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Office of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment

08/24/2010 11:00 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 11:30 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 13:45 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 Lincoln D. Chafee

12/16/2014 18:15 EST
Providence, RI—Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Service Steven M. Costantino and Lt. Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts announced today that Rhode Island has been selected for a $20 million Model Test Award under the second round of the Centers for...
12/16/2014 16:30 EST
Providence, R.I. – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today three appointments and one re-appointment to the Board of Directors for The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. The three new members are Jerauld Adams, owner of North American Industries Inc. in Central Falls; Myrth York, a philanthropist, and
12/15/2014 10:45 EST
East Providence, RI—Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today joined members of the Educator Autonomy Working Group at the Orlo Avenue School in East Providence to receive their final report. Working group co-chairs Yanaiza Gallant, Principal of the Orlo Avenue School, and Patricia Page, 2014 Rhode Island...
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Department of Revenue

11/09/2010 16:30 EST
Mark Pfeiffer, retired Associate Justice of the RI Superior Court and the state-appointed receiver for the City of Central Falls, will appoint a three-member State Receiver's Council, effective November 12, 2010, to serve in the capacity of the Central Falls City Council. The decision to establish
08/30/2010 14:15 EDT
The Office of the Receiver for the City of Central Falls and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 94 Local 1627, representing 42 municipal employees, have agreed to changes in the collective bargaining agreement, achieving $159,000 in cost savings for...
08/06/2010 08:45 EDT
A reminder to the media and the public of the many upcoming changes at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), as the agency gets set to move its headquarters to a new location in Cranston. DMV will permanently close the Rhode Island Mall branch location, with the last day of operations scheduled...
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Lt. Governor's Office

10/28/2014 11:30 EDT
12TH ANNUAL "OPERATION HOLIDAY CHEER" KICK-OFF Lt. Gov. Roberts, Mayor Avedisian, General Petrarca Launch Care Package Initiative For RI Troops Abroad PROVIDENCE- Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts today launched Operation Holiday Cheer 2014, joined by Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian,...
07/17/2014 11:45 EDT
Thursday, July 17, 2014 PROVIDENCE—Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Hittner on premium increases requested by the state's insurers: "I want to thank Dr. Kathleen...
06/06/2014 10:00 EDT
Thursday, June 5, 2014 PROVIDENCE—Lt. Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts received an award for her leadership on behalf of the LGBTQ community from Youth Pride Inc. at the State House yesterday. The group sponsored a day-long "Celebration of Inspiration" for YPI youth members, staff, board of...

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Department of Health

12/19/2014 14:30 EST
1. Wash hands. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. 2. Use different cutting boards for different foods. Consider using separate cutting boards for ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce, bread, and cooked foods versus raw meats,...
12/16/2014 14:30 EST
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that the 2015 Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program application cycle is open through February 13, 2015. The program offers health education loan repayments to eligible health professionals who serve in a...
12/15/2014 15:30 EST
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the latest numbers on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2014, there have been 212 apparent accidental drug overdose...

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Department of Transportation

12/17/2014 15:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of overnight closures for a portion of Route 146 South in Providence, as well as a closure for I-95 South's Exit 22 (Downtown Providence/Routes 6 & 10), for the construction and installation of large overhead highway
12/17/2014 10:30 EST
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Michael Lewis, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, today released a new publication, "Rhode Island Highways-Best Practices Design Guide," which establishes new beautification standards for design and management of infrastructure and buffer areas.
12/10/2014 09:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is taking advantage of a break in the weather to accelerate the repair work on a portion of Railroad Street in Lincoln. The closure of the road, between Division Street and Winter Street, is expected to be in place by 10 a.m. today. The...

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Office of the Attorney General

12/19/2014 15:15 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez (age 24), with a last known address of 645 Douglas Avenue, Providence, to 50 years with 30 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation for his role in the June...
12/17/2014 11:15 EST
To educate and inform newly-elected and appointed officials about the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA), Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin will once again lead an "Open Government 101" summit. The "101" summit will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the
12/15/2014 15:30 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Louis Pina, age 21, of Providence, pled guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to the December 4, 2013 murder of 16-year-old Eric Cuesta. Under the terms of the plea agreement, with was reached with the approval of the victim'...

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Office of the Secretary of State

12/18/2014 11:45 EST
Mollis' action brings Hearing Process to a close with "statutory maximum fine permitted in this matter" Providence, RI – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, today, sent a letter to Hearing Officer (Attorney) Louis DeSimone adopting Mr. DeSimone's findings that Mr. Thomas Zaccagnino "did conduct...
11/25/2014 10:15 EST
Providence, RI -- Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will light the 2014 State House Christmas tree on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the State House rotunda. The 15' Fraser Fir was donated by Sarah Partyka of The Farmer's Daughter...
11/12/2014 08:45 EST
Science Developed by the National Institute of Standards & Technology To Preserve Colonial Charter of 1663 Well Into the Future. PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Lincoln D. Chafee together with Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis announced that the process has begun to provide for a

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Office of the General Treasurer

12/19/2014 09:45 EST
Some municipal pension plans to receive cost-of-living adjustment PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island Board today voted to approve the fiscal year 2014 valuations for state employees, including state police and judges, teachers and the Municipal Employees'...
12/12/2014 12:30 EST
Enhancements to CollegeBoundbabysm partnership with RIHEAA Will Offer Universal Children's Savings Accounts at Birth, Becoming 1 of 3 States Leading Statewide Initiatives Providence, R.I. (December 10, 2014) - Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo, in partnership with the Rhode Island Higher Education...
11/06/2014 15:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - General Treasurer /Governor-elect Gina M. Raimondo today announced that Rhode Island has sold $49,495,000 Certificates of Participation (COPs) issue. The funds will be used for energy conservation projects at Rhode Island College and the Pastore Complex in Cranston and for the...

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Department of Business Regulation

04/29/2011 03:30 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 – (April 27, 2011) – In a decision that...
07/27/2010 08:45 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...
06/15/2009 23:00 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

11/24/2014 10:00 EST
The holiday season is upon us, and the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians will be showcased as part of a month-long musical celebration of the holidays during the month of December. "We're pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island...
10/31/2014 09:30 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that artists have been selected for the 2015 exhibitions at the Block Island Airport Gallery on Block Island and GREEN SPACE at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. The Block Island Airport Gallery will present works by Ben Wohlberg,...
07/22/2014 08:00 EDT
Thousands of artists will be employed in the coming year in projects supported by grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, according to an announcement released by the State Arts Council today about its first round of grant awards for the 2014-2015 season. These grants, funded...

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Economic Recovery

08/24/2010 11:00 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 11:30 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 13:45 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 15:30 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 15:30 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 14:15 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

12/09/2014 10:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – September 3, 2014 – 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 10:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – November 25, 2014 – 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
12/09/2014 10:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – October 10, 2014 – Effective October 12, 2014 Barry Weiner will be the new Assistant Director for Rehabilitative Services for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Barry has been serving in this capacity on an acting basis since 7/21/14 when it became apparent that the...

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