WCAI's Local News Roundup: Concerns About Visa Workers; Toddler Killed by Truck

Mar 3, 2017

WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Cynthia McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The Dukes County courthouse doesn't have a properly-functioning fire alarm system, which means an employee is on fire watch.
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Among the stories they discuss this week: Barnstable continues to grapple with polluted groundwater, which threatens to cost untold millions of dollars to clean up; a 14-month-old toddler was killed in Mashpee this week after being hit by a pickup truck; a Barnstable High School teacher was murdered in her Cotuit home, and her husband is charged with the crime; plans are moving forward to renovate Nobska Light in Falmouth; the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station takes the next step in the plant's planned closure in 2019; the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is taking steps to deal with the opioid crisis; Cape residents can send ticks to U Mass for pathogen testing at a reduced price; Mashpee considers leaving Cape Cod Tech, but has no plan for where else the students would go; the Dukes County courthouse is left without a working fire alarm system; Harwich voters will consider whether the town should use its resources to enforce federal immigration laws; Chatham is looking at $13 million in waterfront upgrades; a state representative in Bristol County is looking to stop the county sheriff from using his resources to enforce federal immigration laws and perhaps use inmates to build a border wall; New Bedford's crime rate drops 10 percent; Provincetown voters will have a say on the final site of a new police station; Provincetown's attempt to purchase the Harbor Hill condominium complex for affordable housing is on hold; and business owners on Martha's Vineyard are concerned about getting a sufficient number of summer workers through federal visa programs.