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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
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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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A new, solar-powered, electronic fish monitor at the Herring River in Harwich is at work counting the fish for which the river is named as they make their annual spring migration to the region. The newly-installed counter is the only one on the Cape, and one of four statewide.

Kathryn Eident talked with Brad Chase, of the state's division of Marine Fisheries, to learn more about why the counter is important to preserving this endangered species.
 

Every year as the weather turns warmer, homeless camps spring up the woods around Hyannis. Some of the camps are close to schools and neighborhoods, which poses a safety concern. And many of the homeless who populate these camps have issues such as addiction and mental illness.

A new committee is trying to attack the problem with input from different sectors of the community. Barnstable Town Council member Jen Cullum is on the committee, and she spoke to WCAI's Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris about the committee's goals.

New Study: Climate Change Could Hurt Scallop Fishery

Mar 3, 2016
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 A new study says a warming and more acidic ocean could hurt fisheries like scalloping in places like New Bedford. Kathryn Eident talked with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher Jon Hare to learn more.

 

 

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As voters went to the polls on Primary Day, a group of local high school seniors conducted exit polls in Harwich to get a better understanding of the electoral process. WCAI's Brian Morris speaks with the students and their teacher, John Dickson.

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When you hear "Lyme disease" you most likely think of ticks. But the source of the disease is actually a bacterium that lives inside the tick; the tick picks up the bacterium when it feeds on infected mammals like white-footed mice.

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic recently discovered another bacterium that causes Lyme. Kathryn Eident spoke with UMass Amherst microbiologist Stephen Rich about the discovery.

Communities across the region are doing whatever they can to increase and improve access to addiction services, as the numbers of people addicted to pain pills and heroin appears to be increasing rather than relenting.

On the South Coast, the New Bedford City Council recently sent a letter to six surrounding towns, asking for their help in addressing what's commonly called the opioid crisis. The Dartmouth Select Board took issue with the letter, saying it implied that the towns aren't doing enough.

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The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is using a 5-year federal Health and Human Services grant to develop a strategic plan to tackle addiction issues among its members. The work includes gathering data though detailed community assessments that gauge what people are thinking, doing, and feeling about addiction and other health issues.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with Hope Shwom, tribal action plan coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, to learn more.

Advocates on the South Coast have launched an effort to make it easier for the homeless to access services.

WCAI's Brian Morris talked about the new program named, "The Call," with Jennifer Clarke, deputy director of Planning and Community Development for New Bedford.
 

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