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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

06/23/2016 17:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Fifteen years after the passage of gender expression protections in Rhode Island, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that the state employee health plan will cover gender transition services. In May 2001, Rhode Island became the second state in the country to...
06/23/2016 10:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today swore-in Rossie Lee Harris, Jr., the new Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court. "Rossie has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to strengthening families," Raimondo said. "In his new role, I know he will continue to serve our families with...
06/21/2016 17:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today swore-in Judge Michael Forte, the new Chief Judge of the state Family Court. "Judge Forte has demonstrated a clear vision for assisting families during their most difficult times," Raimondo said. "I am proud to swear-in today someone of the...
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Department of Revenue

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...
06/16/2016 10:15 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2015 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for March 2016 today. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the...
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Lt. Governor's Office

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...
05/25/2016 10:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was joined today by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, and other state officials for the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the...

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Department of Health

06/23/2016 12:15 EDT
As a part of efforts to build healthier, thriving communities across Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is joining leading HIV prevention organizations in urging Rhode Islanders between 13 and 64 years of age to get tested at one of four free or low-cost HIV testing events...
06/21/2016 15:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are lifting the public health advisory that had been put in place for Scott Pond in Lincoln because of a cyanobacteria bloom. The cyanobacteria bloom was identified in April. Samples
06/07/2016 09:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is releasing the latest data today on confirmed accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island. The data are from January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. The data are available by clicking the link below.

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Department of Transportation

06/21/2016 11:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be working to improve pedestrian safety and mobility at the heavily traveled intersection of Francis Street and Memorial Boulevard in the City of Providence, with preliminary construction activities, such as the installation of temporary...
06/20/2016 15:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it intends to bring back the train service to the annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show in 2017, providing an alternative way to get to one of Rhode Island's most popular and most attended events of the...
06/16/2016 16:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) tonight will be performing repairs on a support system in use at the Huntington Viaduct Bridge in Providence, one of many bridges that makes up the Route 6-10 interchange that's in a state of advanced deterioration. Based on the findings the...

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Office of the Attorney General

06/23/2016 14:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Brittney Lusiak (age 24) and Hailey Lusiak (age 21), both of Woonsocket, were arrested for multiple charges of Medicaid fraud. Both defendants are charged with five counts of medical assistance fraud and one count of obtaining money under...
06/22/2016 16:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Matthew Marcotte (age 23), of Rehoboth, MA, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Justice William Carnes to one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit felony assault for the February 10, 2015 stabbing death of 53 year-old...
06/22/2016 14:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Curtis "Kellogg" Maxie (age 60), of Pawtucket, was sentenced today by Superior Court Justice Netti C. Vogel to 85 years to serve for trafficking and sexual assault, and an additional 15 years to serve as a habitual offender. In addition, Maxie is...

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Office of the Secretary of State

06/21/2016 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding those looking to run for office in the State of Rhode Island that they must officially file a Declaration of Candidacy form on June 27, 28 or 29 in order to become eligible to appear on this year's ballot. Along with this year's...
06/02/2016 16:45 EDT
"Today, the Senate voted to approve the House version of the Lobby Reform Act (H.7388 Substitute A), which now will be sent to the Governor. When I first entered office, I identified the need for a comprehensive reform of the state's lobbying laws. This legislation is the result of our efforts to...
06/02/2016 10:00 EDT
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding registered voters, especially those who voted in the April Presidential Preference Primary, to check their party affiliation ahead of the disaffiliation deadline on June 15. "Many independent voters headed to the polls in April, but those voters...

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Office of the General Treasurer

06/24/2016 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today provided the following statement regarding funding in the signed FY2017 State budget for stronger debt management and oversight: "I thank Governor Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed...
06/21/2016 14:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced his selections of Francis J. Quinn as the State of Rhode Island's first Debt Manager, and Tim Nguyen as the state pension system's Interim Chief Investment Officer. Quinn is a senior banker with more than 30 years of experience in
06/21/2016 10:30 EDT
Warwick, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joined with Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian to celebrate the opening of Ascensus College Savings' new Warwick office. The opening of the Warwick office brings 35 jobs to Rhode Island and will be used to administer Rhode...

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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

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...
06/13/2016 12:30 EDT
The gallery space at the Block Island Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2017 exhibitions. The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, to promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery at the Block...

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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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