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Outer Cape police departments have begun accepting unwanted firearms. Those towns are: Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

The gun buyback program runs through May 16th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Residents can bring in any unwanted guns no-questions-asked and receive a small thank you gift in return.

Kathryn Eident spoke with Wellfleet Police Chief Ronald Fisette to learn more about the program.

Residents can go to Wellfleet Police Department's web page and click "news blogs" to learn more.

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The company that owns the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth recently said it will close that plant in 2019, but that doesn't mean the windows there will be boarded up anytime soon.

As early as next fall, police at Cape Cod Community College may patrol its wooded campus in West Barnstable armed with guns.

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Retired school teacher and Oak Bluffs resident Deborah Maher always had an interest in Cuba. So when she learned that the U.S. was resuming a diplomatic relationship with the island country, she knew she wanted to visit. But she didn't just want to go as a tourist--she wanted to forge friendships.

Kathryn Eident with talked Maher about her recent trip to the island as part of a group from Cape Cod Community College.

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Transportation officials announced this week they had located the data recorder on the cargo ship, El Faro, which sank in some 15-thousand feet of water off the coast of the Bahamas.

Investigators found the recorder using technology built and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Kathryn Eident talked with James Kinsey, an associate scientist at the Institution about the kinds of technology they used.

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A group of South Coast teens is in St. Louis this morning, prepping their home-made robot to compete in the Super Bowl of high school robotics--the FIRST Robotics Championship.

It's an overnight success story; the group of 14 kids from six high schools formed last fall and are competing this week against teams that have been around for decades.

Kathryn Eident talked with the group's mentor, UMass Dartmouth professor, Alex Fowler, to learn more.

Nobska Light Shines On, Renovations To Come

Apr 26, 2016
Travis Bubenik

The historic Nobska Light in Woods Hole was officially transferred to the care of the Town of Falmouth and a local non-profit on Monday, at a ceremony attended by community leaders, politicians and Coast Guard officials.

A sea shanty about spotting Nobska Light and heading up the channel to New Bedford opened the celebration of an effort to preserve the lighthouse after the Coast Guard announced a plan to sell it back in 2014.

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Nearly three dozen veterans were homeless last year on Cape Cod according to the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness.

Two Dennis officials want to decrease that number by building a home for six of those veterans. Town Planner Daniel Fortier and Selectman Wayne Bergeron hope to use a piece of town land off Route 134 and build a home using volunteers and donated materials.

But they have a tight deadline—they want to do it by Christmas.

Kathryn Eident talked Town Planner Daniel Fortier to learn more.

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Imagine looking through a telescope and discovering some of the brightest galaxies ever seen in the universe--galaxies so old, and so bright, scientists didn't believe they could even exist.

Now imagine being an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst and making that discovery.

Barnstable native and UMass Amherst senior Kevin Harrington was that person. He found these 10 billion-year-old galaxies crunching data from some of the world's most powerful telescopes during summer internships.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident speaks with Harrington to learn more.

Town Meeting season is once again upon us here on the Cape and Islands. In Provincetown, residents will consider several articles at next week's Town Meeting that address the town's affordable housing crunch.

One is a bylaw that would impose a fee on new development. The fee would go into an affordable housing fund. It's called the Inclusionary Housing Bylaw, and other places, like Boston and Barnstable, have similar versions in place.

Another article aims to slow conversions of older housing stock into condos, which often become unaffordable for year-round renters.

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