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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

08/17/2016 15:00 EDT
Issues Statewide "Drought Advisory" to Raise Awareness of Dry Conditions PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo is issuing a statewide "Drought Advisory," based on indicators and assessments from the state's Drought Steering Committee. "Rhode Islanders should be aware the state will...
08/09/2016 16:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Representative Jan P. Malik, Senator Walter S. Felag, Jr., Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn, and Brigadier General Christopher Callahan, Adjutant General of the state of Rhode Island, today ceremonially signed several new bills to...
08/04/2016 18:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today swore in Brian A. Goldman, the new Judge of the state District Court. "I am happy to be appointing a Judge who is not only a skilled and experienced lawyer, but is also a veteran who has served his country," Raimondo said. "Judge Goldman will...
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Department of Revenue

08/24/2016 10:30 EDT
Providence, R.I.-- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2015 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for April 2016. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report compares the collections from the state's local 1.0 percent meal and...
08/24/2016 10:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2015 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for May 2016. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report compares the collections from the state's local 1.0 percent meal and...
07/21/2016 09:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue released its FY 2016 Cash Collections Report for May 2016 today. The Cash Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares current fiscal year cash collections by revenue item on a fiscal year-to-date and monthly basis to...
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Lt. Governor's Office

08/25/2016 14:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee issued the following statement on the release of Rhode Island's PARCC scores: "While today's PARCC results show some positive movement, it is clear that we must do more. We must set higher expectations and measure those expectations in the...
07/11/2016 12:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was named Chairman of the National Lt. Governors Association (NLGA) last Friday morning at the group's annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As Chairman, Lt. Governor McKee will lead the association's 17-person Executive Committee in directing
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

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Department of Health

08/19/2016 17:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Watson Reservoir in Little Compton, Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth, and North Easton Pond in Middletown because of blue-green algae (or...
08/19/2016 17:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising the public to avoid contact with Warwick Pond in Warwick due to a probable blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can release toxins that...
08/17/2016 15:00 EDT
Rhode Island now has two accredited public health entities—the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Brown University School of Public Health—which have launched a new academic partnership aimed at building healthy communities and creating a hub of public health research and innovation...

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Department of Transportation

08/24/2016 17:30 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will reopen the existing truck rest area along I-95 North, located between Exits 2 and 3. The rest area will provide additional safe parking for truck drivers, who must comply with federal regulations that limit the...
08/23/2016 13:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is investing in much-needed repairs to 1.3 miles of roadway in the villages of Wakefield and Peace Dale in South Kingstown. Work is now underway with the initial task involving the installation of new drainage structures along a section of...
08/22/2016 15:30 EDT
During construction of the Apponaug Circulator project in Warwick, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has been phasing in the new traffic patterns. Motorists are about to encounter another change on Wednesday, August 24 as RIDOT is scheduled to remove a traffic signal and open a...

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Office of the Attorney General

08/24/2016 14:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that two individuals pleaded nolo contendere yesterday to unemployment insurance benefit fraud with court-ordered restitution in excess of $34,000. "To date in calendar year 2016, we have successfully prosecuted 20 cases of unemployment insurance...
08/17/2016 14:15 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Richard Dinitto (age 58), of Glocester, pleaded nolo contendere today before Superior Court Justice Kristin E. Rodgers to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses for collecting $14,603 in unemployment insurance benefits while he was working.
08/17/2016 10:45 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that two individuals pleaded nolo contendere yesterday to unemployment insurance benefit fraud with court-ordered restitution in excess of $14,000. Jonathan Flores, aka Jonathan Torres, (age 27), of Pawtucket pleaded nolo contendere before Superior...

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Office of the Secretary of State

08/11/2016 09:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Eligible Rhode Islanders who have not registered to vote yet will receive a postcard this week from Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea urging them to register so they can vote in elections this fall. The postcards provide information to Rhode Islanders on how to check their voter...
08/03/2016 11:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will give voters a test drive of their new voting machines in a series of voter outreach events throughout Rhode Island. Voters across the state will cast their votes with the new voting equipment starting with the September 13 Primary election....
07/21/2016 11:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - At a press conference in the State House Library today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea demonstrated the state's new voting systems to Governor Raimondo, legislative leaders, elections officials and community representatives. "Voting equipment is Democracy's infrastructure.

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Office of the General Treasurer

08/22/2016 08:00 EDT
Since July 1, 2016, Unclaimed Property has reunited more than $1.4 million to its rightful owners PROVIDENCE, RI - During the first six weeks of the fiscal year, the Unclaimed Property Division of Rhode Island Treasury has successfully processed over 1,545 claims, returning $1,466,470 back to...
08/11/2016 17:00 EDT
PAWTUCKET, RI – One year after Governor Gina M. Raimondo and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner worked with General Assembly leaders to establish new green finance programs at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), the agency is providing $17.2 million in financing to six communities, with a...
07/20/2016 10:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI -- General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the successful launch of the improved CollegeBound program, Rhode Island's 529 college savings plan. The strengthened 529 college savings plan features lower fees, a wider array of investment options and improved customer service...

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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

08/09/2016 11:15 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a show organized by the East Greenwich Art Club is on display until August 19th at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, the gallery space run by RISCA and located in the State's main administration building. The show,...
08/02/2016 14:30 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by Richard Harrington is on exhibit from July 28 through September 27, 2016 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island...
07/26/2016 09:32 EDT
At a recent meeting of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) board, Elizabeth (Libby) Slader of Narragansett was reelected as its chairman. Slader's reelection places her as leader of the thirteen-member governing board of RISCA, the state agency responsible for support of the arts in

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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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