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State lawmakers wrapped up their session Wednesday before breaking for the holidays. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what they got done, and what to look for in 2018.

The state Senate passed a sweeping health care bill late Thursday night aimed at curbing costs for the state and healthcare consumers.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about details of the bill and what happens next. 

After weeks of debate, Massachusetts legislators finally passed a supplemental budget bill to formally close out fiscal year 2017. The bill included a ban on bump stocks, the attachment that increases the firing capability of a semi-automatic weapon. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more. 

The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of a criminal justice reform bill on a vote of 27-10 early Friday morning, after 14 hours of debate. 

The legislation would, among other things, repeal mandatory minimum prison sentences for several drug-dealing crimes, legalize sex between young teens close in age and raise the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 19 which would be the highest in the nation. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with station State House reporter Mike Deehan for more details on this sweeping piece of legislation. 

  

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Another North Atlantic Right Whale has been found dead off the coast of Cape Cod. A boater found the whale carcass Monday on Nashawena Island, part of the Elizabeth Islands off Woods Hole. It's the 16th North Atlantic Right Whale to be discovered dead so far this year. 

WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Kathryn Eident for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about what lawmakers might address in the last few weeks before they recess for the year.

12 Cape Cod Towns Vote on New $128M Tech School

Oct 20, 2017
www.yesoncapetech.com

Next Tuesday, residents in twelve Cape Cod towns will vote to either approve or deny the construction of a new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The new building in Harwich would cost $128 million, and raise property taxes for the next 30 years.

Supporters say it’s worth the investment in the Cape’s workforce, while opponents argue the cost is too high.

National Weather Service, weather.gov

Tropical Storm Jose drew nearer to the Cape and Islands on Wednesday, bringing with it periods of heavy rain, blustery winds and a one- to three-foot storm surge in some areas.  The National Weather Service said the storm would also cause significant beach erosion around the region possibly into Saturday, as the storm system hovered more than 100 miles offshore.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checked in with Science Correspondent Dr. Heather Goldstone to learn more.

redcross.org

Hundreds of people from across the country are volunteering to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But not all the volunteers go to the disaster zone physically—some work from afar.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Martha's Vineyard resident Deborah Medders, a licensed mental health worker who volunteers with the Red Cross call center.

NASA, nasa.gov

Additional disaster response teams are mobilizing as Hurricane Irma pummels its way closer to the mainland United States this weekend. It got us wondering how well the Cape is prepared for a catastrophic storm. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Kevin Morley of the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee to learn more about what it does, and how it manages a network of six shelters on the Cape and Nantucket.

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