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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

03/05/2015 15:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her intent to nominate Kate Blacklock, Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Michelle Kwan and Lorén Spears to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Raimondo will submit these names for consideration to the Rhode Island State Senate for...
03/05/2015 11:30 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her intent to nominate three new members to the Governor's Workforce Board. Raimondo submitted the following names for consideration to the Rhode Island State Senate for confirmation: ⢠Suzanna "Suzy" Alba of Smithfield (...
03/03/2015 17:15 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her intent to nominate Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott as the next Director of the Department of Health. Raimondo will submit Dr. Alexander-Scott's name for consideration to the Rhode Island State Senate for confirmation. "Healthy Rhode...
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Department of Revenue

03/03/2015 15:30 EST
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The...
03/02/2015 09:15 EST
ORA released its reports of FY 2015 local 1% hotel tax collection and meal and beverage tax collection. These reports compare local collections of both taxes by community on a month-to-month, year-over-year, and fiscal year-to-date over fiscal year-to-date basis. The report notes that a filing...
02/26/2015 04:30 EST
ORA released the FY 2015 Monthly and YTD Cash Collections Report for January 2015. This report compares cash collections on a monthly and fiscal year-to-date basis in FY 2015 to cash collections on the same bases in FY 2014. This report is a complement to the monthly Revenue Assessment Report....
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Lt. Governor's Office

03/04/2015 13:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee rallied today with members of the charter public school and independent public school communities to call on legislators to protect fair funding for all Rhode Island public school students. McKee joined with a few hundred students, parents and...
02/27/2015 13:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo on Thursday appointed a diverse group of health care professionals, patient advocates, businesspeople and other policy leaders to address the structural challenges facing Rhode Island's Medicaid system. Rhode Island has the opportunity to deliver better...
02/19/2015 10:45 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee will lead an effort to help cities and towns share services and reduce costs under an executive order signed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo. The Feb. 13 executive order empowers the Lieutenant Governor to develop, in consultation with cities and...

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Department of Health

03/04/2015 16:15 EST
PROVIDENCE â Michael Fine, M.D., director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Conclusion of Widespread Influenza Period Statewide. According to HEALTH's regulations, healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza are no longer required...
03/04/2015 09:15 EST
Approximately $2.15 million of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding awarded to the Rhode Island Department of Health will fund 11 Rhode Island non-profit organizations and local governments to support innovative approaches to preventing chronic diseases, improve birth outcomes and...
03/04/2015 09:15 EST
HEALTH warns Rhode Islanders who purchased Roasted Garlic Sauce, Clam Sauce, Tomato Basil Sauce, Fra-Diavalo Sauce, and Marinara Sauce from D.Palmieri's Bakery on 624 Killingly St in Johnston. These products were not processed properly. There is a potential risk of Clostridium botulinum, a...

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Department of Transportation

02/11/2015 15:30 EST
According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), commuter rail service will be restored to T.F. Green and Wickford Junction this evening. Service will resume with the 813 train, set to depart Providence at 5:23 p.m. The following outbound trains will run according to MBTA's...
02/10/2015 20:30 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority announced that expanded bus service will be offered to T.F. Green and Wickford Junction to offset limited commuter rail service in Rhode Island, tomorrow, February 11. According to the Massachusetts Bay...
01/14/2015 09:45 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is inviting local middle and high school teachers to participate in a hands-on TRAC (Transportation and Civil engineering) training. TRAC provides educators with tools such as lesson plans, software, and building materials to assist them in...

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Office of the Attorney General

03/05/2015 12:45 EST
Companies Involved in Scrap Metal Recycling Operation along Providence Waterfront on Allens Avenue Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin filed a complaint in Superior Court yesterday against two companies for environmental violations...
03/03/2015 12:45 EST
Former Speaker Fox faces three years in federal prison Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, 53, of East Providence, has waived federal indictment and is expected to plead guilty in federal court to a three-count Information charging him with wire fraud, bribery and filing a false tax
02/27/2015 12:30 EST
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Carnell Marrow (age 37), of Providence, pled nolo contendere yesterday before Superior Court Magistrate John F. McBurney for failure to register as a sex offender. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Marrow was sentenced to 10 years with eight...

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Office of the Secretary of State

03/04/2015 18:45 EST
First meeting to take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10AM Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has convened a Lobbying Advisory Task Force that will help guide efforts to strengthen and clarify Rhode Island's lobbying laws and regulations while ensuring transparency. "The state's lobbying...
03/02/2015 08:15 EST
I join all Rhode Islanders in mourning the passing of Rhode Island State Senator Mike Lenihan and celebrating his key contributions to our great state. As one of his former constituents, I hold dear memories of our interactions. He encouraged me, and so many others like me, to get involved in civic
02/26/2015 14:30 EST
Today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea's Transition Committee released its report, "Restart Rhode Island." The Committee, chaired by Arianne Corrente and consisting of 12 prominent business, civic and non-profit leaders from across Rhode Island, has outlined 20 key recommendations designed to...

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Office of the General Treasurer

01/05/2015 18:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Treasurer-Elect Seth Magaziner today announced several additions to his State House staff. Shana Autiello will serve as Director of Communications. Autiello currently works at Matter Communications where she develops and implements public relations campaigns for corporate...
12/31/2014 08:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Treasurer-Elect Seth Magaziner today announced the hiring of two key members of his Treasury staff. Patrick Marr will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Treasurer for Operations. Marr currently serves as a Project Manager in the Office of Digital Excellence for the...
12/09/2014 14:00 EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Treasurer-Elect Seth Magaziner today announced the hiring of two key members of his Treasury staff. Andrew Roos will serve as Magaziner's Chief of Staff. Andrew Roos has served as Chief of Staff to Treasurer Raimondo since early 2013. Prior to that, Roos worked for...

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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 that...
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 of...

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State Council on the Arts

03/03/2015 11:00 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and VSA arts of Rhode Island will hold the 10th Annual State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest for high school students, on Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1 p.m. at The Metcalf Auditorium of RISD Museum of Art's Chace Center....
01/26/2015 08:45 EST
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that two new art exhibitions are opening at the state's airports. The Block Island Airport Gallery will present works by Aleksandar Baba-Vulic from January 22 through May 28, 2015, while GREEN SPACE at T.F. Green Airport will...
01/15/2015 12:15 EST
Rhode Island schools, organizations, community centers and artists were awarded $139,877 in the December 2014 round of grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The Arts Council's board approved the awarding of these grants at its December meeting in Warren. These grants will go to...

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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,...

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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

02/20/2015 14:15 EST
CRANSTON â February 19, 2015 - On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Prison PUP Partnership Program at the John J. Moran Medium Security...
12/09/2014 10:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â September 3, 2014 â On Tuesday, August 12th, Corrections Director Ashbel T. Wall, II will presented Taylor Campbell with a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship Award on behalf of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA. The annual award is available to children of...
12/09/2014 10:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â November 25, 2014 â Effective Monday, November 17, 2014 Cory Cloud became the new Departmental Grievance Coordinator for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC). As Grievance Coordinator Cory will be responsible for the coordination of inmate grievances in the RIDOC; to

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