This week on NEXT:
Two mayors face corruption charges and not all voters seem to care.
We’ll hear why a vaccine for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is not widely available.
Plus, as the Gulf of Maine warms and cold-water species travel north, fishermen who adapt will thrive.
The Indicted Fall River Mayor Who Refuses To Quit
Municipal corruption is nothing new for New England cities and towns. Connecticut and Rhode Island, in particular, have had their fair share of mayors who have faced corruption charges and even spent time in prison.
But the recent corruption scandal in Fall River, Massachusetts, takes it to the next level. Earlier this month Mayor Jasiel Correia was charged with bribery and fraud – among a slew of other crimes. The 27-year-old mayor allegedly extorted marijuana vendors for cash.
City Council has tried to kick him out of office, but Correia has refused. On September 17, two weeks after his arrest, Correia ran in the already-scheduled preliminary election. He came in second after school committee member, Paul Coogan, making it on the general election ballot in November.
Ban On Vaping Products Frustrates Mass. Businesses
As public health officials investigate a potentially fatal illness linked to vaping, some states made the move to ban some – or all – e-cigarettes. New York and Rhode Island banned the sale of flavored vaping products aimed at teens – because as Governor Andrew Cuomo says, states have to do something.
“The vaping issue is real, and it’s frightening. You have hundreds of people across the country who have gotten ill,” says Cuomo.
But none of the states go as far as Massachusetts, which has prohibited the sale of all e-cigarettes and vaping devices for at least the next four months. That includes marijuana products, which are otherwise legal in the state. Retailers are not happy they’re being put out of business with no prior warning.
A Warming Maine Ocean Will Require Fishermen To Adapt
In 30 years, the Gulf of Maine will be transformed by climate change. Waters are predicted to warm up and the species that flourish in the future will be those that can adapt.
The same might be said for people who make their living from the sea.
A Climate Migrant Flees Texas Heat And Hurricanes For Maine
As the effects of climate change become more and more real, some people are leaving their homes for safer, less volatile ground. Alexander Parsons, writer and professor at the University of Houston is one of those climate migrants.
Until recently, he lived in Houston with his wife and kids, but when Hurricane Harvey hit, they started to talk about leaving. This July, Parsons and his family packed up and moved to Maine.
Also in this week’s show:
- There Is An EEE Vaccine For Humans. You Just Can’t Get It.
- The Elusive Origin of Vermont’s Hi-Lo Biddy Road.
NEXT is produced at Connecticut Public Radio
Host: John Dankosky
Producer: Morgan Springer
Digital Producer: Carlos Mejia
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Contributors to this episode: Lucy Soucek, John Keimel
Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “Same Town” by Chris Ross and the North, “Chasm” by Muddy Ruckus, “C’est pas de sa Faute” by Francesca Blanchard
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