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Alecia Orsini, WCAI

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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One week into the new budget year, and the House and Senate finally have a compromise spending plan. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about the $40-billion-dollar budget.

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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.

Burial at Sea Not Always a Final Resting Place

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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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