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President John Cox and a student at graduation
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Starting next fall, students who enroll at Cape Cod Community College can take part in a new program aimed at helping them get a bachelor's degree while also keeping costs down.

The program, called Commonwealth Commitment, allows students to lock in tuition rates and also get a 10 percent rebate for each semester they complete at the community college and state university level.  

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Geologically speaking, Cape Cod is little more than a constantly shifting sand bar. Last week, nature offered the latest reminder of that fact when a huge clay formation broke away from the cliff face at Coast Guard Beach in Truro and collapsed onto the beach below.

WCAI's Brian Morris spoke with Dr. Graham Giese, Scientist Emeritus at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, about how and why this sort of thing happens.

The Cape Cod Canal will soon become home to a test site for companies looking to harness the power of tidal energy. The non-profit Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative is spearheading the project and hopes to have it running by late summer.

Kathryn Eident talked with the Center's John Miller to learn more about the Bourne Tidal Test Site.

 

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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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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with area journalists about the top local news stories of the week. Joining Sean this week are George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Sara Brown of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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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.

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