A new crime analyst is spending his first days on the job at the New Bedford Police headquarters. Dr. Michael Sloan will be creating new ways to capture information officers gather each day, then look for trends and other markers officers can use to be more proactive.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro about why he created the position, and what he hopes Sloan can do for officers patrolling city streets.    

Top political positions, like Chair of the State House Ways and Means Committee, are still unfilled, more than a month into the current legislative session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about this, and other items on the Beacon Hill agenda. 

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For many federal institutions around the Cape, the end of the government shutdown doesn’t mean that things are back to business-as-usual just yet. 

Provincetown Remembers Mary Oliver

Jan 24, 2019
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The poet Mary Oliver died last week at age 83. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in poetry and the National Book Award, Oliver will be remembered as one of the most celebrated and beloved American poets. In Provincetown, Mary Oliver’s home for over 50 years, she will be remembered as a friend, neighbor, and champion of local arts.

A New Bedford fishing boat.
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New Bedford fishermen are worried about how catch limits and fishing permits will be affected by the government shutdown, as it enters its 35th day with no end in sight. The shutdown has furloughed many National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employees, the organization that processes permitting and catch limits. 

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As the government shutdown enters its third week, many federal employees living on Cape Cod are starting to feel the squeeze. Some are beginning to look to community resources for help.

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Lawmakers from Massachusetts and seven other states announced they would be filing legislation this month to ban offshore drilling for gas and oil off their coastlines. The bills are in response to President Donald Trump's announcement he would allow offshore drilling along the Eastern Seaboard.

Beacon Hill's work year began this week when Democratic leaders from the House and the Senate met with Governor Charlie Baker to discuss the agenda for the coming months. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more. 

Lawmakers are back in formal sessions, starting with inauguration ceremonies at the State House this week.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for the highlights. 

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If you live on the Upper Cape or the Islands, you might hear the ferry whistle every day. Or fifteen times a day. Often, it’s the sound of a real steam whistle. But it’s been four decades since steamships have been ferrying passengers around the Islands.  

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The first recreational marijuana store for the South Coast opened its doors to customers on Friday. It's the state's fourth recreational store, and it's the closest store for Cape Cod residents.

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Cold-stunned turtles usually wash ashore on the Outer Cape from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Their numbers are higher than usual this year, almost 800 so far, which makes this the second-busiest season ever for turtle rescuers at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

A shakeup in Governor Charlie Baker's cabinet made headlines this week.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about this, and look back on state political news in 2018.


The Cape has a little over 200,000 year-round residents, and just under 15 percent are school-aged children. It’s an unusual statistic—towns elsewhere in Massachusetts have numbers closer to 30 percent, and the Cape’s school-aged population is predicted to decline even more over the next decade. For some towns, the answer to this challenge is regionalization of schools; and for some parents, the answer is school choice.


The latest round of UN climate talks wrapped up last week, with delegates agreeing to parameters for the agreement hashed out in Paris in 2015, but disagreeing on how to handle new information released this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).