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What would draw dozens of bicyclists of all ages to a Falmouth farm on a recent chilly Sunday? It’s a type of bike racing called cyclocross. It’s a steeplechase race, sending bikers up hills and through mud puddles, with plenty of loud music and spectators cheering. 

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Researchers at UMass Dartmouth recently retrieved an underwater glider they deployed to capture data that would help scientists better understand hurricanes.

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The commercial bay scallop season opened on Nantucket at the beginning of November and will run through the end of March, but for bay scallopers, this year’s harvest is already looking to be pretty lean.

Out in Madaket harbor on the western-most edge of Nantucket, scalloper Blair Perkins is throwing out a test dredge, and scanning his catch for the iconic bivalve that seems to be getting scarcer and scarcer in a net full of shells, crabs and spanish moss. 

Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development

A Boston-based nonprofit is working with Sandwich officials to build a new 30-unit affordable housing development off Quaker Meeting House Road. 

The Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development doesn't just build houses, though; the group also installs a suite of services to help the people who will live in the units. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Gabrielle Geller, Senior Development Manager at the Women's Institute, to learn more about what her organization is planning.  

There's only a few weeks of the informal session left, which is not much time for outgoing lawmakers to check off their to-do lists.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to find out more about that, and about Governor Charlie Baker's agenda now that he's been re-elected to his second term.

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The leaves have started turning orange and yellow, and Massachusetts cranberry growers are halfway through this year’s harvest season. It's been a good crop, but they're worried about low fruit prices. Some growers have had to diversity and others have left their bogs behind.

Many incumbents across the state, and here on the Cape and Islands, won Tuesday night's election, so the political landscape won't be all that different when lawmakers begin their formal session in the New Year. But, there were some upsets and some historic moments.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan for a wrap up of state elections. 

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As Massachusetts readies for the opening of its first retail marijuana shops, likely later this month, Cape Cod has set itself up as one of the hardest places in the state to start a recreational marijuana business.

Debates continue as candidates in a variety of local, regional and national races make their pitches ahead of the November 6, 2018 election.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about a debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Challenger Geoff Diehl, and about a debate between incumbent Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin and his challenger, Republican Anthony Amore. 

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Governor Charlie Baker formalized his commitment to bringing the offshore wind industry to New Bedford on Monday, after signing a lease with offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind. The lease would allow Vineyard Wind to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for 18 months, from 2020 to 2021, for staging and construction of offshore wind turbines before they are shipped out to the wind farm site roughly 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.  

Republican Governor Charlie Baker and his Democratic opponent, Jay Gonzalez, got a little tense with each other at their second debate Wednesday night at the WGBH-TV studios in Brighton.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter, Mike Deehan, about the highlights of the debate. 

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Cooler temperatures are not far away, but even when we need to add layers to protect ourselves from frigid winds, we should also be thinking about protecting ourselves from ticks.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checked in with county entomologist Larry Dapsis about Lyme Disease rates in Massachusetts this year, and about a new species of tick he's keeping an eye on. 

National politics encroached a little more than usual on Massachusetts this week. Boston in particular, had a lot of high-profile visitors in town. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about this, and the first debate in the state attorney general’s race, hosted at WGBH. If you missed that debate, check it out, here (scroll down). 

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In the wake of the Cape’s first shark fatality, there have been increasing concerns about the seal population and its impact on tourism and the economy of fisheries, which leaves many people wondering: does Cape Cod have a seal problem?

Housing Assistance Corporation

Two local nonprofits have teamed up to create a fund that will sponsor housing projects across the Cape.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Anne Van Vleck of the Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis to learn more about the "Housing Legacy Fund" and how people can participate in growing it.  

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