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One of Cape Cod’s most congested intersections is set for a major overhaul.

The state plans to re-design the intersection of Yarmouth Road and Route 28 in Hyannis. The intersection, which is near the Airport Rotary, is notorious for long backups and difficult turning lanes.

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The ship that helped find the wreck of the Titanic and life at undersea hydrothermal vents will soon be operated by the Mexican Navy.

The US Navy transferred ownership of the the Research Vessel Knorr to Mexico late last year as part of the decommissioning process. The ship has been an icon in Woods Hole village for the last year and a half, while officials at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution waited for the government to decide the ship's fate.

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Nantucket Sound will soon become home to one of a handful of artificial reefs in the state.

Harwich officials worked with the state's fisheries department to select material from the old Harwich High School to make the reef, which will sit in piles along the mostly sandy seafloor. The goal is to attract fish and boost recreational fishing.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Biologist Mark Rousseau of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries to learn more.

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Livestock farmers on the South Coast will break ground on a new slaughterhouse in Westport in the coming weeks. The USDA-approved 10-thousand-square foot facility will be able to process cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other livestock when it tentatively comes online later this year.   

The Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association is spearheading the $5 million project. Kathryn Eident spoke with association president Andy Burns to learn more.

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New Bedford officials are temporarily closing some fire stations at night.

New Bedford currently has ten fire stations, but only enough firefighters to staff nine of them at any given time. In an effort to save money, the city instituted a policy of “rolling brownouts,” where one station may close on a rotating basis on certain days.

At the moment, New Bedford can’t afford to hire any new firefighters, so spiraling overtime costs have forced city officials to extend those brownouts to nighttime hours.

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State wildlife officials are applying for a federal permit to allow more flexibility in managing piping plover habitat on state and town land.

Federal law prohibits any activity that may put piping plover at risk -- the permit would help managers find a balance between protecting this endangered bird and allowing humans access to the beaches the birds nest on. The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on the state's proposal through February 19th.

 

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Seven SouthCoast towns are receiving letters this week from New Bedford asking how each community is addressing the growing opiate crisis.

 

Those towns include Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett and Wareham.

 

New Bedford city councilor Kerry Winterson filed the motion that led to the letter. He says his neighbors need to realize that opiate abuse is not just an urban problem, and says it's time they step up to help curb the crisis.

 

Local teens struggling with opiate addiction will soon be able to get access to medical treatments like Suboxone on the Cape. 

The Hyannis-based Duffy Health Center will use a 100-thousand-dollar federal grant to begin what’s called a medication-assisted treatment program designed for 16- and 17-year-olds.

These programs use drugs like Suboxone and Vivitrol, which reduce withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction. Executive Director Heidi Nelson says until now, families have had to go off-Cape for treatment.

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An investigative report released this week reports significant issues in the way a county-owned fire training area has been managed in the past.

The report cites problems with management, record keeping and adherence to national fire standards.

The report also addresses the discovery of foam containing perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) at the Academy in October. These "chemicals of emerging concern" are banned on-site, but have also been found in nearby drinking wells in Hyannis.

Brewster Officials Want to Know What Residents Think of Beaches

Jan 15, 2016
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Frustration over beach access in Brewster prompts officials to get resident feedback on some larger questions about the town’s beaches.

The town launched an online survey this week that asks residents to consider everything from their favorite town beach to parking challenges and access at those beaches.

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