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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

01/26/2015 18:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - This evening, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an Executive Order issuing restrictions on motor vehicle travel for the State of Rhode Island. You can view the Declaration at the link below.
01/26/2015 13:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - This afternoon, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an Executive Order issuing a State of Emergency for Rhode Island. You can view the Declaration at the link below.
01/25/2015 18:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement reminding Rhode Islanders to prepare for severe winter weather. "The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for all of Rhode Island for Monday night through Wednesday morning. We are hard at...
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Department of Revenue

11/09/2010 16:30 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 14:15 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 08:45 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

01/26/2015 14:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order issuing restrictions on motor vehicle travel for the state of Rhode Island. You can view it at the link below.
01/18/2015 17:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Lt. Governor Daniel McKee issued a statement Sunday on the passing of Sister Ann Keefe: "Sister Ann Keefe was a champion of peace and justice whose work touched the lives of many in Rhode Island during her decades of selfless service. She so often provided a voice for those...
01/14/2015 11:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel McKee issued a statement Wednesday on the announcement that Dr. Frances Gallo will retire as superintendent of the Central Falls School District at the end of the academic year: "Fran Gallo's bold and principled leadership has changed the way teachers,...

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Department of Health

01/30/2015 10:30 EST
Providence, RI â In order to bring attention to the health and safety issues associated with winter storms, the Rhode Island Department of Health is releasing the number of storm-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries reported by emergency departments in Rhode Island since winter storm "Juno" hit...
01/21/2015 13:30 EST
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports the data on apparent accidental drug overdose deaths, use of Narcan by Rhode Island Emergency Medical Services, and prescribed controlled substances. Since January 1, 2015, there have been seven apparent accidental drug overdose deaths.
01/14/2015 15:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is warning consumers with peanut allergies about the recall of certain Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-...

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Department of Transportation

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...
01/07/2015 13:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging motorists to drive with caution this afternoon, as forecasts call for snow squalls to cross the state after 2 p.m. The snowfall is expected to be scattered and brief in duration but could still result in reduced visibility and slippery
01/02/2015 11:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists about next week's scheduled closure of the Atwells Avenue Bridge, which carries Atwells Avenue over the Woonasquatucket River in Providence. On Monday, January 5, 2015, the structure will be closed for approximately one...

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Office of the Attorney General

01/30/2015 14:00 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that a Providence County Superior Court jury found Jose "Gio" Lopez (age 18), with a last known address of 28 Joslin Street, Providence, guilty of the December 24, 2013 murder of Ryan Almeida. The jury found Lopez guilty of murder, discharging a...
01/30/2015 12:45 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General and Town of Warren entered into a joint settlement agreement in which the Town agreed to pay a $1,500 fine for violating the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA). The Office of Attorney General filed...
01/26/2015 14:15 EST
With Governor Gina Raimondo declaring a state of emergency in advance of the pending severe winter weather event, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin reminds businesses and consumers that under Rhode Island General Laws 6-13-21, upon a declaration of a state of emergency by the governor, retail...

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Office of the Secretary of State

01/29/2015 11:15 EST
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and State Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi will host an information meeting at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane in Warwick, on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 1PM to explain changes to the voting process resulting from the elimination of straight-party (...
01/28/2015 16:30 EST
Voters in Central Falls will go to the polls in February to elect two new city council members. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is providing several opportunities for voters in that city who do not currently have a valid photo ID to obtain a FREE Voter ID Card provided by the Department of...
01/18/2015 15:00 EST
"I was saddened to learn of Sister Ann Keefe's passing. Sister Ann was an inspiration to me. She was a community builder. A public servant and a leader who challenged us to care for others as our own. She contributed immensely to improving the lives of all Rhode Islanders. I am grateful for her...

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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

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
12/09/2014 10:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â October 10, 2014 â Effective October 12, 2014 Barry Weiner will be the new Assistant Director for Rehabilitative Services for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Barry has been serving in this capacity on an acting basis since 7/21/14 when it became apparent that the...

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