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State wildlife officials are applying for a federal permit to allow more flexibility in managing piping plover habitat on state and town land.

Federal law prohibits any activity that may put piping plover at risk -- the permit would help managers find a balance between protecting this endangered bird and allowing humans access to the beaches the birds nest on. The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on the state's proposal through February 19th.




Seven SouthCoast towns are receiving letters this week from New Bedford asking how each community is addressing the growing opiate crisis.


Those towns include Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett and Wareham.


New Bedford city councilor Kerry Winterson filed the motion that led to the letter. He says his neighbors need to realize that opiate abuse is not just an urban problem, and says it's time they step up to help curb the crisis.


Local teens struggling with opiate addiction will soon be able to get access to medical treatments like Suboxone on the Cape. 

The Hyannis-based Duffy Health Center will use a 100-thousand-dollar federal grant to begin what’s called a medication-assisted treatment program designed for 16- and 17-year-olds.

These programs use drugs like Suboxone and Vivitrol, which reduce withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction. Executive Director Heidi Nelson says until now, families have had to go off-Cape for treatment.


An investigative report released this week reports significant issues in the way a county-owned fire training area has been managed in the past.

The report cites problems with management, record keeping and adherence to national fire standards.

The report also addresses the discovery of foam containing perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) at the Academy in October. These "chemicals of emerging concern" are banned on-site, but have also been found in nearby drinking wells in Hyannis.

Brewster Officials Want to Know What Residents Think of Beaches

Jan 15, 2016
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Frustration over beach access in Brewster prompts officials to get resident feedback on some larger questions about the town’s beaches.

The town launched an online survey this week that asks residents to consider everything from their favorite town beach to parking challenges and access at those beaches.

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Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe celebrated the U.S. government’s final recognition of the tribe’s sovereign lands at their own government headquarters in Mashpee Monday.

Chief Vernon “Silent Drumm” Lopez, who fought in the Battle of Normandy during World War II, says he has been working to get federal recognition since he joined the tribe’s first board of directors in the 1970s.

Fall River recently elected 24-year-old Jasiel Correia to be its third mayor in less than a year, as well as the youngest mayor in the city’s history. Last fall, Correia defeated Sam Sutter, who was elected in the wake of former mayor Will Flanagan’s resignation last year.

In this interview with WCAI, Correia tells Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris that he wants to attract new businesses to the city and find ways to keep young people from leaving.

More than 500 Turtles Wash Up on Cape Cod Beaches

Jan 8, 2016
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Turtle stranding season has shaped up to be another record one-- more than 500 turtles have washed up along beaches from Barnstable to Provincetown since November, and the season has lasted longer than in previous years.

With more and more young people fleeing Cape Cod in pursuit of job opportunities, trade schools like the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High are becoming increasingly popular. And with so much interest in the schools programs, there's a pressing need to expand campus.

For nearly 50 years, the Upper Cape Cod Technical school has trained local students in trades like carpentry, horticulture, and auto repair. Superintendant, Robert Dutch says the goal is to keep the workforce and young people in the community.


Many people wait until the end of the year to donate to their favorite charities. That way they can support the causes they care about, while also getting a deduction for tax time.

In Provincetown, some residents are threatening to withdraw their support from local charities because of a controversial new property tax that will take effect next year.

WCAI's Morning Edition Co-host Kathryn Eident reports.