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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

10/05/2017 16:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by members of the General Assembly and community advocates, today signed the package of legislation collectively known as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. The bills aim to improve Rhode Island's criminal justice system while reducing costs by
10/03/2017 15:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today declared October as Manufacturing Month in the State of Rhode Island. Joined by Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner and other members
10/02/2017 15:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo traveled from Westerly to Woonsocket today with members of her Cabinet, holding a series of public events announcing new initiatives and highlighting progress that the state has made over the last 1,000 days. Governor Raimondo kicked off the morning...
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Department of Revenue

10/19/2017 09:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for June 2017. 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 percent...
10/12/2017 09:00 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2018 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for July 2017. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report compares the collections from the state's local 1.0 percent meal and...
10/10/2017 13:45 EDT
"Dress Down for Charity" program receives award from national group CRANSTON, R.I. – The R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles recently was recognized for its community service efforts from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. "We thank AAMVA for recognizing our efforts and...
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Lt. Governor's Office

10/18/2017 09:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- Today, Lt. Governor Dan McKee issued the following statement on the announcement of the Memorial Hospital closure: "As a former municipal leader, I know how important health services are to the wellbeing of a community. Just as I have on many issues that impact our...
10/16/2017 12:45 EDT
NARRAGANSETT, RI – On Monday, October 23rd at 3:00 p.m., Lt. Governor Dan McKee will partner with Narragansett Town Manager James Manni to host an Empower RI information session at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library to help ratepayers safely shop for alternate electricity suppliers and save on...
09/25/2017 10:15 EDT
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Thursday, September 28th at 1:00 p.m., Lt. Governor Dan McKee will partner with East Providence City Manager Timothy Chapman to host an Empower RI information session at Weaver Library to help ratepayers safely shop for alternate electricity suppliers and save on their...

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Department of Health

10/20/2017 13:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Mann Packing of Salinas, California is recalling various minimally processed vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive
10/19/2017 13:45 EDT
A follow-up community meeting about the drinking water in the Oakland section of Burrillville will be held on Monday, October 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Burrillville Middle School auditorium. Burrillville Middle School is located at 2220 Bronco Hwy (Route 102), Burrillville, Rhode...
10/11/2017 14:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that General Mills is recalling two days of production of Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola cereal because of an undeclared allergen. There have been no reports of illness. Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin...

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Department of Transportation

10/18/2017 15:00 EDT
Delays likely for project to remove long-standing dip on ramp near hospital campus Heavy traffic and long delays are possible this coming weekend on I-195 West in Providence as part of a bridge repair project. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) advises motorists to plan extra...
10/16/2017 13:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will be temporarily closing the weigh station located on I-95 South, between Exits 5 and 3 in Richmond. The weigh station is no longer used for truck weight enforcement, but is used as a truck rest area. During this...
10/13/2017 14:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced an upcoming temporary traffic pattern for a section of Route 112 on the Richmond/Charlestown line that will involve a full-time lane closure for approximately three years. RIDOT is replacing the Carolina Bridges, a series of...

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Office of the Attorney General

10/20/2017 15:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Jacob Gallant (age 42), of Westport, MA, pleaded nolo contendere today before Superior Court Magistrate John McBurney to the March 5, 2017 stabbing at Rite-Aid in Warwick that left 18-year old Alyssa Garcia severely injured. Gallant pleaded nolo...
10/20/2017 11:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has joined with a bipartisan group of attorneys general from across the country in letters to 15 health care companies that provide pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services encouraging the companies to implement programs to mitigate prescription opioid abuse.
10/19/2017 14:00 EDT
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today joined a coalition of 12 states and the District of Columbia, in filing a friend-of-the-court brief urging the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to uphold a California ban on the possession of large-capacity ammunition...

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Office of the Secretary of State

10/20/2017 11:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today, in collaboration with the State Board of Elections, convened over 100 local elections and IT officials for a Cybersecurity Summit at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-hour forum highlighted national conversations...
09/28/2017 11:15 EDT
"We first received notice of Mr. Ken Block's complaint to the US Department of Justice at 10 a.m. this morning through the Providence Journal's reporting. His complaints are in response to changes in 2008 to the Board of Elections Rules and Regulations for voter registration. We have also been...
09/19/2017 15:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today appointed Melissa Husband as Deputy Secretary of State/Director of Administration. Husband steps into the position vacated by Melissa Long, recently confirmed as Superior Court Judge by the Rhode Island Senate. Husband joins the RI...

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Office of the General Treasurer

10/12/2017 11:00 EDT
On October 12th at 6:00 p.m. Governor Raimondo, Treasurer Magaziner, and Education Commissioner Wagner will host the first in a series of public forums to discuss the mounting infrastructure crisis in school facilities throughout Rhode Island. We look forward to hearing feedback from students,...
10/10/2017 08:30 EDT
General Treasurer Seth Magaziner tomorrow will convene the Rhode Island Financial Empowerment Roundtable to further his commitment to economic growth and financial stability by bringing together stakeholders from government, non-profits, education, businesses, and banking. "Too many Rhode...
10/06/2017 11:00 EDT
The Council for Economic Education has honored Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner with the 2017 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, recognizing his work to advance financial literacy for student and families. "My mission is to promote economic growth and financial stability for all...

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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...
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...

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State Council on the Arts

09/12/2017 15:30 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced that the State Native American Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery in One Capitol Hill through Sept 29, 2017. This gallery is located at One Capitol Hill, the State's main administration building on Smith Street in...
08/16/2017 10:45 EDT
The gallery space at the Block Island Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2018 exhibitions. The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, to promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery at the Block...
07/27/2017 15:00 EDT
The GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2018 exhibitions. The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The spaces will present...

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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

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
09/12/2012 08:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections will hold a training for its adult probation and parole staff, adult counselors, and partners from community service agencies on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation on Friday, September 14, at the Philip W. Noel Judicial Complex (Kent County...
08/30/2012 14:45 EDT
On Tuesday, September 2nd, Lloyd Hedges will enter his 51st year of service as a Correctional Officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Colleagues, family, and friends will honor Lloyd at a celebration of this important anniversary on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the...

Department of Corrections Web site

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