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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.


Entanglement in fishing gear is the suspected cause of death for some of the eight North Atlantic right whales found dead in recent weeks.
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The story of a species' decline is usually a slow-moving one. Not so for North Atlantic right whales this summer. Eight individuals have died in Canadian waters in the past two months, prompting alarm from researchers and an unprecedented response from Canadian officials. Here's where things stand right now:

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Every Friday WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan to go over what's happening on Beacon Hill. This week, they discuss a rewrite of the state's new retail marijuana law. The bill finally made it to Governor Charlie Baker's desk, just in time for law makers to wind down the first part of their legislative session before the summer recess.

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The five-gallon bucket is a staple for most fishermen. It can haul tackle, bait, and your catch. For most anglers, it's a repurposed item, castoff from a jobsite. Actually purchasing a bucket from a hardware store for a few dollars? What luxury, what self-indulgence.

A couple of companies now want to change these age-old rules. They're introducing a new category to fishing accessories: the premium five-gallon bucket.   

Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project is currently one of the largest energy storage systems in Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts is pushing hard on the renewable energy front, with more than 1600MW solar installed and a target of 1600MW offshore wind energy by 2020. Since sunshine and wind don’t always match consumer demand for electricity, the Commonwealth has set a goal of 200MWh of energy storage capacity by 2020, and is putting more than $10 million into energy storage research and demonstration projects.

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The County Fair isn't the only game in town this week. There are great options for music, theater, art, and even a visit with Santa Claus (!). Here's your Weekend Outlook.    

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Wendy Taucher’s Dance Opera Theatre is performing a comic adaptation of Don Pasquale, on Martha's Vineyard. It's part of a new Salon Opera Series, where adaptations of comic classics honor the music as written while providing a context for a contemporary audience. We sit in on a rehearsal and talk with some of the performers.

 

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On The Point, we hear about some of the films coming to this year’s Woods Hole Film Festival. And Hannah Garfield and Casey Robidoux share their thoughts about the life of Film Festival interns. 

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David Haddad started a series of pop-up dinners a couple years ago called The Gathered Table. I went to one recently and was totally smitten by the variety of local wild foods used as accents or vehicles for infusing flavor. Bayberry for smoking, or using the buds brined for capers, Beach Rose, Beach peas, spruce tips... 

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On The Point, host Mindy Todd sits down with Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, to talk about the mysterious world of memory.

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