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State lawmakers worked late into the night Thursday, trying to meet a deadline for the state's next fiscal year budget, and to find a compromise on a re-worked marijuana retail sales law. WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan was there, keeping tabs on the House and Senate. He talks with WCAI's Kathryn Eident about what happened.  

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The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority announced new initiatives with local Councils on Aging this month to help senior citizens get around the region.

CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir says the new programs were inspired in part because Barnstable's senior population will grow to more than 40 percent of the county by 2030. Kathryn Eident talked with Cahir to learn more about what his agency is doing about to help the Cape's senior citizens.

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Ticks are on the rise throughout New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme disease and other illnesses associated with tick bites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease nationwide each year, but some officials say that due to underreporting, the number of actual cases could be much higher.

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The 2018  ballot will ask Massachusetts voters to raise the tax on the state's wealthiest residents to fund education initiatives and transportation projects.

WCAI’s State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Morning Edition co-host Kathryn Eident to talk about the so-called “millionaire's tax" and other happenings on Beacon Hill. 

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Large seabirds typically found off the coast of Quebec have been washing up on Cape Cod beaches during the past few months. They’re gannets; and they’re arriving at local wildlife centers in critical condition, or already dead.

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On an early December morning in 2016 the daily routine for a commercial fishing vessel was upended for one New Bedford crew by an unusual catch. What they found would spark an investigation by the state police and cause two very old traditions to collide. 

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Each week, Kathryn Eident checks in with WCAI State House reporter, Mike Deehan, to hear what's happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about a series of bills banning everything from using a cell phone while driving, to selling helium balloons.

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The state Department of Agricultural Resources approved plans by the utility, Eversource, last week to spray herbicides along power lines in more than a dozen Cape and Vineyard towns.

Local officials and residents have long opposed the idea, saying the chemicals could contaminate the water supply. Truro State Senator Julian Cyr filed two bills on Beacon Hill to give towns more say in the state approval process. Kathryn Eident talked with Cyr to learn more about the pending legislation.

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Democrats gather in Worcester Saturday for their annual state party convention.  Kathryn Eident talks with WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan about that, and other political happenings on Beacon Hill. 

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Outdoor enthusiasts need to be especially vigilant about ticks in the spring and summer—that's when the arachnids are in their nymph stage and certain species can transmit diseases such as Lyme and Babesiosis.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident went to Dennis Pond in Yarmouth with county entomologist Larry Dapsis to talk more about the tick life cycle and ways to prevent tick bites from deer and lone star ticks.

  

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Trees are in full bloom across the region.  But if you take a closer look—especially at oak trees—you'll see little holes eaten through many of the leaves.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with county entomologist Larry Dapsis about the return of the gypsy moth and how bad the defoliation might be this year.  

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Earlier this month residents in Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard, drew battle lines and took sides as they prepared to vote on a ballot initiative that would allow restaurants to serve liquor for the first time since prohibition.

Some residents believe this would change the town for the worse, while others think it could help Tisbury’s economy. 

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The end of Spring means a busy time on Beacon Hill, as lawmakers begin to finalize the state budget and bring some bills to the floor for votes.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan to go over some of the happenings in the capital. 

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A newly-formed nuclear decommissioning advisory panel will meet for the first time Wednesday with owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. 

Legislation creating the panel was signed into law last summer by Governor Charlie Baker. Provincetown State Representative Sarah Peake helped push the bill through. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with her about her vision for what the panel can accomplish. 

The meeting is at Plymouth South High School Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6 p.m.

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The State legislature is moving closer to agreeing on a budget for next fiscal year, but they'll have to deal with unstable tax revenue receipts as they figure out how to spend taxpayers' $40 billion.

Kathryn Eident talked with WCAI's State House reporter Mike Deehan, who's been been keeping an eye on Beacon Hill, to learn more.

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