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Across the United States, eight nuclear power plants are either shutting down, or soon will be, including Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, which will close by 2019.

But just because a plant will stop generating electricity doesn't mean there aren't safety and security issues that still need addressing.

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Deer hunting season is underway on Nantucket. This year, some hunters will donate their venison to the Nantucket Food Pantry. It's a way of keeping deer populations in check, while also feeding the community. WCAI Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris spoke with Anne-Marie Bellavance, the director of the Nantucket Food Pantry, to find out more.

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Drivers in Provincetown know that getting around in a car or truck can be tricky, especially during peak tourist season in summer. Roads in the Cape's outermost town are narrow, and parking spaces are hard to find. It's for this reason that Provincetown Selectmen asked the Cape Cod Commission to do a comprehensive traffic circulation study.
 
WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with the Commission's technical services director, Glenn Cannon, about what the plan entails.
 

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The Barnstable County Sheriff's office will soon become the only department in the region with a specially-equipped boat that can detect radiation and other threats.  

The Sheriff’s office is buying the boat with a $450,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. That means the boat comes with certain stipulations on how and when it can be used.  

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The Cape Cod National Seashore has released a lengthy plan designed to protect endangered shorebirds at the Seashore. The plan includes selectively killing or removing predators that threaten the birds -- an initiative that's been controversial in the past.

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When someone donates land to a town, they often request and intend that it be used only for specific purposes, like a park. But if those intentions are not clearly set down in a property deed, problems can arise.
 
In Brewster, construction has begun on new parking spaces at Breakwater Beach. The parking spaces are being built next to an existing parking lot at Breakwater Beach, on land that was donated to Brewster in 1955.

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Cyclists say they want a safer way to get to Provincetown by bike.

The Cape Cod Commission and Cape Cod National Seashore are considering three options for a 20-mile route where the Rail Trail ends in Wellfleet. The plan calls for using old railroad beds and other pathways. They’re also looking at secondary routes that lead people to attractions like beaches and other sites.

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The utility company Eversource is spraying herbicides along power lines in 13 Cape towns this fall. The action is going ahead despite the fact that all 15 towns in Barnstable County have asked the utility to stop its spraying program.

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Come January, Cape Cod Community College students will be able to get certified in airplane maintenance and repair -- a skillset local aviation officials say they need in their workforce. The program is part of an effort to encourage local industries and train young people for jobs that are -- or will be -- available in our region.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with college President John Cox about what the program and the opportunities it will provide.

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A Hyannis nonprofit banned from distributing needles is taking the Barnstable Board of Health to court. 

At issue is whether the AIDS Group of Cape Cod needs state approval to operate a needle exchange in Hyannis. The town shut down the exchange last month saying the group needs a permit. 

The AIDS Group disagrees, and when the nonprofit threatened the town with a lawsuit, officials allowed the exchange to reopen for one week. 

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