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One week into the new budget year, and the House and Senate finally have a compromise spending plan. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about the $40-billion-dollar budget.

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State lawmakers worked late into the night Thursday, trying to meet a deadline for the state's next fiscal year budget, and to find a compromise on a re-worked marijuana retail sales law. WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan was there, keeping tabs on the House and Senate. He talks with WCAI's Kathryn Eident about what happened.  

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The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority announced new initiatives with local Councils on Aging this month to help senior citizens get around the region.

CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir says the new programs were inspired in part because Barnstable's senior population will grow to more than 40 percent of the county by 2030. Kathryn Eident talked with Cahir to learn more about what his agency is doing about to help the Cape's senior citizens.

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Ticks are on the rise throughout New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme disease and other illnesses associated with tick bites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease nationwide each year, but some officials say that due to underreporting, the number of actual cases could be much higher.

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When someone loses the use of their limbs because of a traumatic injury, the emotional healing process can be long and difficult. It’s been shown that physical activity is one of the best ways to help that process along, but it takes the help of trained personnel and specially modified equipment. There’s a new program on Cape Cod that’s providing opportunities for those with severe injuries, helping them get outside on the water and the trails.

  

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The 2018  ballot will ask Massachusetts voters to raise the tax on the state's wealthiest residents to fund education initiatives and transportation projects.

WCAI’s State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Morning Edition co-host Kathryn Eident to talk about the so-called “millionaire's tax" and other happenings on Beacon Hill. 

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Each week, Kathryn Eident checks in with WCAI State House reporter, Mike Deehan, to hear what's happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about a series of bills banning everything from using a cell phone while driving, to selling helium balloons.

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The state Department of Agricultural Resources approved plans by the utility, Eversource, last week to spray herbicides along power lines in more than a dozen Cape and Vineyard towns.

Local officials and residents have long opposed the idea, saying the chemicals could contaminate the water supply. Truro State Senator Julian Cyr filed two bills on Beacon Hill to give towns more say in the state approval process. Kathryn Eident talked with Cyr to learn more about the pending legislation.

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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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