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Cape Cod has one of the highest number of sober houses per capita of any region in the state, a result of the draw of well-known addiction treatment centers like Gosnold. But the high number of sober homes can make relationships with the community uneasy.

Hayley Fager

 

Spring in our region typically means strong storms and serious erosion, and that’s getting worse with rising seas. Some beachfront property owners are shelling out thousands of dollars for a temporary fix.

Laura Wing lives in a beachfront home in Sandwich. She inherited the house from her parents 40 years ago, but the beach has changed a lot since then.

"The dunes went much further out on the beach, so over all this time it's just eroded away to what it is now," she said.

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On a sunny spring day, Joseph Schopplein was riding in a car with his boyfriend, on their way to get his monthly Vivitrol shot. Schopplein is from Mattapan, near Boston. But like many opioid addicts in the state, he’s come to Falmouth for treatment at Gosnold, one of the largest recovery facilities in Massachusetts.

 

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Sober houses are places where addicts can continue their recovery after completing formal medical treatment. Falmouth has one of the highest number of these homes per capita of any town in Massachusetts, in part due to the presence of the addiction treatment center Gosnold. 

L. Lerner

 

Sunday night April 7th marks the end of an era in Woods Hole. It’s the final concert to be produced by the Woods Hole Folk Music Society.

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Animal rights activists and environmentalists called on the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to stop coyote-hunting contests at a standing-room-only meeting in Barnstable last night.

Marijuana has become a big business in the state since voters legalized the drug in 2016. More than a dozen shops are open across Massachusetts, with new shops on the way, including on the Cape, Islands and SouthCoast.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about how marijuana shops are dealing with state tax collectors.

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has been improving its safety since 2016, but the official reclassification from one of the worst performing plants in the country was held off to make sure the positive changes could be sustained.

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is no longer one of the worst performing power plants in the country. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission moved the Plymouth-based plant from its Column 4 designation—which requires the most federal oversight— to Column 1, which would require the least amount of oversight.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan about what this means for the plant, and for its impending shutdown in May. 

 

Residents across the state are getting fed up with congested, crumbling roads and bridges, and the pressure is on Beacon Hill to do something about it.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about Senate President Karen Spilka's plan to tackle infrastructure issues.

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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth is no longer designated as one of the country's worst performing powerplants, according to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In the Commission's most recent assessment report, it states that the plant has met all outstanding safety concerns. 

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This year the offshore wind company Vineyard Wind plans to start construction on a wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard, with more than 80 turbines. Several other commercial wind-power projects are proposed for the state’s coastal waters. And while the first offshore turbine has yet to go up in Massachusetts, already this new industry is beginning to have an impact on local classrooms, from elementary grades to college.

Nelson Sigelman

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has begun construction of a high-stakes bingo hall on tribal lands at the westernmost end of the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Within the tribe, many are questioning the move.

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The Nantucket Cottage Hospital will begin transferring patients to its new building on Wednesday. It’s the island’s only hospital, and the new building replaces one that’s been in service for over half a century.

Talk of money loomed large on Beacon Hill this week, with state lawmakers making provisions in case the federal government shuts down again, and tackling the proposed $41 billion state budget for the next fiscal year.

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

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