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Jennette Barnes / CAI

The vaccine rollout continues across the region, with first responders and older veterans receiving theirs this week. Gov Baker vetoes a major climate bill, as legislators promise it’ll land right back on his desk. And Massachusetts will be getting a new state seal, and the Mashpee Wampanoag will be part of the design commission.

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Cape Cod officials want to open a COVID-19 recovery facility to relieve pressure on hospitals – but they’ve been waiting on state approval. Meanwhile, the Cape passed 250 deaths from the coronavirus this week. And local representatives react to the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump extremists.

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

Cape Cod Healthcare

The “novel coronavirus” got its first mention on the Local News Roundup on January 31st, 2020. Just when you thought we were done with that old year, we’ve got a look back at the top local stories. From early coronavirus reporting, to a summer like no other, to vaccines arriving. Black Lives Matter protests stir the region, and Town Clerks figure out how to hold an election in a pandemic.

CAI News Director Steve Junker discusses those stories and more with CAI news staff reporters and producers: Jennette Barnes, Eve Zuckoff, Kathryn Eident, and Sam Houghton.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Cape and Islands hospitals get vaccine doses – and they go right into the arms of grateful frontline healthcare workers. Meanwhile, if you’ve been trying to make an appointment at one of the Cape’s new public testing sites, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time on hold.

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

S Junker

An initial batch of coronavirus vaccine is expected to arrive for the Cape and Islands by next week – now local officials are discussing how it will be distributed. Meanwhile, new testing sites are opening across the region.

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

S Junker

Local officials have ideas about who should get first shot at the coronavirus vaccine. A contentious police reform bill lands on the governor’s desk – so what happens next? And Vineyard Wind scales up: each of its turbines will be taller than the Seattle Space Needle.

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

S Junker

This Thanksgiving comes with its own list of dos and don'ts, in the effort to stop the current spike of coronavirus cases. Dismantling is under way at Pilgrim Nuclear power station. And a traditional holiday display in Provincetown comes under new scrutiny.

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

S Junker

Coronavirus spikes continue around the region. Local social media lights up on Sunday morning with the questions: "Did you feel that? Did we just have… an earthquake?" And police continue their search for a missing Mashpee teen. 

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

Eve Zuckoff

After a day of passions at the polls, “Count Every Vote” rallies spring up locally. And, officials say, community-spread coronavirus is now on the Cape.  

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

S Junker

Early voting, mail-in voting, election day voting: Town Clerks are hanging in there for next Tuesday. The pandemic can’t drive a stake through the spirited heart of Halloween. And the Cape’s housing market? It’s breaking records.

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

Dan Tritle

WCAI's Sam Houghton hosts a roundup of the week's top local and regional news.  His guests include WCAI's Eve Zuckoff and Jennette Barnes, Ethan Genter from the Cape Cod Times, George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle, Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette, and WCAI's statehouse reporter Mike Deehan.

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Parents launch competing petitions over Barnstable High School’s sidelined principal. Protestors target the proposed machine gun range for Joint Base Cape Cod. And the flu vaccine is demand – but you might not be able to find the high-dose version.

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

S Junker

Parents and community members call for reinstating Barnstable High School’s principal. The proposed machine gun range at Joint Base Cape Cod gets a public hearing. And the Steamship Authority wants to raise ticket prices.    

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

S Junker

How did we do? The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force has an assessment of the pandemic summer for businesses and tourism. Nantucket’s COVID spike continues. And a public hearing gets scheduled for the state’s first machine gun range, proposed to be right here on Cape Cod.

S Junker

Local schools are navigating the uncertain waters of starting up in a pandemic, including the region’s first reported student coronavirus case. The governor says bar service can return for some restaurants. And, is this last call for the 2020 census?

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

S Junker

Nantucket moved into the state’s highest COVID-19 risk category, reporting 40 cases in ten days. An environmental lawsuit looks to stop all new septic installations in Barnstable and Mashpee. And will Falmouth abandon its iconic Surf Drive?

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

S Junker

Nantucket marked 14 new COVID cases in 2 days this week, more than it saw all together in the first few months of the pandemic. New details are coming out about a virus spike in Chatham. And Cape Cod Healthcare calls timeout on its planned $180 million expansion.

Jennette Barnes

Tuesday's primary saw big turnout—but a lot of voters didn't make it out to the polls. And, it's been described as one of the most important pieces of land in the Commonwealth. It's on Martha's Vineyard, and it will be preserved from development under a new deal.

S Junker

A machine gun range may be coming to Joint Base Cape Cod, requiring 170 acres of clear-cutting. A new coalition is pushing offshore wind development for New England. And the Ag Fair this year on Martha's Vineyard was virtual – but there were blue ribbon winners just the same.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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