and editors about the issue.  Her guests include: WCAI’s Sam Houghton, Eve Zuckoff, and Jennette Barnes; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette; Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times; Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; George Brennan at the Martha’s Vineyard Times; and WCAI’s Mike Deehan at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Alecia Orsini

As case numbers continue to rise, local hospitals cope with a shortage of protective gear. Governor Baker orders nonessential bricks-and-mortar businesses to close and extends the school shutdown until May. The Islands attempt a contruction ban, but it's no so easy. And local volunteers take up the call to sew protective masks.

Jennifer Junker

The first confirmed coronavirus cases have appeared across the region, in Barnstable, Plymouth, and Bristol Counties. One week into statewide closures, shutdowns, and quarantine, there are still unanswered questions about testing and about supporting people now out of work.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Cape hospitals and nursing homes restrict visitors as a precaution against the new coronavirus, even as questions arise about testing locally and in the state; we round up preparations and cancellations around the region; and the Cape Cod Commission gives a favorable report on the plan to restore the Herring River.

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the field has been narrowed for the special election for the Plymouth-Barnstable State Senate seat; and local officials are making preparations in the event that COVID-19 makes an appearance in the region.

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Local health officials continue to assure the public that risk from the novel coronavirus is low;  questions continue about the safety of radioactive waste the site of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station: and put the phone down if you’re driving! We’ve got a new state law in effect.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: homeowners in Barnstable want more regulations on short-term rentals; Carlos Rafael's fishing fleet and permits will stay in New Bedford; latest estimates say the new Woods Hole terminal project will cost the Steamship Authority almost $93 million; and Massachusetts gets a chance to try early voting for a presidential primary, for the first time ever.

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