Brian Morris

co-Host Morning Edition, Reporter

Brian Morris began working with WCAI in 2005 as an independent reporter/producer, and joined the staff full time in December, 2013. He has contributed to the station's “Creative Life” series, produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands, reported on South Coast issues, and provided field production support for "The Point." He is co-host of WCAI's Morning Edition.

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New Bedford officials are temporarily closing some fire stations at night.

New Bedford currently has ten fire stations, but only enough firefighters to staff nine of them at any given time. In an effort to save money, the city instituted a policy of “rolling brownouts,” where one station may close on a rotating basis on certain days.

At the moment, New Bedford can’t afford to hire any new firefighters, so spiraling overtime costs have forced city officials to extend those brownouts to nighttime hours.

Local teens struggling with opiate addiction will soon be able to get access to medical treatments like Suboxone on the Cape. 

The Hyannis-based Duffy Health Center will use a 100-thousand-dollar federal grant to begin what’s called a medication-assisted treatment program designed for 16- and 17-year-olds.

These programs use drugs like Suboxone and Vivitrol, which reduce withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction. Executive Director Heidi Nelson says until now, families have had to go off-Cape for treatment.

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Liquid natural gas provides roughly 59 percent of New England’s electricity. Demand for this resource, which is piped in from out of state, has grown in recent years, but construction of new pipelines hasn’t kept pace.

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion of the week's top local and regional news.  Guests include: George Brennan from the Cape Cod Times; Ryan Bray with the Falmouth Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Steve Myrick of the Vineyard Gazette; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Brian Tarcy of the online news site, Cape Cod Wave.

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Each year, Labor Day Weekend seems to sneak up before anyone realizes it. The long weekend marks the official end of the fleeting summer season here on Cape Cod, as nights become cooler and visitors pack up and prepare for that last trek back over the bridge. On Saturday, WCAI’s Brian Morris was at a West Falmouth beach for a unique end-of-summer celebration.

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Solar energy currently generates just two percent of Massachusetts’ total electric power. Backers of solar energy hope to bring that number up to 20 percent by the year 2025. To get there, more customers need to switch to renewable energy. But getting people to make that change will take some creative incentives. WCAI’s Brian Morris reports that right now, many solar developers are in a holding pattern, waiting to learn the fate of one key solar energy incentive called “net metering.”

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After sitting dark for two and a half months, the red and white beacon inside the Gay Head Light shone again Tuesday night, illuminating the cliffs of Aquinnah. The iconic lighthouse had been moved 120 feet back from an eroding cliff face in May, and last night's ceremony under a tent next to the lighthouse marked the end of an island-wide effort to save it.

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Among the big news stories of week: Illegal clam harvest in Provincetown; huge fine for Chatham property owner who bulldozed wetlands; state sides with Orleans over spit-spat; Nantucket selectmen want annual 4th of July party shut down; Cape Cod leads nation in under-employment; Eversource planning new Acushnet facility; and former Dartmouth selectmen sentenced in embezzlement case.

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Weekly News Roundup, a look at some of the top stories of the week.  With Brian is Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.  Top stories include: a New York developer pulls out of plans to build a casino in New Bedford; continued controversy over plans to turn a community center in Aquinnah into a gambling facility; Joe's Lobster Mart in Sandwich

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival backed by an electric band and roared into a blistering version of "Maggie's Farm." It was the shot heard round the world; Dylan’s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation, and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.  WCAI's Brian Morris interviews author Elijah Wald about his book

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