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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 Lincoln D. Chafee

10/20/2014 13:45 EDT
Bristol, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline and members of the Governor's Administration today at the Veterans Home heard an update on the design and construction of the state-of-the-art facility. Since funding for the project was...
10/07/2014 10:00 EDT
Providence, RI—Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Michael Lewis, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, today released a time-lapse video showing the $6.4 million replacement of the Barton Corner Bridge on the Warwick/West Warwick town line. The bridge, which carries I-95 over one...
10/03/2014 02:30 EDT
Pawtucket, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee hosted a ceremonial signing today at Slater Mill of three bills that will increase local renewable energy while allowing Rhode Island to participate in the development of a clean, secure regional energy system. He was joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse,...
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Department of Revenue

11/09/2010 17:30 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 15:15 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 09:45 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

07/17/2014 12:45 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 11:00 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...
06/05/2014 10:00 EDT
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 PROVIDENCE—Lt. Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts today received the District Director Award from Rhode Island SBA District Director Mark S. Hayward at the 2014 Rhode Island Salute to Small Business luncheon. The event took place at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston and was

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Department of Health

10/21/2014 19:00 EDT
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for hospital healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola. The Rhode Island Department of Health has promulgated those guidelines to all RI healthcare facilities and providers to ensure they are aware of the new...
10/15/2014 15:00 EDT
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 162 apparent accidental drug...
10/09/2014 14:00 EDT
Providence -- The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Blackamore Pond in Cranston because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the pond. People should...

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Department of Transportation

10/17/2014 18:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will temporarily close Route 114 (East Shore Expressway) North to I-195 West, beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, October 18, to fix potholes created during this week's heavy rain. The work is taking place on a crossover road that was...
10/16/2014 15:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is pleased to announce that its newly redesigned website, www.dot.ri.gov, was named 'Best DOT Website, Without Consultant' by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Communications Subcommittee (Transcomm);...
10/16/2014 10:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists that tomorrow, Friday, October 17, 2014, it plans to close the Warren Avenue Bridge in East Providence for approximately one month. The bridge carries traffic from Veterans Memorial Parkway onto I-195 West. The bridge...

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Office of the Attorney General

10/20/2014 13:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today urged members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to support legislation that would help prevent children from being trafficked on the Internet. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating about $150 billion...
10/20/2014 11:00 EDT
On the heels of hosting the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Eastern Region meeting, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is proud to host the NAAG 2014 Fall Consumer Protection Seminar being held this week at the Providence Biltmore being. Kilmartin serves as the NAAG Consumer...
10/16/2014 13:00 EDT
October is National Bullying Prevention Month With research showing that 54 percent of teens have witnessed online bullying, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is teaming up with Cox Communications to mark National Bullying Prevention Month with a stop at Johnston High School to speak with...

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Office of the Secretary of State

10/07/2014 13:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has released the dates of upcoming VOTER ID events. This year, poll workers will ask voters to show a current and valid photo ID when they vote at their polling place. "Voter ID strengthens the public's faith in the integrity of our...
10/01/2014 09:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – In preparation for November's general election, R.I. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis wants voters to be on the lookout for the 2014 Rhode Island Voter Information Handbook, which should begin appearing in local mailboxes soon. The 31-page guide includes all seven statewide...
09/30/2014 10:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is reminding Rhode Islanders that Sunday, October 5, 2014 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 4th, 2014 general election. "I want to remind voters to check their voter registration status at www.sos.ri.gov/vic to make sure their

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Office of the General Treasurer

10/16/2014 15:00 EDT
Refunding Saves the State $17 Million PROVIDENCE, R.I. - General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo today announced Rhode Island's General Obligation Bond sale this week was a success. This $162 million refinancing of approximately $174 million existing debt will save the State more than $17 million...
10/10/2014 16:30 EDT
Works to Recoup Funds PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the State Retirement Board Meeting, Treasurer Raimondo and her team announced that improvements to disability compliance over the course of her term have resulted in finding more than $1 million in overearnings dating...
08/14/2014 16:15 EDT
Program also provides additional funding to support projects in process PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund, a program championed by Treasurer Raimondo, recently allocated additional funding for FY 2014. Five municipalities, including two new towns, benefited from...

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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 – (April 27, 2011) – 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

07/22/2014 09:00 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...
07/21/2014 08:45 EDT
The gallery spaces at the Block Island Airport and T.F. Green Airport are accepting art submissions for their 2015 exhibitions. The gallery program, which includes Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE, is a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the...
07/16/2014 12:15 EDT
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced that the City of Pawtucket, in partnership with State Department of Transportation (RIDOT), will receive a $75,000 grant in the highly-competitive "Our Town" funding category. The "Our Town" grants represent the NEA's investment in creative...

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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

10/01/2014 12:30 EDT
CRANSTON, R.I. – August 25, 2013 – On August 21, 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections held a badge pinning ceremony for those within the Department who had been recently promoted. Among those honored was Francis Thibert, Jr. of East Providence, RI. Lt. Thibert joined the RIDOC as
10/01/2014 12:30 EDT
CRANSTON, R.I. – August 25, 2013 – On August 21, 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections held a badge pinning ceremony for those within the Department who had been recently promoted. Among those honored was Mario Sousa of Swansea, MA. Lt. Thibert joined the RIDOC as a Correctional...
10/01/2014 12:15 EDT
CRANSTON, R.I. – April 21, 2014 – Dr. Albert Alba, Academic Teacher, became the 27th recipient of the John J Moran Award at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections on April 8th, 2014. The award is presented to an individual who is nominated by administrative, supervisory, and line staff. All...

Department of Corrections Web site

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