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WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan. This week, Deehan talks about Governor Charlie Baker's testimony in support of his latest bill to combat the opioid epidemic. 

The Trump administration recently announced it was canceling Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for some 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. The program has allowed those people to live and work legally in the US. 

Work on Nantucket Sewer Line Bypass Progressing

Jan 8, 2018
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A sewer line that provides service to about 80% percent of Nantucket's homes broke late last week, forcing officials to send more than 2.5 million gallons of sewage into Nantucket Harbor. Crews worked throughout the weekend to install a bypass to reroute the sewage back to the treatment plant.

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A catastrophic sewer break on Nantucket has released more than one million gallons of sewage and stormwater into Nantucket Harbor. Roberto Santamaria, the island’s Health Director, said the winter weather is likely to blame for the rupture.

The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office will soon begin enforcing federal immigration law within the jail.

Last night, the county’s Assembly of Delegates voted in support of Sheriff James Cummings’s recent move to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. It will allow local law enforcement to assist with detaining county inmates suspected of illegal immigration.

WCAI Morning Edition Co-host Kathryn Eident talks with Statehouse Reporter Mike Deehan about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they discuss a possible new FBI probe into allegations former State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, tried to use his political influence in exchange for sex with several men.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about the fallout after several men accuse State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband of sexual assault, and a new report that's critical of the state's Department of Children and Families. 

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Deer hunting season is open across the state. On Martha's Vineyard, thanks to a unique three-way partnership, hunters aren't the only ones showing up with expectations at the island's weigh-in station. 

State lawmakers wrapped up their session Wednesday before breaking for the holidays. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what they got done, and what to look for in 2018.

The state Senate passed a sweeping health care bill late Thursday night aimed at curbing costs for the state and healthcare consumers.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about details of the bill and what happens next. 

After weeks of debate, Massachusetts legislators finally passed a supplemental budget bill to formally close out fiscal year 2017. The bill included a ban on bump stocks, the attachment that increases the firing capability of a semi-automatic weapon. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more. 

The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of a criminal justice reform bill on a vote of 27-10 early Friday morning, after 14 hours of debate. 

The legislation would, among other things, repeal mandatory minimum prison sentences for several drug-dealing crimes, legalize sex between young teens close in age and raise the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 19 which would be the highest in the nation. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with station State House reporter Mike Deehan for more details on this sweeping piece of legislation. 

  

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Another North Atlantic Right Whale has been found dead off the coast of Cape Cod. A boater found the whale carcass Monday on Nashawena Island, part of the Elizabeth Islands off Woods Hole. It's the 16th North Atlantic Right Whale to be discovered dead so far this year. 

WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Kathryn Eident for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about what lawmakers might address in the last few weeks before they recess for the year.

12 Cape Cod Towns Vote on New $128M Tech School

Oct 20, 2017
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Next Tuesday, residents in twelve Cape Cod towns will vote to either approve or deny the construction of a new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The new building in Harwich would cost $128 million, and raise property taxes for the next 30 years.

Supporters say it’s worth the investment in the Cape’s workforce, while opponents argue the cost is too high.

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