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Democrats gather in Worcester Saturday for their annual state party convention.  Kathryn Eident talks with WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan about that, and other political happenings on Beacon Hill. 

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Outdoor enthusiasts need to be especially vigilant about ticks in the spring and summer—that's when the arachnids are in their nymph stage and certain species can transmit diseases such as Lyme and Babesiosis.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident went to Dennis Pond in Yarmouth with county entomologist Larry Dapsis to talk more about the tick life cycle and ways to prevent tick bites from deer and lone star ticks.

  

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Trees are in full bloom across the region.  But if you take a closer look—especially at oak trees—you'll see little holes eaten through many of the leaves.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with county entomologist Larry Dapsis about the return of the gypsy moth and how bad the defoliation might be this year.  

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Earlier this month residents in Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard, drew battle lines and took sides as they prepared to vote on a ballot initiative that would allow restaurants to serve liquor for the first time since prohibition.

Some residents believe this would change the town for the worse, while others think it could help Tisbury’s economy. 

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The end of Spring means a busy time on Beacon Hill, as lawmakers begin to finalize the state budget and bring some bills to the floor for votes.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan to go over some of the happenings in the capital. 

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A newly-formed nuclear decommissioning advisory panel will meet for the first time Wednesday with owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. 

Legislation creating the panel was signed into law last summer by Governor Charlie Baker. Provincetown State Representative Sarah Peake helped push the bill through. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with her about her vision for what the panel can accomplish. 

The meeting is at Plymouth South High School Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6 p.m.

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The State legislature is moving closer to agreeing on a budget for next fiscal year, but they'll have to deal with unstable tax revenue receipts as they figure out how to spend taxpayers' $40 billion.

Kathryn Eident talked with WCAI's State House reporter Mike Deehan, who's been been keeping an eye on Beacon Hill, to learn more.

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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell announced plans  Thursday to convert half of the city's golf course into a business park. 

The city is working with a quasi-governmental agency called Mass Development to develop the park. Mitchell says it's the perfect place to attract manufacturers; it's near the highway, an airport and even a rail line.  He says construction will start in 2019. Kathryn Eident talked with Mitchell to learn more.  

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A former Fall River city councilor is pushing to get June designated as "Seatbelt Awareness Month" in Massachusetts. The motive is personal; Mike Miozza lost his granddaughter, Hannah Raposo, when she lost control of her car on her way to the prom last year. She was not wearing her seatbelt and died in the crash.

Kathryn Eident talked spoke with Miozza about his effort, which includes testimony on Beacon Hill, and a petition with 4,000 signatures of support.

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The Justice Department in recent months has directed local police to hold detained immigrants until federal immigration officials arrive. But some cities in Massachusetts won’t comply unless the immigrant is wanted for a serious crime. Not everyone agrees on which is the right approach, and the debate has focused new attention on so-called sanctuary cities.

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