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9:30 PM - The National Weather Service has extended the blizzard warning until 10 PM, and issued a new coastal flood advisory through midnight. Tides could be as much as 2.5 feet higher than usual, flooding vulnerable basements and shore roads. Erosion is a concern for east-facing beaches on Cape Cod and Nantucket. 

Eversource has restored power to many residents, but more than half of customers in Yarmouth - plus thousands more across the Cape and Islands - are still without electricity. Many school districts are already announcing closures or delays for Friday.

Some residents of Hyannis could soon have new neighbors.  The Barnstable County Sheriff's Department is looking to open a half-way house program downtown.  As Chloe Shelford reports, the plan could be controversial because Hyannis is a draw for tourists, and the village has received complaints about its large and visible homeless population.

Chloe Shelford

About 30 protesters gathered in the bitter cold outside the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Monday, January 9. With hand-made signs and shouted slogans, they welcomed a team of special investigators from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC workers are on hand for their third and final week of intensive inspections at the troubled plant.

Falmouth Mourns Two Local Teens Killed in Car Crash

Dec 27, 2016
Sean Corcoran

Hundreds of students and friends gathered at a Falmouth High School athletic field Friday afternoon. They came to celebrate the life, and acknowledge the death, of 17-year-old James Lavin, who died in a one-car crash on Thomas B. Landers Road Thursday evening.

Lavin's passenger and friend, 17-year-old Owen Higgins, initially was transported in critical condition to a Rhode Island hospital, but he died later Friday, according to police. Both teens were members of the Falmouth varsity hockey and football teams.

Hoping for Housing in a Sea of Million-Dollar Homes

Dec 20, 2016
Courtesy of Housing Assistance Corporation.

This spring 22 homes will go up for sale in a new development on Nantucket. Alicia Briscol, a postal worker on island, is hoping to buy one.

When Briscol  first moved to Nantucket in 2006, she realized two things. First: she loved this island off the coast of Massachusetts.

“I love the quiet and the quaintness,” she said, “the cobblestone street. I was just amazed by - this place is in the United States!”

And second: if you’re not a millionaire, it’s really hard to find a place to live.

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A new board is forming in Provincetown that will oversee the state's first-ever rental housing trust for middle-income residents. 

The trust will help residents who make too much to qualify for low-income housing assistance, but can't afford to pay the median 700-thousand dollars for a house in town.

By Car, Truck and Boat: Handling an Island's Trash

Dec 9, 2016
Angela Scionti

Don Hatch is a numbers man. He has to know the costs of what it takes to recycle his trash, or else he’s losing money. Because of that, he has to be creative.  

"Two years ago we were receiving $25 a ton for recycling," he said. "This year we are paying $40 a ton. So the recycling market is pretty poor right now. So we are just mixing everything and sending it off to a plant in Woburn."

Edie Kennedy

The number of people riding bicycles is increasing. In Massachusetts, it’s more than doubled during the past decade. But as the popularity of cycling goes up, so do the number of accidents. In Provincetown, bicycle-related accidents have increased almost 25 percent in the last 5 years.

Olga Golub is one of the people who loves to bike in Provincetown with her husband.

“Commercial Street, we walk it of course a lot, but biking, it’s so much easier than bringing a car,” said Golub.

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Cape Cod residents lined up at Town Halls across Cape Cod this week as early voting got underway in Massachusetts. WCAI Morning Edition hosts Brian Morris and Kathryn Eident have a report.

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State fisheries officials have closed shellfish beds in Wellfleet after an outbreak of norovirus sickened about 75 people. The 16th annual OysterFest is this weekend, and it’s an event that draws upwards of 20,000 people.

Michele Insley of SPAT, the event’s organizing group, discusses what the closure means for OysterFest, with WCAI’s Morning Edition co-host Kathryn Eident.

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