Brian Morris

South Coast Reporter

Brian Morris is the South Coast Reporter for WCAI. He began working with the station 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, and produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands. Brian also is a fill-in Host for "All Things Considered," and provides field production support for "The Point." 

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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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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.

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The relocation of the iconic Gay Head Lighthouse moved ahead much faster and more smoothly than anyone expected. Although much more work remains to be done at the site, the hard part – moving the 400-ton brick structure to its new location – is now complete. And a number of people were on hand to witness the event.

By Saturday morning, the lighthouse already was within a few yards of its new home – a cement foundation 134 feet from its previous location, where it sat dangerously close to the edge of a cliff. Rick Pomroy is Project Manager for the move.  

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Almost two weeks ahead of schedule, the Gay Head Lighthouse began its ultra-slow-motion journey to a new location 134 feet from its former site --  and well back from the eroding cliff-side. Amid the din of heavy construction equipment – and a news helicopter and drone overhead – spectators watched as the first stages of the three-day move unfolded. 

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The move of the iconic Gay Head lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard got underway late this morning, about two weeks ahead of schedule. The 400-ton brick structure, which had stood just 46 feet from the eroding cliffs, is expected to reach its new foundation, 134 feet away, by Saturday.

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