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There’s an old joke: the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they bought the boat and the day it’s sold. But for Rusty Strange, who built a Chinese Junk, by hand, and lived on board for nearly three decades it’s more complicated. 

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When someone is injured and needs an ambulance, the only pain medicine first responders have  onboard are narcotics, regardless of the seriousness of the injury. Now, state public health officials are considering allowing lower dosage pain killers, like Tylenol, to be stocked on ambulances, in light of the growing opioid epidemic.

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The Cape is a popular place to cycle, even if some of the region's road are a little less than bike friendly. In Wellfleet, police have continued a summer program of distributing bicycle lights to residents and workers, with the hope riders will be safer when riding at night.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Wellfleet Police Chief Ron Fisette about the popular bike light program.

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Every Friday WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan to go over what's happening on Beacon Hill. This week, they discuss a rewrite of the state's new retail marijuana law. The bill finally made it to Governor Charlie Baker's desk, just in time for law makers to wind down the first part of their legislative session before the summer recess.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it will issue 15-thousand more visas for temporary foreign workers.

Cape business owners and advocates are cautiously optimistic about the news of the so-called H2B visas. Many did not get enough workers to fill jobs for the current summer season because the original visa cap was reached last spring. There are a few potential hiccups—one is that employers must prove their business faces “irreparable harm” if they cannot hire more workers. 

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Cape officials have been installing a new sign to warn beach goers of another potential way to get hurt on the beach—a sting from a Portuguese man-of-war. There have been several sightings of the unusual, jelly fish-like creature on Cape beaches this summer. Most recently, one washed up on the beach at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.

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There's been a big shakeup inside the State House as lawmakers wind down their activity before breaking for the summer. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update on what's keeping the legislature and the governor busy. 

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The Woods Hole Science Aquarium announced today the death of its second seal in ten days. The two seals had been with the aquarium since 2008.  

On July 3rd, the female seal known as LuSeal, who was 15, died of unknown causes. Today the Aquarium says the companion seal in the tank, named Bumper, has also died. No tests results have been received yet on Lucille’s death.

Bumper showed signs of falling ill on Monday morning, said Teri Frady of the NOAA Fisheries, which operates the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Since then the staff has been providing 24-hour veterinary care.  

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced a new assistant administrator for fisheries. The fishing community, including here on the Cape, largely applauded the nomination of Chris Oliver, who comes from the Alaska fishery.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Fisherman's Alliance CEO John Papalardo to learn more about the appointment. 

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The median price for a single family home on the Cape is well over $400,000. That hefty price tag makes it hard for many middle- and low-income families to afford good quality housing.

To help ease the housing crisis, dozens of walkers take to the streets each summer to raise money and awareness for affordable housing issues.

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