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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

02/26/2015 16:45 EST
Group tasked to improve delivery of health care services, lower costs PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today appointed a diverse group of health care professionals, patient advocates, businesspeople and other policy leaders to address the structural challenges facing Rhode Island's...
02/23/2015 14:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today the "Governor for a Day" essay contest as a way to encourage young girls to become leaders in their communities. This Women's History Month initiative is open to girls in 5th through 8th grade throughout the state. The winning essayist...
02/20/2015 15:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today named Sister Therese Antone and Dr. Tim Murphy to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. "My first Executive Order as Governor called for the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct in government," said Raimondo. "By appointing these...
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Department of Revenue

02/26/2015 04:30 EST
ORA released the FY 2015 Monthly and YTD Cash Collections Report for January 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 Revenue Assessment Report....
02/17/2015 00:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2015 Revenue Assessment Report for January 2015 today. The Revenue Assessment Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the adjusted general revenues by revenue source on a fiscal year-to-date and monthly basis to expected general...
02/13/2015 14:45 EST
Precautionary measures in place will help protect refunds and state dollars In response to reports last week of a surge in fraudulent refund activity in a number of states â including issues involving TurboTax personal tax preparation software â the Rhode Island Division of Taxation has begun...
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Lt. Governor's Office

02/27/2015 13:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo on Thursday appointed a diverse group of health care professionals, patient advocates, businesspeople and other policy leaders to address the structural challenges facing Rhode Island's Medicaid system. Rhode Island has the opportunity to deliver better...
02/19/2015 10:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee will lead an effort to help cities and towns share services and reduce costs under an executive order signed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo. The Feb. 13 executive order empowers the Lieutenant Governor to develop, in consultation with cities and...
02/12/2015 17:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee will join Governor Gina Raimondo to outline an initiative to foster innovation across Rhode Island's city and town governments. The governor will sign an executive order recognizing the important role our municipalities play in our state's quality of...

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Department of Health

02/27/2015 10:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the resignation of Dr. Michael Fine, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Dr. Fine delivered a letter of resignation to the Governor yesterday afternoon, and said he has decided to explore new opportunities. "As...
02/20/2015 16:00 EST
Contact: Alex Ambrosius RIEMA External Affairs (401) 261-1639 www.riema.ri.gov Cranston, RI - The Office of the Governor, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...
02/19/2015 11:30 EST
Due to several recent recalls of products containing cumin for undeclared peanut allergens, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that people with peanut allergies avoid consuming products with ground or powdered cumin. The FDA stated that affected cumin may be sold as a spice,

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Department of Transportation

02/11/2015 15:30 EST
According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), commuter rail service will be restored to T.F. Green and Wickford Junction this evening. Service will resume with the 813 train, set to depart Providence at 5:23 p.m. The following outbound trains will run according to MBTA's...
02/10/2015 20:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority announced that expanded bus service will be offered to T.F. Green and Wickford Junction to offset limited commuter rail service in Rhode Island, tomorrow, February 11. According to the Massachusetts Bay...
01/14/2015 09:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is inviting local middle and high school teachers to participate in a hands-on TRAC (Transportation and Civil engineering) training. TRAC provides educators with tools such as lesson plans, software, and building materials to assist them in...

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Office of the Attorney General

02/27/2015 12:30 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Carnell Marrow (age 37), of Providence, pled nolo contendere yesterday before Superior Court Magistrate John F. McBurney for failure to register as a sex offender. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Marrow was sentenced to 10 years with eight...
02/26/2015 15:15 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that today, Judier Dixon (age), of Providence, pled guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to the June 12, 2013 murder of 46-year-old Richard Arenas and the May 2012 shooting of Amaury Santos. Under the terms of the plea agreement,...
02/24/2015 13:00 EST
Seydina Ndoye and Alain Bedame Sentenced to 70 Years with 30 to Serve Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Seydina Ndoye (age 20) of Providence and Alain Bedame (age 19) of Pawtucket each to 70 years with 30 years to serve and

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Office of the Secretary of State

02/26/2015 14:30 EST
Today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea's Transition Committee released its report, "Restart Rhode Island." The Committee, chaired by Arianne Corrente and consisting of 12 prominent business, civic and non-profit leaders from across Rhode Island, has outlined 20 key recommendations designed to...
02/24/2015 10:30 EST
Secretary of State of State Nellie M. Gorbea is warning Rhode Island business owners not to be misled by a deceptive letter that appears to come from an official government source. The letter is being mailed by an entity calling itself "Annual Business Services." Several businesses have reported
02/23/2015 12:15 EST
During the summer of 1862, Rhode Island Governor William Sprague IV proposed the formation of a "colored regiment" to aid the Union's war effort. African Americans from across the northeast wrote to Governor Sprague offering to serve. The 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery was established the...

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Office of the General Treasurer

01/05/2015 18:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Treasurer-Elect Seth Magaziner today announced several additions to his State House staff. Shana Autiello will serve as Director of Communications. Autiello currently works at Matter Communications where she develops and implements public relations campaigns for corporate...
12/31/2014 08:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Treasurer-Elect Seth Magaziner today announced the hiring of two key members of his Treasury staff. Patrick Marr will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Treasurer for Operations. Marr currently serves as a Project Manager in the Office of Digital Excellence for the...
12/09/2014 14:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Treasurer-Elect Seth Magaziner today announced the hiring of two key members of his Treasury staff. Andrew Roos will serve as Magaziner's Chief of Staff. Andrew Roos has served as Chief of Staff to Treasurer Raimondo since early 2013. Prior to that, Roos worked for...

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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 that...
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 of...

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State Council on the Arts

01/26/2015 08:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that two new art exhibitions are opening at the state's airports. The Block Island Airport Gallery will present works by Aleksandar Baba-Vulic from January 22 through May 28, 2015, while GREEN SPACE at T.F. Green Airport will...
01/15/2015 12:15 EST
Rhode Island schools, organizations, community centers and artists were awarded $139,877 in the December 2014 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 Warren. These grants will go to...
01/15/2015 10:00 EST
The official portrait of Governor Lincoln D. Chafee was presented to the State of Rhode Island at an event at the Rhode Island State House attended by the artist Julie Gearan and representatives from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Gearan was chosen in April 2014 from among 124 artists

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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

02/20/2015 14:15 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 10:15 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 10:15 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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