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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

05/26/2016 12:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced that through a partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, six career and technical schools will be able to offer training to prepare students for careers in marine industries. "We are committed to helping our students build the...
05/24/2016 13:30 EDT
Deborah Parente lost her son, Peter, to a drug overdose in 2015. Read her powerful story below. Parente writes, "Opioid addiction and overdose can enter any home. I know, because it entered mine... As a mother who has lost a child to overdose, I found it heartening that Gov. Gina Raimondo...
05/19/2016 14:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on the announcement of the state's latest economic data. "Today's jobs and unemployment report reflects both the progress our state has made and the lingering challenges we have to confront to ensure that...
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Department of Revenue

05/19/2016 12:45 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for February 2016 today. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the...
05/19/2016 11:00 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2016 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for February 2016. The Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the state's local 1.0...
05/18/2016 09:45 EDT
(Providence, RI), The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for January 2016 today. The State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Allocation Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the state's 5.0 percent hotel...
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Lt. Governor's Office

05/25/2016 10:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was joined today by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, and other state officials for the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the...
05/09/2016 15:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee, municipal leaders, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, and municipal police, fire and rescue personnel today called on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would enable cities and towns to establish Regional Emergency Communication...
05/05/2016 16:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee, municipal leaders, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, and public safety personnel will hold a news conference on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. to call on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would enable cities and towns to...

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Department of Health

05/27/2016 15:00 EDT
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) approved Care New England's proposal to transfer obstetrics services from Memorial Hospital to Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital in a decision that includes conditions aimed at ensuring access to care for patients and communities...
05/26/2016 15:00 EDT
On May 25th, an estimated 900 high school students, their teachers, and community partners gathered at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus to attend the eighth annual Dare to Dream Student Leadership Conference sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). They were...
05/26/2016 14:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) want to remind people of the dangers posed by mosquitoes this time of year and reinforce the importance of personal protection in preventing mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carry many...

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Department of Transportation

05/26/2016 14:30 EDT
In an effort to make it easier for families to visit the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for the first time is offering free train service to the show – one of the most popular and most attended events of Rhode Island's...
05/19/2016 13:15 EDT
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joined with Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr. today to tour the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge project in Providence and to view one example of the many deficient bridges which RIDOT is going to...
05/17/2016 10:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that as it is closing the books on the 2015-16 winter season, it is seeing a sharp reduction in the number of potholes thanks in large part to its decision to deploy automated pothole patching machines. Dubbed the "Pothole...

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Office of the Attorney General

05/27/2016 13:00 EDT
Office will remain open during road construction The Rhode Island Office of Attorney General is alerting the public that starting on Tuesday, May 31st, road work and sidewalk repairs will begin in front of the Attorney General's offices, located at 150 and 180 South Main Street, Providence....
05/27/2016 12:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Juan Silva, age 37, of Woonsocket, pleaded nolo contendere today before Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers to one count of first degree sexual assault, one count of second degree child molestation, and one count of second degree child abuse.
05/27/2016 10:45 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Christopher James (age 49), with a last known address of 207 Rhodes Street, Providence, received a life sentence today for the February 27, 2013 murder of his ex-wife, 46-year-old Terry Chiodo. James was found guilty of first degree murder by a...

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Office of the Secretary of State

05/26/2016 17:30 EDT
"Today, the Rhode Island Senate voted 36-0 to approve the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act (S.2361 Substitute A). When I first entered office, I identified the need for a comprehensive reform of the state's lobbying laws. This legislation is the result of our efforts to clarify, streamline and...
05/24/2016 16:45 EDT
"Today, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 68-0 to approve the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act (H.7388 Substitute A). This legislation will provide for a comprehensive reform of our state's lobbying laws. I thank House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, the bill's sponsors, Representatives...
05/19/2016 10:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI– Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today launched an online tool to help Rhode Islanders access open government information filed with the Department of State. The Open Government Interactive is Rhode Island's first interactive data visualization and focuses on data filed in the...

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Office of the General Treasurer

05/25/2016 17:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today renewed his call to reform the state's tax credit programs by eliminating the role of politically connected brokers in tax credit deals. "Brokers and private investors are not necessary for Rhode Island's tax credit programs to work,"...
05/23/2016 13:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- General Treasurer Seth Magaziner was the keynote speaker today at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)'s Energy Efficiency Finance Forum -- an annual conference dedicated to catalyzing investment in energy efficiency. "Increasing energy efficiency is...
05/23/2016 13:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- Rhode Island government's annual State Employee Charitable Appeal (SECA) campaign raised $431,887 in 2015, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced today. More than 1,600 employees from across State government participated in last year's charitable campaign, raising funds to...

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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...
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...

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State Council on the Arts

05/13/2016 09:00 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled MEMORY'S LANDSCAPE, will be held from May 13 through September 1, 2016 at GREEN SPACE, a gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists....
05/10/2016 15:15 EDT
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced that ten Rhode Island organizations, including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will receive $1,084,500 in federal grants through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These grants will support activities in communities throughout...
02/25/2016 11:00 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, VSA arts Rhode Island, and the RI Teaching Artists Center will hold the11th Annual State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest for high school students, on Sunday, March 13, 2016, 1 p.m. at The Metcalf Auditorium of RISD...

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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,...

Economic Recovery Web site

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

02/08/2016 12:45 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – February 5, 2016 The Rhode Island Department of Corrections will resume the selection process for Correctional Officer Trainees that began in October 2013. Within the next few weeks those who took the entrance exams in 2013 will receive letters providing them with their exam...
12/08/2015 10:45 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – December 8, 2015 – Effective December 14, 2015 Jhomphy Ventura will assume his role as the new Chief of Information and Public Relations for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Jhomphy has years of experience in communications and public relations having worked in both...
10/07/2015 21:45 EDT
CRANSTON, R.I. – October 2, 2015 On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) held its first ever health fair for incarcerated men. The fair, a collaboration between the RIDOC Health Care Services Unit, the John J. Moran Medium Security facility, the Damiano...

Department of Corrections Web site

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