Across the Cape, the South Coast, and the Islands, power crews continue working to restore electricity to homes knocked out by the powerful, slow-moving storm that struck the region Friday night and continued with strong winds through Saturday.


More than a week after the mass shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the nation is still reeling from the deaths of 17 students and teachers. Once again there have been calls for gun control legislation, as this time teens nationwide rally in support of school safety. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., about gun control and asked him: Does he think this time will be different?

The state’s Republican Party took an unusual stance this week and essentially endorsed Governor Charlie Baker over a would-be challenger ahead of the primary. Normally the party takes a neutral stance on candidates in the interest of holding a fair primary. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about why the GOP changed its mind.

Former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg will not return as president of the state senate this year.

The Senate yesterday moved to keep acting Senate President Harriet Chandler in the job through the end of this year.

Rosenberg stepped down temporarily last year, amid accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against his now-estranged husband, Brian Hefner. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about the Senate's move to oust Rosenberg, and what comes next.

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Learning a new language has long been a requirement at most American high schools. While the typical offerings include Spanish, French, and Latin, in Mashpee, a small group of students is taking on a language that hasn’t been spoken fluently in centuries. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident has more on the Wôpanâak Language class at Mashpee High School.

In Truro Attic, Discovery of a Trove of Hopper Drawings and Diaries

Jan 22, 2018
Stephanie Guyer-Stevens

Edward Hopper is probably Provincetown’s most famous artist, but until a few years ago, not many of his works could be found on the Cape.  The Provincetown Art Association and Museum had one watercolor—by his wife, Jo—and a couple of Edward’s sketches from art school. Then one day Museum Director Chris McCarthy’s phone rang.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan. This week, Deehan talks about Governor Charlie Baker's testimony in support of his latest bill to combat the opioid epidemic. 

The Trump administration recently announced it was canceling Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for some 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. The program has allowed those people to live and work legally in the US. 

Work on Nantucket Sewer Line Bypass Progressing

Jan 8, 2018
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A sewer line that provides service to about 80% percent of Nantucket's homes broke late last week, forcing officials to send more than 2.5 million gallons of sewage into Nantucket Harbor. Crews worked throughout the weekend to install a bypass to reroute the sewage back to the treatment plant.

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A catastrophic sewer break on Nantucket has released more than one million gallons of sewage and stormwater into Nantucket Harbor. Roberto Santamaria, the island’s Health Director, said the winter weather is likely to blame for the rupture.

The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office will soon begin enforcing federal immigration law within the jail.

Last night, the county’s Assembly of Delegates voted in support of Sheriff James Cummings’s recent move to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. It will allow local law enforcement to assist with detaining county inmates suspected of illegal immigration.

WCAI Morning Edition Co-host Kathryn Eident talks with Statehouse Reporter Mike Deehan about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they discuss a possible new FBI probe into allegations former State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, tried to use his political influence in exchange for sex with several men.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about the fallout after several men accuse State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband of sexual assault, and a new report that's critical of the state's Department of Children and Families. 

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Deer hunting season is open across the state. On Martha's Vineyard, thanks to a unique three-way partnership, hunters aren't the only ones showing up with expectations at the island's weigh-in station. 

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.