Healthcare workers during the West African Ebola oubreak.
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Ebola is back. The virus killed more than 11,000 people between 2014 and 2016. It was the largest Ebola outbreak ever documented. Now, health officials say there’s a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Officials are reporting four deaths and more than thirty suspected cases of Ebola in the past two weeks. They are also monitoring more than 400 individuals who came into contact with those patients. Still, because the area is so remote, officials say the risk of the outbreak spreading beyond national borders is low to medium.

A New Life in Ice

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Schuyler Swenson

Chip Koser of Mashpee is a professionally trained chef who has worked in a number of famous restaurants. But Chip spends less time in kitchens and more time in freezers. Schuyler Swenson brings the story of a man who found a new life in ice sculpting.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

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Colin Williams reads his poem, "scraping shovel echo."

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The skeleton of a 35-foot whale is being installed for public display at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. It’s not just any whale, either. It's the skeleton of an 11-year-old humpback that researchers followed from when she was a calf. 

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran rounds up the top local news stories of the week with several area journalists. Joining Sean this week are Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The State legislature is moving closer to agreeing on a budget for next fiscal year, but they'll have to deal with unstable tax revenue receipts as they figure out how to spend taxpayers' $40 billion.

Kathryn Eident talked with WCAI's State House reporter Mike Deehan, who's been been keeping an eye on Beacon Hill, to learn more.

Whaling City Golf Course

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell announced plans  Thursday to convert half of the city's golf course into a business park. 

The city is working with a quasi-governmental agency called Mass Development to develop the park. Mitchell says it's the perfect place to attract manufacturers; it's near the highway, an airport and even a rail line.  He says construction will start in 2019. Kathryn Eident talked with Mitchell to learn more.  

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Just as many local fishermen were brushing the winter cobwebs from their rods, readying for that first trip to the water in 2017, word comes that a pair of anglers out of Falmouth landed a 64lb striped bass.

That's not how it's supposed to work.

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Anyone who's spent any time with a kid between the ages of five and fifteen recently has probably encountered a fidget spinner. These flat, three-pronged, spinning toys are marketed as ways to help autistic students or those with ADHD focus by giving the hands something to do. However, some schools have banned fidget spinners because, well, they're too interesting. They actually grab kids' attention.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

This weekend has plenty to offer for going out: history, music, fun socializing, and art. It's all here in the Weekend Outlook. 

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