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Office of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment

08/24/2010 12:00 EDT
The U.S. Department of Education today announced that the State of Rhode Island was one of 10 states to be selected in Phase II of Race to the Top, the competitive $4.35 billion federal program to reward and encourage innovative states that are making significant progress with their education...
08/16/2010 12:30 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin will join RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and other Federal, State and local officials to break ground on the Wickford Junction Train Station. The event, featuring Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter...
08/03/2010 14:45 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri and the Office of Energy Resources today announced that National Grid has been awarded a $2.3 million Recovery Act grant to offer consumer incentives for residents who heat their homes with propane and oil to make energy efficiency improvements. Under this program,...
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Governor Gina Raimondo

04/16/2015 16:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on the announcement of the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate. "While I'm pleased that the state's unemployment rate decreased and we created some jobs, our state's economy - and too many Rhode Island
04/16/2015 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her intent to nominate Stephanie Ogidan Preston and Princess Bomba to serve on the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA). Raimondo will submit their names for consideration to the Rhode Island State Senate for confirmation.
04/15/2015 17:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor today released the following statements regarding the proposal to build a minor league baseball stadium in Providence. "The PawSox are an important institution in Rhode Island and our goal is to keep them in the...
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Department of Revenue

04/03/2015 10:30 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The...
03/31/2015 13:45 EDT
ORA released its reports of FY 2015 local 1% hotel tax collection and meal and beverage tax collection for January 2015. These reports compare local collections of both taxes by community on a month-to-month, year-over-year, and fiscal year-to-date over fiscal year-to-date basis. The report notes
03/30/2015 12:15 EDT
ORA released the FY 2015 Monthly and YTD Cash Collections Report for February 2015. This report compares cash collections on a monthly and fiscal year-to-date basis in FY 2015 to cash collections on the same bases in FY 2014. This report is a complement to the monthly Revenue Assessment Report.
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Lt. Governor's Office

04/14/2015 14:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today the two have intervened in National Grid's Energy Procurement case now pending before the Public Utilities Commission to request the termination of the "billing adjustment" practice that has left
04/10/2015 15:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and the co-chairmen of the Joint Municipal Shared Services Study Commission have announced legislation that takes another step toward the goal of helping cities and towns address growing costs through the sharing of services. While there are...
03/20/2015 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was invited to the White House Thursday for a meeting with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which oversees the Obama Administration's engagement with state and local officials around the country. The meeting was hosted by Jerry Abramson,...

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Department of Health

04/13/2015 12:15 EDT
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers and caregivers not to use Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd.'s "Bo Ying compound" because of the possible lead poisoning risk associated with the product. This reminder comes after the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found...
04/09/2015 16:30 EDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE â April 9, 2015 â PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health has been notified that Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited...
03/26/2015 16:00 EDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE â March 26, 2015 â PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health has been notified that Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which...

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Department of Transportation

04/15/2015 13:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in partnership with the City of Newport, announced today that work is beginning this week on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project, a $5.8 million contract with Cardi Corporation to resurface the roadway and upgrade pedestrian facilities.
04/14/2015 15:30 EDT
In an effort to better serve commuters across the state, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced today that construction has begun to rehabilitate 11 Park & Ride lots throughout Rhode Island. Through a $906,331...
04/01/2015 18:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation - in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Rhode Island State Police, and the City of Providence - will host a road assessment this week in Olneyville to evaluate...

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Office of the Attorney General

04/17/2015 14:00 EDT
The Rhode Island State Senate passed legislation that prohibits so-called "patent trolls" in Rhode Island. The legislation (S0596), filed on behalf of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin by Senate Minority Leader Dennis Algiere (R, District 38 â Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown), would...
04/16/2015 15:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Robert Bethea (age 46) with a last known address of 790 Providence Street, West Warwick, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl to the murder of his estranged wife Shelina Moreino on Mother's Day 2014. Under the terms...
04/15/2015 15:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office had reached a settlement agreement with the State Properties Committee for violations of the Open Meeting Act for failure to post the minutes of several meetings as prescribed by RIGL §§ 42-46-7(d). Under the terms of the...

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Office of the Secretary of State

04/17/2015 16:15 EDT
The Rhode Island General Assembly's compliance with the Open Meetings Act saw an overall improvement from 93% in 2013 to 94% in 2014. Compliance by the House was 91% in 2014. Compliance by the Senate was 97% in 2014. The overall compliance rate covered a total of 522 legislative meetings. "It...
04/14/2015 15:00 EDT
Providence, RI - At a State House news conference today, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea unveiled the Department of State's Voting and Elections Modernization Act of 2015 (VEMA). The legislation will allow Rhode Islanders to register online to vote, improve the integrity of our voter rolls, allow
Apr 14, 2015
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will announce legislation aimed at modernizing voting and elections in Rhode Island during a press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 2:30 PM at the Rhode Island State House. Secretary Gorbea will be joined at the press conference...

