WCAI's Local News Roundup: SJC Says Needle Exchange Okay; Residents Fed Up with "Nip" Bottles

Jun 16, 2017

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran rounds up the top local news stories of the week with several area journalists.

Joining Sean this week are Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

A Hyannis-based needle exchange program can continue with its work indefinitely, after the state Supreme Judicial Court found that communities and the state cannot block them from operating.
Credit File photo, Wikimedia Commons

Among the stories they discuss this week: the state Supreme Judicial Court rules that a controversial needle-exchange program in Hyannis does not need state or local approval; the state is considering taxing homeowners who rent rooms to make extra cash; state lawmakers opt to change the voter-approved recreational marijuana law; opponents of the Cape Wind project are keeping on the pressure against the project; eight Cape Cod towns appeal a plan that would spray herbicides beneath power lines; a new, first-of-its-kind adaptive sports program begins at Nickerson State Park; a local legislator is trying to change the bottle bill to include "nips"; a county commissioner becomes very upset when a state representative uses his parking spot, threatening to challenge him in the next election; a local summer camp is under scrutiny after its director gets caught up in a sex sting operation; a national hotel chain is looking to open a hotel in Mashpee; the Martha's Vineyard Girls Tennis team wins the state championship for the third year in a row; Bristol County Jail experiences another suicide; some residents in Provincetown are opposing a medicinal marijuana facility there; a member of the Provincetown Planning Board resigns and has harsh words for the chairman; a local "Pastafarian" wears a colander during his driver license photo.