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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

02/15/2017 11:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released a complete and comprehensive analysis which details the challenges and missteps surrounding the launch of Rhode Island's new health and human services eligibility software system. Deloitte delivered Rhode Island a broken system and, as a...
02/10/2017 12:00 EST
State Police to release agency's non-grand jury documents after review PROVIDENCE, RI - Following Judge Michael A. Silverstein's approval this morning of the final settlement in the 38 Studios civil case, Governor Gina M. Raimondo applauded the efforts to recover $61 million and announced that...
02/02/2017 18:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement in honor of Black History Month. "I'm deeply proud to lead our state in celebrating Black History Month and the generations of African-Americans who have made Rhode Island what it is today. "Moving forward,...
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Department of Revenue

02/08/2017 09:30 EST
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report for November 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...
02/07/2017 11:45 EST
Providence, R.I -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for September 2016. 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
02/06/2017 10:45 EST
Providence, R.i -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for September 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...
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Lt. Governor's Office

01/31/2017 08:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow night, Lt. Governor Dan McKee will be joined by local small business owners and lending assistance agencies to discuss access to capital on the fourth episode of McKee's monthly television show, "Advance RI." The show will air at 7:00 p.m. on Cox Channel 13, Verizon...
01/17/2017 16:15 EST
Today, Lt. Governor McKee issued the following statement on Governor Raimondo's Rhode Island Promise Scholarship proposal: "The Rhode Island Promise Scholarship will be a game changer for the local economy. By providing our young adults with an affordable path to a college degree, we are...
12/16/2016 15:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee announced today that Paulette Hamilton will join the Office of the Lieutenant Governor as a Policy Advisor beginning the first week of January 2017. Hamilton will fill a position previously held by Andrew Allsopp. Hamilton brings a wealth of...

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Department of Health

02/06/2017 12:30 EST
As a part of work toward Rhode Island's ambitious 90-90-90 HIV testing and treatment targets, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is encouraging people to take advantage of expanded hours for free, anonymous HIV testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Tuesday, February 7th.
02/06/2017 10:30 EST
As part of a coordinated, statewide effort to address Rhode Island's drug overdose crisis, the North Providence and East Providence Police Departments are working to get naloxone to other municipal police departments whose officers are currently not equipped with the overdose rescue medication.
01/11/2017 15:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today that the flu is "widespread" in Rhode Island, triggering the state's requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers in hospitals and many other types of healthcare facilities to wear surgical masks. "The masking requirement is...

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Department of Transportation

02/07/2017 15:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will begin replacement of the structurally deficient Capron Road Bridge, a bridge that carries local traffic on Capron Road over a tributary of the Woonasquatucket River in Smithfield. The work requires a full closure of the...
02/01/2017 13:30 EST
After sitting on the drawing board for more than 30 years, the replacement for the badly deteriorated and structurally deficient network of bridges at the Route 6-10 interchange in Providence is finally moving forward, as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has initiated a request-
01/30/2017 12:45 EST
Design-build approach to be employed with construction underway by end of 2017. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it is now accepting proposals from construction companies to design and build Rhode Island's newest commuter rail station, strategically...

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Office of the Attorney General

02/16/2017 18:30 EST
Today, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined 15 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit against the Trump Administration's Executive Order on immigration in the Eastern District of New York, which the State of New York has joined. This follows...
02/15/2017 15:45 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Michael Stokes (age 27), of Providence, was found guilty today by a Providence County Superior Court jury of the October 17, 2015 shooting inside the El Tiburon nightclub in Providence. Stokes was found guilty of three counts of assault with a...
02/15/2017 12:15 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Nicola Patalano, age 60, of Cranston, was sentenced today by Superior Court Justice Sarah Taft-Carter to the maximum penalty for the November 2014 beating and killing of his neighbor's Yorkie breed named Missy. Patalano received a sentence...

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Office of the Secretary of State

02/03/2017 12:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – To help commemorate Black History Month, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today opened Bullets and Bulletins: African American Activism in Civil War Era Rhode Island. The exhibition is the first of a four-part series that will explore how activism in Rhode Island has shaped our...
01/25/2017 10:00 EST
"As Rhode Island's Secretary of State, I am working hard to ensure that our elections are fair, fast and accurate. Over the past two years Rhode Island has taken steps to improve the security of our voting systems so that Rhode Island voters can trust the integrity of every vote. We continue to...
12/19/2016 14:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, Rhode Island's Electoral College convened to cast their votes for president and vice president. The four Presidential Electors – Representative Grace Diaz, Frank J. Montanaro, Herbert Claiborne Pell, and L. Susan Weiner – cast their votes for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

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Office of the General Treasurer

02/16/2017 11:45 EST
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today hosted representatives from Rhode Island's small business community, local banks, and credit unions to announce "Bank Local" a community deposit program, moving millions of dollars in state deposits to local banks and credit unions to encourage...
02/06/2017 11:30 EST
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today will meet with Timothy J. Sloan, CEO of Wells Fargo to demand answers following revelations that thousands of Wells Fargo employees illegally opened accounts for bank customers without their permission, charging additional fees to customers and...
01/25/2017 13:45 EST
The state's pension fund earned more than $530 million in investment gains in 2016, the most in the past three years, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner told members of the State Investment Commission at their monthly meeting this morning. The state's 7.4% net return beat its internal benchmark of

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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

02/16/2017 15:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, VSA arts Rhode Island, and the RI Teaching Artists Center will hold the12th Annual State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest for high school students, on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1 p.m. at The Metcalf Auditorium located in...
01/25/2017 09:30 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that two new art exhibitions are on display in Rhode Island's airports. At TF Green's GREEN SPACE Gallery, an exhibit entitled SPECIFICITY is on display from January 12 through May 1, 2017 while the Block Island Airport Gallery is...
01/20/2017 11:00 EST
(Bristol, R.I.) Historic Linden Place, site of a historic house museum and the Bristol Art Museum, hosted the State's announcement yesterday of the latest State Cultural Facilities Grant and State Preservation Grant recipients. The State has awarded close to $3.8 million for capital preservation...

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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,...

Economic Recovery Web site

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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