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Beacon Hill is taking on the big task of figuring out how to legalize sports gambling. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about how state lawmakers plan to do that, and what challenges they face in enacting the necessary laws.

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From the beginning of May to the beginning of June, Muslims observe Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and one of the most important Islamic holidays of the year. And on a Saturday evening in Osterville, Muslims across Cape Cod gathered for a community meal.

Fake limbs and rolls of gauze sat on tables in the community room at the Orleans Police Department, as a recent Stop the Bleed training got under way. The trainings are a modern-day equivalent to CPR classes, says Orleans Fire Chief Anthony Pike. Stop the Bleed teaches response to major wounds, like shark bites, and the program has been popular.

Boating season is getting underway across our region, and eager captains are peeling hundreds of yards of shrink wrap off their boats. Unfortunately, most of that plastic is getting thrown into the landfill. But boat shrink wrap can be recycled – even reused. 

The State Senate is shaping up their version of the next fiscal year's budget. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan for an update on the negotiations.

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Two plaques on Martha’s Vineyard commemorating confederate soldiers will be removed, says the Oak Bluffs select board. The decision was met with surprise and joy by many of those who gathered at Oak Bluffs Elementary School for a community forum before the board on Tuesday night.

Lawmakers are airing hundreds of bills this week in public hearings at the State House, but not everything that eventually becomes law gets the full public treatment. That includes one having to do with chickens.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Each summer a range of writers, artists, speakers and thinkers takes the stage at the historic Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown in a series known as Twenty Summers.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Josh Prager, one of the co-founders of Twenty summers, about this year's upcoming series and the storied history of the Hawthorne Barn. 

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Nomans Land Island, a former Navy bomb testing site just off Martha’s Vineyard, received its first rabbit inhabitants this week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Thirteen New England cottontails, a threatened species, were brought by boat to the island to form the basis of what biologists hope will become a thriving rabbit colony.

 

The Mill Brook in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard used to run "thick with fish," but that's no longer the case. As its waters warm from pollution and climate change, the trout, which require cool water temperatures, are becoming less and less numerous. Environmentalists say the trout are indicator of a challenged ecosystem.

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A deep and earthy rumble signalled the falling of Brayton Point powerplant’s two cooling towers that have stood alongside I-195 for the past decade. Hundreds of people gathered in Kennedy Park to watch the towers’ implosion, complete with a brass band to celebrate. 

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The Brayton Point powerplant on the South Coast is a monument to a source of energy Massachusetts once heavily relied on: coal. The plant closed in 2017, and on Saturday, April 27, the plant's landmark feature, its twin cooling towers, are scheduled to be demolished by implosion. 

The state House of Representatives released its budget plan for the coming fiscal year, and it's the first budget written by new Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz.

WCAI State house reporter Mike Deehan sat down with Michlewitz, then joined Morning Edition host Kathryn Eident live in WCAI's Woods Hole studio Thursday to talk a little bit more about how Michlewitz put together this $42.7 billion dollar package.

State House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled his chamber’s version of next fiscal year’s budget this week. There are no big tax hikes—yet—and the budget is even slightly lower than what Governor Charlie Baker has proposed. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Harwich residents brought doughnuts out for Eversouce Energy workers on Tuesday morning as the crew put up a nest platform for a pair of ospreys on Route 28.

The birds arrived in the area at the end of March for nesting season but when they went to settle into their old haunt on top of a telephone pole, the nest was gone.

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