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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

08/24/2015 16:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo recently appointed Katherine Gutman to The Rhode Island Public Education Advisory Council for Organ and Tissue Donation Registration (Advisory Council). "Our comeback can only be successful if Rhode Islanders are leading healthy, productive lives,"...
08/21/2015 12:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on the announcement of the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate. "I am pleased that Rhode Island's unemployment rate continues to decrease and we are gaining back the jobs that have been lost. While I...
08/17/2015 15:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, along with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and Department of Health (DOH) urges Rhode Islanders to use caution, stay cool, and check on elderly neighbors during periods of extreme heat.
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Department of Revenue

07/29/2015 08:00 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The...
07/29/2015 08:00 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The...
07/28/2015 14:15 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released two reports today—the FY 2015 local 1% hotel tax collection report and the 1% meal and beverage tax collection report. These reports compare local collections of both taxes by community on a month-to-month, year-over-year, and fiscal year-to-date over fiscal
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Lt. Governor's Office

08/18/2015 09:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In response to consistently low ratings on small business friendliness, Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation are launching a collaboration with Thumbtack Inc. to link its network of Rhode Island small businesses with resources, support and...
07/01/2015 17:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee released the following statement after the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to end the "billing adjustment" practice that left thousands of customers with unexpected charges on their bills after they switched to...
06/30/2015 14:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide Wednesday whether to eliminate the so-called "billing adjustment" that has cost National Grid customers about $1.5 million so far this year after they switched to competitive electricity suppliers. As co-chairman of the...

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Department of Health

08/19/2015 12:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force met for the first time today to kick-start the development of a statewide strategy to prevent and treat drug addiction and reverse the rising tide of overdose deaths in Rhode Island. Task force co-...
08/18/2015 15:45 EDT
Providence -- The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Warwick Pond in Warwick due to a detected blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae causes toxins that can harm humans and animals. People
08/07/2015 13:45 EDT
Providence -- The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Sisson Pond and Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth due to a detected blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae causes toxins that can harm

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Department of Transportation

08/24/2015 13:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that effective today, it will assume maintenance and operations of the Wickford Junction commuter rail station in North Kingstown. The move will not only streamline facility operations but also achieve an estimated 10-year savings of $...
08/17/2015 16:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced work is scheduled to begin on the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge replacement project; the bridge, originally built in 1973, carries Dean Street over the Woonasquatucket River in Providence and is one of 230 bridges in the state...
08/07/2015 17:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today the Mineral Spring Avenue Bridge over the Moshassuck River in Pawtucket will be temporarily posted for 18 tons effective this evening. Travel lanes on Mineral Spring Avenue at the bridge will be narrowed, and a truck detour will

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Office of the Attorney General

08/27/2015 16:45 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today filed an Administrative Appeal in Rhode Island Superior Court seeking review of the Rhode Island Office of Health Insurance Commissioner's (OHIC) Decision and Amended Decision increasing rates that can be charged by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island ("...
08/21/2015 10:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General and Verizon Wireless have collaborated to present a $7,500 contribution to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). This donation is in part the result of a month-long cell phone recycling drive led by Attorney General Peter F....
08/20/2015 11:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Kimberly Shaw, age 41, with a last known address of 60 Olive Street, Pawtucket, pleaded nolo contendere before Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers on Tuesday to four counts of first degree child molestation. Under the terms of the plea...

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Office of the Secretary of State

08/19/2015 11:45 EDT
A Special Election for South Kingstown Town Council will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding voters in South Kingstown that the deadline to register to vote in this election is Sunday, August 23. State law requires voters to be registered at...
08/07/2015 15:00 EDT
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has been appointed to lead the National Association of Secretaries of States' Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the 2015-2016 cycle. Gorbea will co-chair the committee with Secretary of State John Merrill of Alabama. The NASS Voter Participation...
08/06/2015 17:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today hosted a bill signing ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to mark the passage of legislation (S 999 and H 6312) authorizing the Secretary of State to purchase modern voting equipment and software. "Fifty years ago today,...

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Office of the General Treasurer

08/26/2015 12:30 EDT
Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel Jeff Padwa will assume the role of acting Chief of Staff for the Rhode Island Treasury starting September 8th. He will replace Andrew Roos, who is pursuing an opportunity in the private sector after serving for two and a half years as Treasury Chief of Staff,...
07/22/2015 17:45 EDT
July 21, 2015 Chair Mary Jo White Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549 RE: Standardized Private Equity Fee Disclosure Dear Chair White: As state Treasurers and Comptrollers, we hereby urge the SEC to require general partners to make...
07/22/2015 16:30 EDT
More than $100 million in savings will be used to fund economic development and school construction PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the results of a successful $175 million General Obligation bond refunding. The debt restructuring will fund economic...

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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

08/24/2015 09:15 EDT
The gallery spaces at the Block Island Airport and T.F. Green Airport are accepting art submissions for their 2016 exhibitions. The gallery program, which includes Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE, is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes...
08/04/2015 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 2015-2016 season. These grants, funded...
06/15/2015 13:00 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the availability of application guidelines for the new State Cultural Facilities Grant Program (SCFG). This program, approved by the voters as a bond initiative in November 2014, will provide $6.5 million in capital improvement...

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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,...

Economic Recovery Web site

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

02/20/2015 15:15 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 11:15 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 11:15 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;

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