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WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan each week about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they talk about the state's new Cannabis Control Commission chairman, and hear what Governor Charlie Baker had to say when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington D.C.

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Our attention these past few days has begun to focus on Hurricane Irma and its impacts, but hundreds of volunteers are still working in Texas to help victims from Hurricane Harvey.

Retired Reverend Fred Meade is one of those volunteers. The Falmouth resident been in San Antonio for more than 10 days, working as a spiritual care leader for people still in Red Cross shelters. WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with him by phone to hear how things are going.

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The Trump Administration is considering cutting foreign worker programs as it seeks to carry out the President's executive order to "Buy American, Hire American." The possible cuts include a program allowing foreign students to work in the U.S.  Some local officials say the program is vital to the Cape's economy.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Northcross to learn more about the J-1 visa program.

 

Things look like they are about to heat up in the State Legislature, as Lawmakers prepare for the second half of their two-year session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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In a political climate where federal immigration policy calls for tougher vetting and a wall on the border with Mexico, many immigrants who live on the Cape and Islands fear pursuing a path to citizenship. The Hyannis-based Immigration Resource Center is trying to help.  

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Former Coast Guard officer Adrian Loya  is accused of fatally shooting fellow Coast Guard officer Lisa Trubnikova, and injuring her wife and a Bourne police officer, in 2015.

WCAI's Patrick Flanary is covering the trial from Barnstable Superior Court. He speaks with Steve Junker on developments from the first day.

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Several volunteers from the Cape are among scores of Red Cross volunteers who are traveling to Texas this week to help residents stranded by the weekend storm and flooding. They come from Bourne, Falmouth and Chatham.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape and Islands' Red Cross chapter director Hilary Greene about how they're getting there, what they'll be doing, and how long they might be in Texas.

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Thousands of counter-protesters are expected in Boston Common Saturday to protest a so-called Free Speech Rally.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what is being planned, and how police are responding.

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The Legislature is on their August recess and Gov. Charlie Baker has been taking a little time off this week, but that didn't stop electoral politics from creating buzz on Beacon Hill. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update. 

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Invasive species are not new to the region. Here on the Cape, just look around at the trees and you'll see evidence of the gypsy moth, an invasive species from Europe that gorged on leaves earlier this summer.

Barnstable County entomologist Larry Dapsis is keeping an eye on that, and the latest pest that may have come to Cape Cod to stay: The brown marmorated stink bug. This insect is native to Asia and is known for damaging both vegetable and fruit crops in the U.S. 

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Beacon Hill lawmakers are home in their districts for the slow month of August, but activists and special interest groups are staking their claims for what they want Massachusetts citizens to vote on next fall at the ballot box. 

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what voters can expect next year.

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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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