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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

07/21/2016 17:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today swore-in James J. Caruolo, the new Associate Judge of the state District Court. "With his years of legal and military service, Jim brings valuable experience to the District Court," Raimondo said. "Given the additional emphasis the District...
07/21/2016 15:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on the announcement of the state's latest economic data. "Our economy's gain of 1,700 jobs is welcome news but we still have significant room for improvement," Governor Raimondo said. "This week alone, I have...
07/20/2016 15:30 EDT
Day Will Include Free State Beach Parking, Free Saltwater Fishing, and Free RIPTA Bus Service on Route 66 PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the schedule of activities for the 28th Annual Governor's Bay Day celebration on Sunday, July 24. The day includes free parking at all...
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Department of Revenue

07/21/2016 09:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 Cash Collections Report for May 2016 today. The Cash Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares current fiscal year cash collections by revenue item on a fiscal year-to-date and monthly basis to...
06/20/2016 10:00 EDT
Providence, RI), The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 Revenue Assessment Report for May 2016 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...
06/17/2016 11:15 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for March 2016 today. The State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Allocation Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the state's 5.0 percent hotel...
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Lt. Governor's Office

07/11/2016 12:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was named Chairman of the National Lt. Governors Association (NLGA) last Friday morning at the group's annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As Chairman, Lt. Governor McKee will lead the association's 17-person Executive Committee in directing
06/15/2016 12:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor McKee joined members of the Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council this afternoon for the release of their report on aging in Rhode Island. The event was also attended by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Representative Eileen
06/08/2016 14:15 EDT
In early May, municipal leaders and public safety personnel from 14 communities across Rhode Island stood with me at the State House to send a strong and unified message to the General Assembly: The time to act on regionalization is now. We have been talking for far too long in Rhode Island...

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Department of Health

07/20/2016 19:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Sisson Pond in Portsmouth because of a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm
07/19/2016 17:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Melville Pond in Portsmouth because of a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can...
07/05/2016 17:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are warning the public of possible exposure to rabies after an animal bit several customers at a Walmart in Westerly (258 Post Road) on July 4 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Anyone who...

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Department of Transportation

07/21/2016 13:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to activate a temporary traffic signal at the Metro Center Boulevard Bridge that carries Metro Center Boulevard over the Airport Connector in Warwick on Friday, July 22. Since May 16, only northbound traffic was permitted to...
07/14/2016 09:15 EDT
The Providence-Newport ferry service continues to prove popular with Rhode Islanders and visitors alike, and has sold more than 5,000 tickets in its first 12 days, providing passengers a unique and convenient transportation option to one of Rhode Island's most popular summer destinations....
07/11/2016 16:45 EDT
Effective Wednesday, July 13, motorists who travel on Route 1 (Post Road) in a 1.6 mile stretch, just south of Camp Avenue to Route 1A (West Main Street) in North Kingstown, will experience a new traffic pattern. This proven safety measure is being implemented by the Rhode Island Department of...

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Office of the Attorney General

07/22/2016 14:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Huber Urizar (age 41), of Providence, pleaded nolo contendere today before Superior Court Magistrate John J. Flynn to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses for collecting more than $10,500 in unemployment insurance benefits while he...
07/21/2016 15:30 EDT
Please note: An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation. The U.S. Constitution guarantees that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode
07/20/2016 16:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today Troy Footman (age 54), of Boston, was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl to a total of 85 years to serve for the sex trafficking of a teenage girl. Footman was found guilty in July 2015 of two counts of sex trafficking a minor,...

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Office of the Secretary of State

07/21/2016 11:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - At a press conference in the State House Library today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea demonstrated the state's new voting systems to Governor Raimondo, legislative leaders, elections officials and community representatives. "Voting equipment is Democracy's infrastructure.
07/06/2016 10:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today celebrated the passage of the 2016 Lobby Reform Act during a State House Library ceremony where Governor Raimondo signed the bill into law. Gorbea championed the legislation, introduced by Representative Jacquard and Senator Lynch Prata, in
07/01/2016 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Have you ever seen a copy of the Declaration of Independence in person? Do you know what George Washington's handwriting looks like? In 1776, the fight for independence and the birth of our nation forever changed the international landscape. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea...

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Office of the General Treasurer

07/20/2016 10:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the successful launch of the improved CollegeBound program, Rhode Island's 529 college savings plan. The strengthened 529 college savings plan features lower fees, a wider array of investment options and improved customer service...
07/18/2016 11:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced his selection of David Zuller to serve as the program administrator of Rhode Island Treasury's Crime Victims Compensation Program. Zuller, a police officer with significant management experience, will direct the program that...
07/11/2016 15:00 EDT
Providence, RI – The Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner reunited 8,860 people with $11.7 million in unclaimed property in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. "At the Treasurer's Office, we work hard every day to reunite Rhode Islanders with money and other unclaimed...

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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

07/14/2016 09:00 EDT
State funding for the arts contributes significantly to Rhode Island's economy and quality of life, according to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) as it announced its first round of grant awards for the 2016-2017 season. Grant recipients in 2015 reported that over $134 million was...
06/22/2016 11:00 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, in cooperation with Virtual Cape Verde, announces the first annual Cape Verdean Art Exhibit in the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, the art gallery in the Powers Administration Building on State Street in Providence. The exhibit runs from June 13th -...
06/13/2016 12:30 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by May Babcock will be held from June 2nd through July 28th, 2016 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in...

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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

02/08/2016 12:45 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – February 5, 2016 The Rhode Island Department of Corrections will resume the selection process for Correctional Officer Trainees that began in October 2013. Within the next few weeks those who took the entrance exams in 2013 will receive letters providing them with their exam...
12/08/2015 10:45 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. – December 8, 2015 – Effective December 14, 2015 Jhomphy Ventura will assume his role as the new Chief of Information and Public Relations for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Jhomphy has years of experience in communications and public relations having worked in both...
10/07/2015 21:45 EDT
CRANSTON, R.I. – October 2, 2015 On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) held its first ever health fair for incarcerated men. The fair, a collaboration between the RIDOC Health Care Services Unit, the John J. Moran Medium Security facility, the Damiano...

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