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Kelp farming is on the rise around the Cape and Islands, as more growers are finding reasons to love this ocean crop. From researchers like Scott Lindell at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who want to farm the crop for biofuel, to shellfishermen in Chatham who want to sell it to food markets, the past two years have seen an increase in permits and requests for permits for kelp fishing. 

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New Bedford has some of the highest rates of opioid overdose-related deaths in the state, and as the toll continues to rise, the New Bedford police department is considering some new approaches.

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Sergeant Sean Gannon's police dog Nero is recovering from his injuries and is on the mend. Gannon was fatally shot and his Belgian Malinois injured in the neck and shoulder while delivering a warrant last month. Nero has undergone surgery to repair a torn esophagus, and a bullet still remains lodged under his shoulder. Despite this, he visited the Yarmouth Police Department and appeared energetic and alert. 

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Rabies vaccination for raccoons has begun on the Cape. It's part of a bi-annual effort run by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Cape Cod Rabies Taskforce to keep rabies in check. 

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We've all been told how important it is to invest in the future, and there's a whole industry dedicated to retirement planning. But not all financial advisors are created equal, despite attempts to implement a proposed rule that would require anyone who gives retirement investment advice to sign an oath saying they're working in the customer's best interest. A court recently struck down the proposed so-called fiduciary rule, leaving many confused in its wake.

Beacon Hill investigators have found that former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg failed to protect the senate from Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, who now faces sexual assault and other charges.  

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the report, and possible punishment for Rosenberg.   

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Oyster farming has become a popular local industry—so much so, that Cape Cod may be running out of space for more, as wait lists are growing in many towns.

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The offshore wind company Vineyard Wind held an open forum with the public to hear concerns and questions about their proposed 800-megawatt turbine facility. The company is looking to place over a hundred turbines in federal waters about 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. At a meeting in Hyannis, members of the public were invited to voice any issues they might have around the new project. 

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Thousands of police officers from across the state attended the wake and funeral for slain police officer Sean Gannon. Gannon was killed while serving a warrant in Marstons Mills. Both the wake and funeral were held at St. Pius X Church in Yarmouth, where officers marched in formation outside on Station Avenue, and the Boston police department played bagpipes.

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A Yarmouth police officer was shot and killed while issuing a probation warrant to a suspect in Marstons Mills on Thursday. Sean Gannon, 32, was clearing the suspect's attic with his police dog when he was shot in the head, and his canine injured. The suspect, Thomas Latanowich, has been taken into custody. 

At Latanowich's arraignment on Friday afternoon, more than one hundred police officers gathered in the courtroom as he was charged. Latanowich was silent as the charges were read. His trial date is set for June 26. 

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Cape Cod’s first medical marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open in Mashpee in the next few days, five years after voters legalized medical marijuana in Massachusetts. The company behind the dispensary is “Triple M,” which operates an existing dispensary and cultivation center in Plymouth. WCAI’s Sarah Tan visited the Plymouth site to get an idea of what’s to come.

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In the past few weeks, the Steamship Authority has struggled to maintain ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard. Its two large boats have suffered repeated mechanical issues, while another large ferry was undergoing a winter overhaul. A fast ferry was brought in to provide service in the meantime—and it’s gotten plenty of attention from ferry riders. 

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State House lawmakers passed a bill late last month that would add a tax to short-term rentals such as those listed on Air BnB. Cape lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would let their towns add a surcharge specifically designed to help pay for the region's looming wastewater pollution crisis.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the Legislature's budget planning, their rejection of an aid in dying bill, and their upcoming work on a massive criminal justice reform bill.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) met on Tuesday evening for their annual safety assessment of the Pilgrim power plant in Plymouth. After a presentation from officials of Entergy, the company that owns the plant, the commission deemed the site improving, but still in need of its highest tier of oversight. 

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