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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

09/18/2014 15:30 EDT
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee joined Director Charles J. Fogarty, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, to announce the approval of the state's fourth non-traditional apprenticeship program — and the second one developed under a program Governor Chafee created and funded in 2013. Established...
09/17/2014 12:15 EDT
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the state has received a $650,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to help the state plan for a new mass transit center in Providence. One of 72 projects...
09/16/2014 14:45 EDT
Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today the release of the Period Four Regulatory Look Back Report, issued by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Regulatory Reform. "I commend all of our state agencies on their work toward regulatory reform and I want to thank the
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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

09/18/2014 16:00 EDT
Providence - The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises all parents and healthcare providers to be aware of symptoms of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and to promote good hand hygiene to protect against EV-D68, as well as other seasonal illnesses such as...
09/16/2014 10:45 EDT
Gel Spice Company Inc., of Bayonne, NJ, has issued a voluntary recall notice for 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds Ground Black Pepper in 3.53-oz. plastic jars because it has the possibility to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed nationwide via Big Lots Retail Stores Inc.,...
09/16/2014 09:30 EDT
Immunization rates for child and teenagers in Rhode Island are among the highest in the country, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month. The data were gathered through the National Immunization Survey, an annual study conducted...

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Department of Transportation

08/29/2014 12:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will host the 2014 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference (NETSC) September 3 – 4, 2014 at The Omni Hotel in Providence. With
08/22/2014 10:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is partnering with the Town of Burrillville to enhance safety along Route 102 (Broncos Highway). This month, work began on a $2.4 million contract with J.H. Lynch that includes several new traffic-calming features for the corridor. Among the...
08/21/2014 15:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), along with federal, state and local officials, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Apponaug Circulator Project on Wednesday, August 27. The $29.9 million contract with Cardi Corporation will introduce five new modern roundabouts and...

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Office of the Attorney General

09/19/2014 12:15 EDT
With recent studies showing that distracted driving has surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death for teenagers behind the wheel, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin continued his efforts to educate Rhode Islanders about the dangers of distracted driving with a visit to Toll Gate
09/17/2014 17:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Frank Green, age 40, of Providence, pled nolo contendere yesterday today before Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling, domestic strangulation and violating a no contact order. Under...
09/16/2014 14:15 EDT
Following a unanimous vote by the Westerly Town Council on Monday night passing a resolution to not text and drive and to encourage all those who live and visit Westerly to never text and drive, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin praised the Town Council for taking a leadership position on the...

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Office of the Secretary of State

08/26/2014 11:45 EDT
Police, firefighters, and EMTs among those receiving the 2014 Rhode Island Lifesaving Medal during State House ceremony PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis to honor 15 Rhode Islanders with the 2014 Rhode Island Lifesaving Medal, the state's...
08/25/2014 10:15 EDT
RI VIC mobile APP Available to Rhode Island Voters To Obtain Voter Information On-The-Go PROVIDENCE, RI -- The office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has announced a new mobile application, designed to assist Rhode Island voters from mobile devices such as cell phones, and tablets. RI...
08/21/2014 15:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has announced that the 8th annual We Mean Business expo will be on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Parking is FREE. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will have the...

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Office of the General Treasurer

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...
08/13/2014 14:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - As parents ready their children to go back to school, Treasurer Gina Raimondo announced that EverFi web-based financial literacy curriculum is now available to 53 Rhode Island schools at no cost. This program is part of the Treasurer's Empower RI initiative, supported by Discover'
07/31/2014 10:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo today announced that Treasury will hold a live Unclaimed Property Auction on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, Providence, R.I. The items up for auction include rare coins, fine jewelry...

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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

09/18/2014 13:15 EDT
Join the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) in celebrating the achievements of six designers who have received RISCA Design Innovation Grants (DIG) over the past five years. In partnership with Design Week RI, RISCA will host a lunchtime presentation by DIG grantees Sarah Rainwater,...
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...

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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

02/04/2014 14:15 EST
CRANSTON – February 3, 2014 - On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections will honor 9 of its own staff members and 3 "Friends" in the annual Employee Awards Ceremony. The following individuals will be recognized: • JOHN J. MORAN AWARD – to honor a staff member...
11/19/2012 10:45 EST
Corrections Director A.T. Wall II recently announced that Robert Vitale of Scituate, R.I., has been promoted Warden of the RIDOC's Central Office. He will help to oversee a sizeable staff and an inmate population that includes those serving long sentences for a variety of offenses as well as those...
09/12/2012 08:30 EDT
Corrections Director Ashbel T. Wall II has announced the promotion of Robert J. Catlow of Cranston, R.I., a 26-year veteran of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, to Chief Inspector, heading up the Office of Inspections. The Director notes, "Bob Catlow combines experience and credibility in

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