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Additional disaster response teams are mobilizing as Hurricane Irma pummels its way closer to the mainland United States this weekend. It got us wondering how well the Cape is prepared for a catastrophic storm. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Kevin Morley of the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee to learn more about what it does, and how it manages a network of six shelters on the Cape and Nantucket.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan each week about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they talk about the state's new Cannabis Control Commission chairman, and hear what Governor Charlie Baker had to say when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington D.C.

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is creating new uncertainty for a number of area high school and college students. WCAI's Morning Edition hosts Brian Morris and Kathryn Eident have reaction to the decision from Dr. John Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College, and Helena Da Silva-Hughes of the Immigrants Assistance Center in New Bedford.

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Our attention these past few days has begun to focus on Hurricane Irma and its impacts, but hundreds of volunteers are still working in Texas to help victims from Hurricane Harvey.

Retired Reverend Fred Meade is one of those volunteers. The Falmouth resident been in San Antonio for more than 10 days, working as a spiritual care leader for people still in Red Cross shelters. WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with him by phone to hear how things are going.

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The Trump Administration is considering cutting foreign worker programs as it seeks to carry out the President's executive order to "Buy American, Hire American." The possible cuts include a program allowing foreign students to work in the U.S.  Some local officials say the program is vital to the Cape's economy.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Northcross to learn more about the J-1 visa program.

 

Things look like they are about to heat up in the State Legislature, as Lawmakers prepare for the second half of their two-year session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Several volunteers from the Cape are among scores of Red Cross volunteers who are traveling to Texas this week to help residents stranded by the weekend storm and flooding. They come from Bourne, Falmouth and Chatham.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape and Islands' Red Cross chapter director Hilary Greene about how they're getting there, what they'll be doing, and how long they might be in Texas.

Blind Runner Inspires at Falmouth Road Race

Aug 21, 2017

Some 13-thousand runners took to the streets of Falmouth Sunday for the 45th annual Falmouth Road Race.  At the starting line in Woods Hole, WCAI's Dan Tritle spoke to a blind Nashua, New Hampshire man who was running the seven-mile course for the first time.

 

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Thousands of counter-protesters are expected in Boston Common Saturday to protest a so-called Free Speech Rally.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what is being planned, and how police are responding.

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The Legislature is on their August recess and Gov. Charlie Baker has been taking a little time off this week, but that didn't stop electoral politics from creating buzz on Beacon Hill. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update. 

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