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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 Gina Raimondo

02/11/2016 11:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has appointed Dr. Mary J. Archibald, Ph.D. and Anne M. Nolan to the Rhode Island Parole Board. "The Parole Board is a significant part of our criminal justice system," Raimondo said. "I am confident that Dr. Mary Archibald and Anne Nolan will work...
02/10/2016 11:00 EST
Cranston-based Small Business Receives Innovation Voucher PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, visited Agcore Technologies to highlight the importance of small businesses working alongside state universities on research and development projects
02/05/2016 14:45 EST
Crews Working to Restore Power PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo urges Rhode Islanders to take caution as heavy, wet snow continues to fall across the state. "As you prepare for the commute home, please keep in mind that our area continues to experience heavy snow and strong winds,"
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Department of Revenue

02/12/2016 10:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Business was brisk at hotels around Rhode Island in November, leading to "strong growth" in state tax revenues for the month, according to a report released today by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue. "State hotel tax revenues posted strong growth year-over-year in...
02/11/2016 14:45 EST
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2015 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for November 2015 today. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the...
02/11/2016 14:30 EST
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2015 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for November 2015. 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...
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Lt. Governor's Office

02/09/2016 09:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee issued the following statement Tuesday on the RhodeWorks road-and-bridge repair proposal: "As House and Senate committees prepare to consider RhodeWorks, I want to reiterate my support for the plan and urge lawmakers to advance it. As the Governor...
01/28/2016 11:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee issued the following statement Thursday on the death of Buddy Cianci: "I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor Buddy Cianci, who for so long has been a fixture in Providence, a city he truly loved. The Mayor lifted Providence up in many...
01/27/2016 15:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Administrator Thomas F. Ahern on Wednesday announced the launch of Empower RI, a website to help Rhode Islanders shop for the best electricity prices for their homes and businesses. Empower

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Department of Health

02/10/2016 12:30 EST
Rhode Island launched today the HealthFacts RI database, a new all-payer healthcare claims database, to better understand healthcare spending, utilization and the effectiveness of healthcare policies. As part of the launch, the state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) released...
02/05/2016 16:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages Rhode Islanders to take advantage of the free, anonymous HIV testing that will be offered by AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI) on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day this Sunday, February 7. Testing will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at
02/01/2016 19:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is releasing the latest data today on confirmed accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island. The data are from January 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

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Department of Transportation

01/21/2016 15:15 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that effective today, Thursday, January 21, a weight limit for trucks will be in place on the Broad Street Bridge in Pawtucket. The change also impacts the nearby Barton Street Bridge, as both structures share common supporting...
12/22/2015 09:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is working to replace the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge, which carries Dean Street over the Woonasquatucket River in Providence. This will allow the Department to reopen this vital link for residents and commuters several months earlier than...
12/21/2015 17:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it is making repairs to the Hamlet Avenue Bridge, which carries Route 122 (Hamlet Avenue) over the Blackstone River in Woonsocket. The Hamlet Avenue Bridge is classified as structurally deficient, with the majority of its...

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Office of the Attorney General

02/12/2016 15:15 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that today Superior Court Justice Brian P. Stern sentenced Jose Colon (age 42), formerly of Central Falls, to 50 years with 35 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation for first degree child molestation. In addition, Justice Stern...
02/10/2016 16:00 EST
AG calls on Senate Committee to pass bill repealing amendment allowing debt-collection robocalls Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is urging the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to pass the ''Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls Act of 2015'' or ''HANGUP" Act.
02/09/2016 10:45 EST
Kilmartin and Manufacturer Sign Agreement to Increase Rebate to $6 for each Naloxone Syringe Dosage Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced an amended agreement with Naloxone manufacturer Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., that would increase the company-offered rebate for each...

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Office of the Secretary of State

02/09/2016 16:45 EST
"Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Online Voter Registration Bill. This legislation will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and update their voter information by allowing them to do so online. I thank Speaker Mattiello, the bill's sponsors, Representatives...
01/28/2016 15:30 EST
Secretary Gorbea holds rededication ceremony for the State House Charter Museum. Providence, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea celebrated the rededication of the State House Charter Museum. Over 50 members from the community including elected officials and history enthusiasts attended a...
01/26/2016 10:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced the launch of a redesigned Department of State website (www.sos.ri.gov). The new website, created entirely through in-house efforts, offers a straightforward interface that will make it easier for Rhode Islanders to quickly...

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Office of the General Treasurer

02/11/2016 12:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today lauded the strong demand for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank's first round of Efficient Building Fund financing. Twenty seven applications from across Rhode Island were submitted for an initial $25 million in EBF financing for energy...
02/09/2016 17:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI -- General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today issued the following statement regarding the RhodeWorks bridge repair legislation currently being considered by the General Assembly: "I have closely studied the new RhodeWorks legislation and strongly support its passage by the General...
02/02/2016 13:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner has been selected to serve as the 2016 Chairman of the Financial Literacy Committee for the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). "As Treasurer, supporting the financial well-being of all Rhode Islanders is among my top priorities. So...

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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 â€" (April 27, 2011) â€" In a decision...
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...

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State Council on the Arts

01/27/2016 08:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled MODERN ARCHEOLOGY, will be held from January 13 through May 1, 2016 at GREEN SPACE, a gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists....
01/27/2016 08:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by David Zapatka will be held from January 21, 2016 through May 31, 2016 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists
12/22/2015 08:45 EST
Rhode Island schools, organizations, community centers and artists were awarded $142,998 in the December 2015 round of grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The Arts Council's board approved the awarding of these grants at its December meeting in Providence. These grants will go...

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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

02/08/2016 11:45 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 09:45 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 20:45 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...

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