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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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.

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

- Dan Tritle

The first full week of summer brings a variety of local news to Cape Cod, the South Coast, and the Islands.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the weekly news roundup.  Guests include: George Brennan from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Voters in New Bedford have resoundingly approved a casino referendum, with 8,355 voters in favor of the project, and 3,040 against. The comfortable margin of 73 percent suggested that most voters agree that a casino could bring many new jobs, as well as a boost to the city’s image. 

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New Bedford voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide if they want a $650-million dollar casino, hotel and conference center built along the city’s waterfront. Developers promise the project will breathe much-needed new life into the city and generate thousands of jobs. They also would put $50-million dollars into a massive environmental cleanup. 

New Bedford resident Gene Gallagher was one of about 70 people who showed up at the Normandin Middle School in the city’s North End last week to learn more about the project -- though Gallagher already knows how he’ll vote.

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Ivory has long been sought after by collectors and dealers, as well as craftsmen who transform the prized material into works of art. But these days, working with ivory is risky. Critics say poachers kill approximately 96 African elephants per day for their ivory, and they want to put a stop to it.