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The trees have leafed out across the Cape, islands and SouthCoast. In past years, those green leaves were quickly eaten up by gypsy and winter moths. WCAI's Kathryn Eident visited with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologyst Larry Dapsis to learn if we might see the same results this year.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter about the week's biggest news on Beacon Hill. This week, they talk about the Senate's budget process, the so-called Red Flag bill, and other legislation of interest. 

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The Massachusetts Senate recently passed a series of amendments in a supplemental budget aimed at shoring up the state's finances for the rest of the fiscal year. That included an amendment filed by Cape Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) to provide a more consistent source of funding for police departments to provide officer training.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Cyr to learn more.

 

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Chatham's Board of Selectmen has been pressuring U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-Mass.) to continue his efforts to return a stretch of ocean off the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to state and local control. Those waters were put under federal control when officials redrew boundaries in 2016, impacting some areas used for fishing. Chatham selectmen say efforts seem to have stalled, and even went as far as to put out a call to action to residents last week.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Morning Edition Producer Hayley Fager to learn more. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has indicated he'd like to make some changes to a sweeping criminal justice bill he signed last month.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about this, and other happenings on Beacon Hill, in their weekly segment. 

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U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) announced last week that the House passed a bill to speed up the process of moving spent nuclear fuel off local sites, like the Pilgrim Plant in Plymouth, to a federal holding facility.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Keating about this legislation, and about his efforts to help New Bedford fishermen in the so-called Codfather's fishing fleet get federal permission to start fishing again.

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We've all been told how important it is to invest in the future, and there's a whole industry dedicated to retirement planning. But not all financial advisors are created equal, despite attempts to implement a proposed rule that would require anyone who gives retirement investment advice to sign an oath saying they're working in the customer's best interest. A court recently struck down the proposed so-called fiduciary rule, leaving many confused in its wake.

Beacon Hill investigators have found that former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg failed to protect the senate from Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, who now faces sexual assault and other charges.  

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the report, and possible punishment for Rosenberg.   

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State House lawmakers passed a bill late last month that would add a tax to short-term rentals such as those listed on Air BnB. Cape lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would let their towns add a surcharge specifically designed to help pay for the region's looming wastewater pollution crisis.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the Legislature's budget planning, their rejection of an aid in dying bill, and their upcoming work on a massive criminal justice reform bill.

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More than a week after the mass shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the nation is still reeling from the deaths of 17 students and teachers. Once again there have been calls for gun control legislation, as this time teens nationwide rally in support of school safety. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., about gun control and asked him: Does he think this time will be different?

The state’s Republican Party took an unusual stance this week and essentially endorsed Governor Charlie Baker over a would-be challenger ahead of the primary. Normally the party takes a neutral stance on candidates in the interest of holding a fair primary. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about why the GOP changed its mind.

Valentine Greetings from Tisbury School Students

Feb 14, 2018

Third graders at the Tisbury School on Martha's Vineyard wrote Valentine's Day poems, which they recorded in the school library with WCAI producer Dan Tritle.  Special thanks going out to Whitney Burke, Kathryn Harcourt, Anne Williamson, Mollee Lewis, Nicole Shirley, Maria Metters, Amy Custer, and Natalie Krauthamer.

Former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg will not return as president of the state senate this year.

The Senate yesterday moved to keep acting Senate President Harriet Chandler in the job through the end of this year.

Rosenberg stepped down temporarily last year, amid accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against his now-estranged husband, Brian Hefner. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about the Senate's move to oust Rosenberg, and what comes next.

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Learning a new language has long been a requirement at most American high schools. While the typical offerings include Spanish, French, and Latin, in Mashpee, a small group of students is taking on a language that hasn’t been spoken fluently in centuries. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident has more on the Wôpanâak Language class at Mashpee High School.

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