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The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on a massive health bill that aims to accelerate cancer, brain, and biomedical research by providing funding for academic institutions, and by loosening some federal regulations aimed at pharmaceutical companies. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack supports the so-called 21st Century Cures Act, in particular, the $1 billion marked to combat the opioid epidemic. He spoke to WCAI's Kathryn Eident about the bill, and some of the bill's  critics.

 

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Sea level rise is typically mentioned in the context of erosion, coastal flooding, storm damage at the coasts. All of those are issues, to be sure. But rising ocean levels can have other effects – on septic systems and drinking water supplies farther inland. Potential impacts on groundwater are the subject of a new report from US Geological Survey’s New England Water Science Center.

We come into contact with countless chemicals everyday. In fact, we're made of chemicals. But the number of human-made, synthetic chemicals in our lives has skyrocketed, and many common household and personal care products actually contain chemicals that may be bad for our health.

Scientists can measure the amounts of these chemicals in retail products and the home environment, and they can study what they do to animals in laboratory. But that leaves one big, unanswered question:

Poetry Sunday: Laura Foley

Dec 4, 2016

Laura Foley reads her poem, "To See It."

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts an hour-long roundup of local news stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Sean Driscoll of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Bill Chaisson of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Two Cape Cod football teams - the Mashpee Falcons and the Falmouth Clippers - are competing in the State football championships at Gillette Stadium. WCAI's Brian Morris checked in with coaches and players from both teams before their big games.

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The first weekend of December is upon us, and towns and organizations all over the Cape are ready to celebrate the holidays. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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From the design features in a passive solar house to new technologies in building materials and appliances, there are numerous ways for buildings to become more energy efficient.

Mac Hay/Mac's Seafood

Have you ever had whiting? It’s a small fish, usually about 12-to-14 inches long, with a soft white flesh and a mild flavor. It lives in our waters, and historically, the whiting fishery was big on Cape Cod every fall. These days, though, most local fisherman aren’t catching whiting, and it’s hard to find in local markets.

On The Point, we talk about books with a winter theme. Mindy Todd hosts book experts Jill Erickson, of the Falmouth Public Library, and Jennifer Gaines, of the Woods Hole Library.  

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