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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.

Elisabeth Harrison

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.


Piping Plovers Could Be Harder To Find This Summer

Jan 5, 2017
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Bird lovers may see a lot less of the Piping Plover on beaches in Rhode Island and around New England this summer. The little black-and-white shorebirds’ winter habitat in the Bahamas was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last year, and that may have taken a heavy toll on the birds.

Piping Plovers were already considered threatened in Connecticut -- they’ve been hurt by shoreline development and careless beachgoers. But their winter vacation spot in the Bahamas has no human development, just thousands of other piping plovers from all over North America.

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Nursing facilities are implementing new regulations designed to give patients more control over their care. It's the first time the regulations have been updated in decades.

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Matt Jerzyk, a familiar presence at the Statehouse, started in a new role Wednesday as chief legal counsel for House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi, RIPR has learned.

Jerzyk came to Smith Hill as deputy legal counsel for Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in November 2014, with a salary of $99,072. He is also the part-time city solicitor for Central Falls.

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The number of deaths from heroin and other opioids continues to rise in New England. That's according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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Rhode Island Public Radio has inked a deal to acquire the radio station of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The purchase will increase the potential audience for the only public radio station based in Rhode Island.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

One day after the start of Rhode Island's new General Assembly session, a group of lawmakers, religious leaders and advocates for the poor planned to demonstrate at the Statehouse. The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty organizes the annual event to encourage lawmakers to take up issues affecting low-income Rhode Islanders.

Though largely ceremonial, the event is usually attended by high-ranking lawmakers, including the Governor.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello doubled down Tuesday on his pledge to begin a phaseout in 2017 of the state's unpopular car tax. 

Elisabeth Harrison

In Central Falls, prison officials at the Wyatt Detention Center said Wednesday they are conducting a "top to bottom" investigation into the escape of prisoner James Morales over the weekend. 

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Woonsocket officials say they will carefully consider a proposal from a power plant company to buy water from municipal supplies. The city will also consider the concerns of residents.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Carnival

Jan 3, 2017

Youthful frolic.  Remember those days, filled with all manner of excursions on the wild side, curiosity-driven cavorting, and adolescent drama?  For sure, these sorts of endeavors often amount to nothing more than spontaneous delights, perhaps with a little hedonism in there for good measure.  But as we hear from Frederick Massie, on occasion these moments are filled with profound, sometimes deeply disquieting lessons.
 

Frederick Massie is the Rhode Island Bar Association's Director of Communications and Editor of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. A graduate of Brown University, his wide-ranging experience includes work as an educator, writer and advocate.

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