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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

07/25/2014 16:00 EDT
Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today his nomination of Michael Bernstein as Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Education – Council on Post Secondary Education, and Patrick Guida, Esq. as Chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Education – Council on Elementary and...
07/23/2014 10:45 EDT
Providence, RI - Detailed plans of eight key industry sector coalitions to continue confronting the skills mismatches and training gaps that challenge the state's workforce development efforts have gotten the go-ahead, the Governor's Workforce Board of Rhode Island (GWB) announced today. "...
07/21/2014 10:15 EDT
Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), an initiative implemented from within Commerce RI, today announced the six recipients of Rhode Island Collaborative Research Grants. The awards will provide $445,092 in support to...
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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

07/28/2014 18:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Providence Police Department are continuing their investigation into the remains of eight individuals found at Pennine Funeral Home in Providence on July 25, 2014. Of the remains found at Pennine Funeral Home, six were bodies and two were...
07/28/2014 13:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE -- On Friday, July 25, 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Office of State Medical Examiners took into custody six bodies and the cremation remains of two other individuals that had been found at the Pennine Funeral Home, 28 Grove Street, Providence. The license...
07/24/2014 15:45 EDT
Whole Foods Market has recalled made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported to-date, Listeria...

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Department of Transportation

07/25/2014 15:15 EDT
The following exit and lane closures are scheduled to take place on Rhode Island's Interstate highways from July 26-August 1, 2014. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RIDOTNews for up-to-the-minute travel information. Interstate...
07/22/2014 16:15 EDT
Motorists traveling westbound on Point Street, between the Point Street Bridge and Eddy Street, will be required to follow a detour beginning Monday, July 28. A signed detour will be in place using South Main Street to College Street to cross the Providence River. Next, follow Memorial Boulevard to
07/18/2014 15:00 EDT
The following exit and lane closures are scheduled to take place on Rhode Island's Interstate highways from July 19-25, 2014. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RIDOTNews for up-to-the-minute travel information. Interstate Highway...

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Office of the Attorney General

07/30/2014 12:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that a Providence County Superior Court jury found Quandell Husband, age 18, of Providence, guilty on three counts of first degree murder, three counts of discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence resulting in death, and one...
07/28/2014 10:45 EDT
To assist teachers, school employees and volunteers in obtaining the required criminal background checks mandated by Rhode Island General Law, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is again offering background check services at several locations throughout the state. Under Rhode Island General...
07/22/2014 13:30 EDT
16th Annual Summit Scheduled for Friday, August 1st Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is pleased to announce that the latest installment of his Open Government Summit is scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI.

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Office of the Secretary of State

07/28/2014 14:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- The office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will hold a Voter Registration drive at Cardi's Furniture in West Warwick on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. "Registering to vote is easy, and a great way to make sure your voice is heard on primary and...
07/21/2014 12:00 EDT
Order in Which Unendorsed Candidates and Political Parties Will Appear on the Primary and Election Ballots Determined On Friday, July 18th, 2014, the office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis used a machine from the RI Lottery (REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE R.I. LOTTERY OPERATED THE DEVICE) to...
07/11/2014 11:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, 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...

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Office of the General Treasurer

07/14/2014 17:15 EDT
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3pm - 6pm Garden City Center Friday, July 18, 2014 4pm - 7pm South County Balloon Festival PROVIDENCE, R.I. - As part of her Smart Money Tour, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo's team is visiting Garden City Center on Wednesday, July 16th and the South County...
07/08/2014 16:45 EDT
Treasury to work with municipalities to return money PROVIDENCE, R.I. - General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo today announced that Treasury's unclaimed property division will be reuniting 35 cities and towns with $59,318.32. The amounts of municipal unclaimed property range up to $16,650.76.
06/26/2014 14:45 EDT
Program provides predictable funding stream for local infrastructure investment, spurs economic growth PROVIDENCE, R.I. – General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo today commended the General Assembly's commitment to the Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund as part of the FY 2015 budget. The fund

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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,...

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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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