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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

05/22/2015 15:00 EDT
BRISTOL, R.I. â Governor Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Representatives James Langevin and David N. Cicilline, members of the Rhode Island General Assembly and veterans broke ground today on a new Rhode Island Veterans Home. Rhode Island voters approved a $94 million bond in 2012 for a new 208-bed home to...
05/14/2015 19:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a presidential proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is directing U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff tomorrow, Friday, May 15, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This day recognizes all police...
05/14/2015 17:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her intent to nominate Daniel P. McConaghy to the Rhode Island Board of Education. Raimondo will submit his name for consideration to the Rhode Island State Senate for confirmation. "My jobs plan calls for significant investments in...
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Department of Revenue

05/11/2015 16:15 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...
05/11/2015 16:00 EDT
ORA released its reports of FY 2015 local 1% hotel tax collection and meal and beverage tax collection. 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 that a filing...
04/30/2015 13:00 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released the FY 2015 Monthly and YTD Cash Collections Report for March 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...
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Lt. Governor's Office

05/20/2015 14:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was joined by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Major General Kevin R. McBride, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, and other dignitaries on Wednesday at a Remembrance Ceremony at the Garden of Heroes...
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...

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Department of Health

05/22/2015 15:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) leads the state's effort to reduce infectious disease and support a healthier state. To alert Rhode Islanders of the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HEALTH released data today showing that the rates of HIV and several other STDs are...
05/12/2015 14:30 EDT
Rhode Island Efforts to Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco Products Subject of New Federal Study and Grant Award The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announced today that it will receive approximately $468,000 of new federal funding to conduct an in-depth evaluation of policies and...
05/07/2015 18:15 EDT
Today nearly 400 community members and representatives from the fields of public health, healthcare, and academia gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick to participate in the first Health Equity Summit of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). They were joined by Elizabeth Roberts,...

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Department of Transportation

04/29/2015 07:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is teaming up with the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center (URITC) to offer high schoolers a hands-on work experience in the transportation and construction fields. The annual Rhode Island Construction Career Days event is expected
04/28/2015 07:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will open the new linear park on the historic Washington Bridge in Providence on weekends beginning Saturday, May 2; this to allow the public to take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy the new bike path as soon as...
04/24/2015 09:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that advanced wrong-way driving detection systems will be active, beginning this week, at 24 locations across the state. The systems will both alert a driver who is traveling in the wrong direction as well as notify police and...

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Office of the Attorney General

05/22/2015 14:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has filed legislation in the Rhode Island Senate that prohibits medical marijuana patients and caregivers from extracting THC from marijuana using a flammable liquid. The legislation would allow compassion centers to extract THC using a flammable liquid only...
05/21/2015 08:30 EDT
Following mediation in federal bankruptcy court, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced a settlement with RadioShack over the sale of its customers' personally identifiable information. Thirty-eight states, including Rhode Island, joined together to oppose the sale of consumer data
05/20/2015 14:00 EDT
Equifax, Experian and TransUnion Agree to Significant Changes Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced a major settlement with the three national credit reporting agencies â Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc. and TransUnion LLC. Under the terms

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Office of the Secretary of State

05/20/2015 10:00 EDT
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has released the 2015-2016 Rhode Island Government Owner's Manual, a comprehensive publication that features information on local and state officials, and the state's Congressional delegation. The publication also includes our State Constitution and Charter, and...
05/18/2015 11:00 EDT
Click on the link below for images from the 2015 Rhode Island Civic Leadership Award ceremony celebrated on Friday, May 8, at the Rhode Island State House. The Civic Leadership Awards are given annually to two outstanding students from every high school in Rhode Island who have made remarkable...
05/13/2015 14:15 EDT
Providence, Rhode Island â Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced legislation that will strengthen, clarify and increase the transparency of Rhode Island's lobbying laws. Secretary Gorbea's comprehensive approach is contained in bills (H-6178, S-904) introduced on her behalf by...

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Office of the General Treasurer

05/07/2015 14:00 EDT
2015 Treasury Young Leaders represent the largest class in the program's history PROVIDENCE, RI â General Treasurer Seth Magaziner will honor exemplary high school students from across Rhode Island at the Treasury Young Leader Awards ceremony on Monday, May 11, 2015. The annual award recognizes...
04/30/2015 16:30 EDT
General Treasurer Magaziner Congratulates ERSRI Chief Financial Officer Zack Saul on Winning CFO of the Year Award PROVIDENCE, RI - General Treasurer Seth Magaziner congratulates Zack Saul of the Employees Retirement System of Rhode island on winning the Providence Business News Government Chief
04/30/2015 16:15 EDT
General Treasurer Seth Magaziner to Give Closing Keynote Address at United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing Event BOSTON, MA - General Treasurer Seth Magaziner will deliver the closing Keynote remarks at a Principles for Responsible Investment conference on Fixed Income tonight at...

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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

05/20/2015 10:15 EDT
The Rhode Island State Senate recently confirmed four new appointments by Governor Gina M. Raimondo to the board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). These individuals join the thirteen-member governing body of the State Arts Council, the state agency responsible for support of...
05/12/2015 14:15 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled PERSONAL SPACE, will be held from May 13 through September 1, 2015 at GREEN SPACE, a gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists....
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

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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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