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The Town Council of Charlestown has called a special meeting Tuesday. Residents are hoping to find out more about a federal proposal to expand railroads running through their rural town.

What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Jan. 10, 2017:

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Governor Gina Raimondo may announce some changes in leadership in the state’s office of health and human services this week. The Governor is frustrated with ongoing problems with the state’s new online benefits system, UHIP.

Welcome to my first TGIF column of 2017, and thanks for stopping by. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to get rid of the car tax. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this is a good idea, if lawmakers can find the money to pay for it.

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James Morales, the man who escaped a Central Falls detention facility on New Year’s Eve, appeared in court Friday for the first time since his capture outside of Boston Thursday. Morales was ordered to stay in federal custody.

A cold Sunday night and a chilly Monday morning followed the first major snowstorm of 2017. Providence hit the single digits Monday morning, and Taunton, Massachusetts fell to -10 in the early morning hours, according to the National Weather Service.

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A Massachusetts man who climbed through razor wire to escape a detention center in Central Falls last weekend is back in custody.

James Morales has ties to Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts where authorities had concentrated their search and where he was eventually captured late Thursday. 

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Three correctional officers and one supervisor from the Wyatt Detention Facility are now on paid leave following the escape of prisoner James Morales. The private prison is conducting an investigation into the New Year’s Eve incident.

State Rep. Chris Blazejewski joins Bonus Q&A to discuss House-Senate relations, education funding, whether undocumented immigrants should get driver's licenses, and other issues.

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Massachusetts State Police said Thursday afternoon they had captured James Morales, the prisoner who escaped from the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls on New Year's Eve. He was found in Somerville, where a uniformed trooper arrested him, according to Massachusetts State Police, who posted the news on Twitter.

Authorities have released images from an attempted bank robbery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, saying the suspect resembles escaped Rhode Island detainee James Morales. Morales has been missing from the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls since Saturday evening.

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Rhode Island Public Radio has made a $1.5 million deal to acquire the radio station at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The purchase will double the potential reach of the station, but it will also push WUMD, a student and community radio station, onto the Internet.


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