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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

04/15/2016 15:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere and Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro, today recognized one of the first classes of Real Jobs Rhode Island graduates in a ceremony at the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. "We continue to focus...
04/14/2016 17:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on the announcement of the state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate. "Today's jobs report is encouraging. Not since September 1997 has the Rhode Island economy added this many jobs - 2,700 jobs - in one...
04/14/2016 17:00 EDT
Raimondo Announces Women's History Month Essay Contest Winner PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the winner of the Governor for a Day Essay Contest, a Women's History Month initiative. Rhode Island's 2016 Governor for a Day is Sophia Miranda, an 11-year-old student at
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Department of Revenue

04/22/2016 11:15 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 Revenue Assessment Report for March 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...
04/20/2016 09:45 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2015 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for January 2016. 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
04/20/2016 09:45 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 January 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

02/09/2016 10:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee issued the following statement Tuesday on the RhodeWorks road-and-bridge repair proposal: "As House and Senate committees prepare to consider RhodeWorks, I want to reiterate my support for the plan and urge lawmakers to advance it. As the Governor...
01/28/2016 12:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee issued the following statement Thursday on the death of Buddy Cianci: "I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mayor Buddy Cianci, who for so long has been a fixture in Providence, a city he truly loved. The Mayor lifted Providence up in many...
01/27/2016 16:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Administrator Thomas F. Ahern on Wednesday announced the launch of Empower RI, a website to help Rhode Islanders shop for the best electricity prices for their homes and businesses. Empower

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Department of Health

04/28/2016 16:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) advises consumers that Bake Fresh Company of Rhode Island is recalling a particular variety of '7-Eleven Fresh to Go' cookies because they may contain undeclared peanuts. The cookies being recalled are sugar cookies made with M&M chocolate candy,
04/25/2016 13:30 EDT
Frozen Vegetables Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that CRF Frozen Foods is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Listeria was discovered...
04/22/2016 16:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is lifting the Boil-Water Advisory that had been issued for consumers of the SUEZ water system on two streets in Wakefield on April 20th. The advisory had been in effect for consumers on Narragansett Avenue and on Old Tower Hill Road from the Dale...

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Department of Transportation

04/26/2016 13:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) late this week will be closing a portion of Route 102 (Chopmist Hill Road) in order to replace a damaged culvert that carries a stream under Route 102, just south of its intersection with Snake Hill Road, in Glocester. The road closure is...
04/25/2016 09:30 EDT
Governor Gina M. Raimondo joined with Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials today to tour RIDOT's accelerated bridge reconstruction project for the East Shore Expressway and McCormick Quarry bridges in East Providence, two examples of the many deficient bridges which RIDOT is...
04/14/2016 09:30 EDT
Effective Monday, April 18, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be closing the Hopkins Hollow Bridge for repairs for about three weeks. The concrete and stone arch bridge, built back in 1924, carries approximately 200 vehicles per day on Hopkins Hollow Road over Roaring Brook

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Office of the Attorney General

04/27/2016 15:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Nelson Godfrey (age 55), of North Smithfield, pleaded nolo contendre today before Providence Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500 for collecting more than $20,000 in...
04/27/2016 11:45 EDT
Wyeth and Pfizer Agree to Pay $784.6 Million to Resolve Allegations of Underpaying Rebates Owed Under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced today that Rhode Island will share in a $784.6 million dollar settlement reached with Wyeth, a wholly owned...
04/26/2016 14:30 EDT
Popular program returns to Rhode Island on April 30th On Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rhode Islanders are encouraged to drop off their unused and expired prescription drugs at one of more than 25 locations across the state as part of the national Prescription Drug Take Back

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Office of the Secretary of State

04/20/2016 15:15 EDT
Secretary Gorbea urges voters to confirm polling locations and times at sos.ri.gov/vic PROVIDENCE, RI – Thousands of Rhode Islanders will vote on Tuesday, April 26, to elect delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and to signal their choice for either party's Presidential
04/15/2016 10:15 EDT
Secretary Gorbea Encourages Voters to Check their Polling Locations Ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced a new mobile tool available to help voters on Election Day (sos.ri.gov/vic). Eligible voters can now easily check...
04/05/2016 08:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – "It is great to see the Supreme Court of the United States uphold one of the core principles of American democracy – equal representation. As Rhode Island Secretary of State, I applaud the Court's unanimous verdict and share the Court's interpretation as stated by Justice Ginsburg

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Office of the General Treasurer

04/28/2016 15:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- The financial markets reacted favorably today to the State of Rhode Island's first competitive bond sale in a decade, with strong demand for the state's $125.8 million of General Obligation Bonds. Strong demand for the state's first competitive bond sale since 2007 was...
04/20/2016 12:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- Hess Corporation, the Hershey Company, ConocoPhillips, EMC Corporation, and Phillips 66 are among the Fortune 500 companies Rhode Island is expected to oppose at annual shareholder meetings this spring, as the result of an initiative to hold companies that the state pension fund...
04/12/2016 13:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island families planning for the future well-being of a loved one with a disability may be able to access the investment power of a multi-state consortium to invest their money for disability-related expenses, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced today. 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

02/25/2016 11:00 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, VSA arts Rhode Island, and the RI Teaching Artists Center will hold the11th Annual State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest for high school students, on Sunday, March 13, 2016, 1 p.m. at The Metcalf Auditorium of RISD...
01/27/2016 09:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled MODERN ARCHEOLOGY, will be held from January 13 through May 1, 2016 at GREEN SPACE, a gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists....
01/27/2016 09:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by David Zapatka will be held from January 21, 2016 through May 31, 2016 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists

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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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