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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

02/22/2018 14:15 EST
In the coming years, 70% of jobs in Rhode Island will require education beyond high school. PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Raimondo today released a roadmap for to achieving the ambitious goal she set to have 70% postsecondary attainment in Rhode Island by the year 2025. Together with Chair of the...
02/22/2018 13:00 EST
Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey Enter into Firearm Information-Sharing and Enforcement Agreement to Supplement NICS Database PROVIDENCE, RI-- Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and New Jersey Governor Phil...
02/16/2018 14:30 EST
Rhode Island selected by National Governor's Association as a 'learning lab' state to prevent neonatal withdrawal PROVIDENCE, RI - Following the release earlier this week of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing a 61 percent decrease in post-...
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Department of Revenue

02/19/2018 09:00 EST
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) today released its FY 2018 Revenue Assessment Report for January 2018. 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...
02/15/2018 09:30 EST
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2018 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for November 2017. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report compares the collections from the state's local 1.0 percent meal and...
02/14/2018 10:00 EST
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2018 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for October 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

02/22/2018 09:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee today announced $30,000 in grants secured by his office and the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to update the state's five-year plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation...
02/21/2018 11:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee, joined by members of his Long Term Care Coordinating Council and Alzheimer's Executive Board, will announce new funding secured by the lieutenant governor's office and the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to update the state's five-year plan...
02/08/2018 09:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island House of Representatives are calling for immediate rate relief on energy bills to reflect the reduction in the corporate tax from 35 to 21 percent. In late January, local legislators approved House Resolution 31 that calls on the...

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Department of Health

02/13/2018 17:30 EST
The Westerly Water Department has issued a drinking water warning to its customers because a treatment equipment failure sent excess treatment chemicals into the water supply on Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th. Westerly Water Department customers who have not used their faucets...
02/09/2018 17:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is investigating the occurrence of allergic-type reactions in school students today that are associated with the consumption of kiwi fruit. RIDOH received reports of approximately 34 students experiencing symptoms, including itching of the lips and...
02/04/2018 11:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Stop & Shop in Warwick is issuing a consumer alert regarding deli sliced meat and cheese because of potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. This alert pertains to deli sliced meat and cheese sold between January...

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Department of Transportation

02/22/2018 11:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists of an upcoming weekend closure of Route 146 in North Smithfield early next month. Both Route 146 North and South are scheduled to close at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 2. All lanes will be restored by 10 p.m. on Saturday,...
02/14/2018 13:30 EST
Closures Begin Monday, February 26 As part of the ongoing Route 146 Corridor Bridges Project in North Smithfield, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will simultaneously replace the Woonsocket Hill Road Bridge and rehabilitate the Pound Hill Road Bridge. The bridge...
02/12/2018 12:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced a traffic pattern change at the Victory Highway Bridge, carrying approximately 9,000 vehicles per day on Route 102 (Victory Highway) over I-95 in West Greenwich. Effective Friday, February 16, traffic has shifted to the south side of...

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Office of the Attorney General

02/22/2018 14:45 EST
Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center to Provide Access to Recovery Supports for Youth in Rhode Island who have Substance Use Disorders At a press conference today at the newly-opened Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center in Providence, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin
02/21/2018 15:30 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in urging Congress to pass the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data ("CLOUD") Act that would clarify when law enforcement can obtain email data stored on foreign servers. Attorney General Kilmartin was...
02/20/2018 11:30 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined a coalition of states in opposing an application by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to regain its status as a nationally-recognized accreditor, noting the accreditor's "extreme and far-reaching oversight failures" and...

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Office of the Secretary of State

02/12/2018 10:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is among 11 states receiving the highest grade for elections security in a new report published today by the Center for American Progress. The report, Elections Security in all 50 States – Defending America's Elections, graded states on a number of indicators including
01/10/2018 15:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 8 to fill the seat of former Senator James E. Doyle, II on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Senate District 8 includes the city of Pawtucket. "I appreciate Senator Doyle's...
11/15/2017 16:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized three individuals and two institutions with the 2017 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Erin Lynch Prata of Warwick; Aram Garabedian of Cranston; Shanna Wells of West Warwick; the...

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Office of the General Treasurer

02/16/2018 09:45 EST
Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner yesterday sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in response to Navient Corporation's (NASDAQ: NAVI) attempt to deny shareholders the chance to vote on his proposal requesting that the company provide investors with information on the...
01/31/2018 15:00 EST
State Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced that the Rhode Island pension fund has co-filed a shareholder proposal at McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), one of the largest pharmaceutical distributors in the United States, requesting full disclosure of the pharmaceutical giant's direct and...
01/24/2018 10:15 EST
Rhode Island's pension fund earned more than $1.09 billion from investments in 2017 bringing the fund's value to $8,420,929,978, the highest in more than a decade. "In 2017 we took our investment strategy Back to Basics and delivered strong returns that are helping the pension fund get stronger,"

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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...
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...

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State Council on the Arts

09/12/2017 14:30 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced that the State Native American Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery in One Capitol Hill through Sept 29, 2017. This gallery is located at One Capitol Hill, the State's main administration building on Smith Street in...
08/16/2017 09:45 EDT
The gallery space at the Block Island Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2018 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...
07/27/2017 14:00 EDT
The GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2018 exhibitions. The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The spaces will present...

State Arts Council Web site

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

09/12/2012 07:30 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 07:30 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 13:45 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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