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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

06/22/2017 17:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has made the following statement regarding the proposed Senate Trumpcare Bill: "Congressional Republicans are trying to pass an immoral piece of legislation and they're hoping that no one notices. The Affordable Care Act is working in Rhode Island....
06/15/2017 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement today upon release of the May 2017 jobs report: "Two and a half years ago, we started the difficult work to get Rhode Island's economy moving again. For most of the year before I took office, our unemployment rate was...
06/12/2017 11:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed and Goldman Sachs Executive Vice President John F.W. Rogers today celebrated the first graduation of the 10,000 Small Businesses program in Rhode Island, which expands access to capital and provides practical business education for...
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Department of Revenue

06/27/2017 08:45 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) today released its FY 2017 Revenue Assessment Report for May 2017. 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
06/08/2017 07:45 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for January 2017. 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...
06/05/2017 07:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for January 2017. The Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the collections from the state's local 1.0 percent
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Lt. Governor's Office

06/22/2017 15:00 EDT
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – On Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., Lt. Governor Dan McKee and Stephen Lombardi of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will host a televised small business forum at Finn's Harborside, 38 Water Street, East Greenwich. The evening will begin with networking from 5:30
05/25/2017 11:00 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, Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn and other state officials for
05/24/2017 16:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- This afternoon, Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee held a press conference to call for action on his Ratepayer Protection Legislative Package that would improve customer service levels to electric ratepayers and lower energy costs for Rhode Island small businesses and residential...

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Department of Health

06/26/2017 16:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is joining leading HIV prevention organizations in Rhode Island in urging Rhode Islanders between 13 and 64 years of age to get tested at one of three free or low-cost HIV testing events on Tuesday June 27th, National HIV Testing Day. Everyone...
06/12/2017 13:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is investigating a cluster of five cases (four cases in May and one in February) of human illness due to Salmonella Braenderup linked to exposure to backyard chicks. Rhode Islanders are reminded to practice good hygiene around live poultry to protect...
05/31/2017 18:15 EDT
Hundreds of Rhode Island teenagers held a Kick Butts Zombie Walk and mannequin challenge across Providence today to call on leaders to up the age to buy tobacco products in any form to 21, and to take additional steps to help prevent tobacco-related disease and deaths. The event, which...

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Department of Transportation

06/27/2017 12:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the upcoming closure of the Mussey Brook Bridge, which carries traffic on Route 126 (Old River Road) in Lincoln. The bridge is scheduled to be closed on Wednesday, July 5 and will remain closed until the end of this year. The...
06/27/2017 11:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced the next phase of work on the replacement of the structurally deficient Central Street Bridge, which carries local traffic on Route 5/Central Street over Route 146, close to the Massachusetts border in North Smithfield. This work...
06/22/2017 13:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is encouraging Rhode Islanders to leave their cars at home for the daily trip to work, catching a flight, or a visit to the capital city by making in-state travel free on trains between Wickford Junction, T.F. Green and Providence stations....

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Office of the Attorney General

06/28/2017 17:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Troy Lake Simonds (age 28), of Westerly, was found guilty today of one count of assault with a dangerous weapon after a six-day, jury-waived trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Melanie Wilk Thunberg. During the course of the trial,...
06/27/2017 10:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that three individuals recently pleaded to unemployment insurance benefit fraud totaling more than $26,000. To date this year, the Office has secured $ 492,096 in court-ordered restitution from those convicted of unemployment insurance fraud. "Time...
06/21/2017 17:00 EDT
Legislation places deadly synthetic opioids on Schedule 1 and Schedule II Lists of Controlled Substances Legislation heads to Governor for signature With passage today by the Rhode Island General Assembly, legislation filed at the request of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin that places...

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Office of the Secretary of State

06/28/2017 01:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today key measures that will clean up Rhode Island's voter rolls. "When I ran for Secretary of State, I told Rhode Islanders that having clean voter lists was critical to preserving the integrity of our elections and ensure that...
06/27/2017 10:45 EDT
"Melissa Long is a devoted public servant who has decades of legal and administrative experience working to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders. I am grateful for her thoughtfulness and leadership as Deputy Secretary of State and know that our state will benefit from her temperament and deep...
06/09/2017 16:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced that 7 Rhode Islanders have filed to run for Senate District 13. They are: Michael Smith, Republican David Allard, Democrat Dawn Euer, Democrat John Florez, Democrat David Hanos Jr., Democrat Kimberly Ripoli, Independent...

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Office of the General Treasurer

06/20/2017 14:45 EDT
With just three years until the 2020 Census and a leadership vacuum at the U.S. Census Bureau, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner has joined a bipartisan coalition of 12 city and state comptrollers and treasurers from across the United States asking the federal government to ensure that...
06/15/2017 11:00 EDT
Stakeholders, members of the business community, and government officials from across Rhode Island testified in support of General Treasurer Seth Magaziner's Healthy Local Pensions (HELP) Act before the House Finance Committee yesterday. The legislation (H 6030) will make it easier for cities and...
06/13/2017 16:30 EDT
General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today commended the Rhode Island Senate for unanimously voting to expand state's Crime Victim Compensation Program to include support for minors who witness homicides or domestic violence. "It is estimated that children are present for over a third of the...

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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

06/07/2017 16:15 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by Bonnie Schultz Platzer is on exhibit from May 31 through July 25, 2017 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island...
05/18/2017 12:00 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition is on display at TF Green Airport. At the GREEN SPACE Gallery, an exhibit entitled OBJECT OF AFFECTION featuring works by Craig Crawford, Sherie Harkins and Mary Jameson is on display from May 17 through...
04/19/2017 13:45 EDT
More than $1 billion in compensation was paid to Rhode Islanders involved in the arts and cultural production sector in 2014, according to a new study released today through a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic...

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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

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
09/12/2012 08:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections will hold a training for its adult probation and parole staff, adult counselors, and partners from community service agencies on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation on Friday, September 14, at the Philip W. Noel Judicial Complex (Kent County...
08/30/2012 14:45 EDT
On Tuesday, September 2nd, Lloyd Hedges will enter his 51st year of service as a Correctional Officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Colleagues, family, and friends will honor Lloyd at a celebration of this important anniversary on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the...

Department of Corrections Web site

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