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Many convenience store owners across Massachusetts are protesting a potential statewide ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes. On Cape Cod, the ban could have a significant impact on immigrant-run small businesses.

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A play exploring the life and work of fishermen opens this week at Cape Cod Community College. The cast features both student and community actors, along with some special guests—local shellfishermen. The play itself was was written using interviews with fishermen from around the region. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Vana Trudeau, Coordinator at the school's Tilden Arts Center, about "Boundless."

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A giant wind turbine blade—one that could power the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine—arrived for structural testing at Boston's Wind Technology Testing Center. The blade, manufactured by General Electric, is part of a 12-megawatt turbine protoype that the company plans to roll out commercially in 2021.

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A new paper endorsed by 11,258 scientists and researchers from 153 countries describes climate change as a “climate emergency.” Published in the journal BioScience, it warns of "untold human suffering" if individuals, governments, and businesses don’t make deep and lasting changes.

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Mashpee has elected its first Wampanoag selectboard member in over ten years. David Weeden, who also serves as the Mashpee Wampanoag’s historic preservation officer, was elected in October, and many people hope his election will mark a turning point in what’s been a sometimes difficult relationship between the town and the tribe.

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Massachusetts utilities have selected Mayflower Wind to build what the state hopes will be the second offshore wind farm south of Martha's Vineyard. The company won the state's most recent procurement for an 800 megawatt farm, and the state says it has proposed the cheapest offshore wind rate yet. 

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The Army Corps of Engineers wants to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges. The proposed plan has received widespread support, but it leaves out any consideration to offset increased traffic with a commitment to public transportation. 

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Faith leaders on Cape Cod are stepping into a new role. Over the weekend, the Faith Communities Environmental Network invited hundreds of people into a conversation about morality, spirituality, and climate change.

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection released a draft version of a new 10-year waste reduction goal earlier this month. It looks to reduce 30 percent of the state's trash by 2030, which would be 1.7 million tons less garbage every year.

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The state is continuing to invest in the offshore wind industry by creating the nation's first offshore wind training platform at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. 

Newspaper websites have become a place for readers not just to learn new information; they have become public arenas to for readers to air their take on the day's news. But, not all comments contain factual information. The Martha's Vineyard Times has put a stop to some of that—at least when it comes to talking about climate change.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking the public for feedback after announcing its recommendations to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges. 

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The Cape Cod Commission is asking locals for feedback on how best to prepare the region for climate change.  

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Cape Air CEO Dan Wolf is endorsing Senator Ed Markey's bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

In an endorsement video posted to the Senator's YouTube channel, Wolf — a former state senator — thanked Markey for his work over nearly four decades in Congress.

"He has been a tireless and fearless advocate for the citizens, not the special interests, but the citizens of the Commonwealth," Wolf said.

Town of Chatham

Chatham, like many towns on the Cape, has a shrinking population. Younger people, specifically, are moving away. They cite high housing costs and a lack of jobs as some of the reasons they don't make Chatham a year-round home. In response, the town created the "Chatham 365 Task Force," made up largely of working families, to identify some ways to make it easier for people of all ages to live and work in town. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Select Board Chairperson and task force member Shareen Davis about their new, recently-released report.

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