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Office of the General Treasurer

04/03/2015 22:00 EDT
April 6th event highlights National Financial Literacy Month PROVIDENCE, RI â General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, the R.I. Congressional delegation and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, in partnership with AARP Rhode Island and the Senior Agenda Coalition of...
03/25/2015 18:45 EDT
Today, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner was selected as one of the nineteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives. Governor Jack Markell of...
03/18/2015 09:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today outlined their plan for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), an initiative that will put Rhode Islanders back to work, improve energy efficiency and make the state more economically competitive. The proposal...

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Department of Business Regulation

04/29/2011 04:30 EDT
Contact: Joe Torti Office: 401-462-9620 jtorti@dbr.ri.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2011 Decision Affirming Constitutionality of Rhode Island's Solvent Insurer's Commutation Plan Makes State Attractive to Insurers in Run-Off New York/Providence â (April 27, 2011) â In a decision that...
07/27/2010 09:45 EDT
On July 21, 2010, GTE REinsurance Company Limited ("GTE RE"), a solvent reinsurer based in Providence, R.I., appeared before the Providence County Superior Court at a hearing to obtain approval to put an unprecedented Commutation Plan before the reinsurer's creditors so they may vote for its...
06/16/2009 00:00 EDT
Press Release June 15, 2009 LOAN MODIFICATIONS The Division of Banking ("Division") of the Department of Business Regulation finds that a position statement regarding loan modifications is necessary in order to provide clarity to the industry and to consumers. The Division has learned of...

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State Council on the Arts

03/19/2015 17:15 EDT
Portsmouth Abbey Student Wins State Arts Council's 'Poetry Out Loud' Rhode Island State Final Winner Goes On To National Competition in DC in April Portsmouth Abbey School student Zoe Butler is this year's Rhode Island winner of the Poetry Out Loud state championship, held Sunday, March 15 at
03/03/2015 12:00 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and VSA arts of Rhode Island will hold the 10th Annual State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest for high school students, on Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1 p.m. at The Metcalf Auditorium of RISD Museum of Art's Chace Center....
01/26/2015 09:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that two new art exhibitions are opening at the state's airports. The Block Island Airport Gallery will present works by Aleksandar Baba-Vulic from January 22 through May 28, 2015, while GREEN SPACE at T.F. Green Airport will...

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Economic Recovery

08/24/2010 12:00 EDT
The U.S. Department of Education today announced that the State of Rhode Island was one of 10 states to be selected in Phase II of Race to the Top, the competitive $4.35 billion federal program to reward and encourage innovative states that are making significant progress with their education...
08/16/2010 12:30 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin will join RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and other Federal, State and local officials to break ground on the Wickford Junction Train Station. The event, featuring Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter...
08/03/2010 14:45 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri and the Office of Energy Resources today announced that National Grid has been awarded a $2.3 million Recovery Act grant to offer consumer incentives for residents who heat their homes with propane and oil to make energy efficiency improvements. Under this program,...

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Executive Office of Health & Human Services

10/16/2012 16:30 EDT
To introduce and help prepare the insurance industry and attorneys for the launch of the Medical Assistance Intercept System (MAIS), the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will be hosting five (5) informational webinars in October. Insurance companies conducting...
04/10/2012 16:30 EDT
Joined by officials of Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center (Pawtuxet Village), Steven M. Costantino, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Department of Health (HEALTH), today announced that Pawtuxet Village is...
03/28/2012 15:15 EDT
In a letter to Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center's legal counsel at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), expressed ongoing concerns regarding clinical care issues at Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center.

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Department of Corrections

02/20/2015 15:15 EST
CRANSTON â February 19, 2015 - On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Prison PUP Partnership Program at the John J. Moran Medium Security...
12/09/2014 11:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â September 3, 2014 â On Tuesday, August 12th, Corrections Director Ashbel T. Wall, II will presented Taylor Campbell with a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship Award on behalf of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA. The annual award is available to children of...
12/09/2014 11:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â November 25, 2014 â Effective Monday, November 17, 2014 Cory Cloud became the new Departmental Grievance Coordinator for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC). As Grievance Coordinator Cory will be responsible for the coordination of inmate grievances in the RIDOC; to

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