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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

04/24/2018 12:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - One day after the Federal Communications Commission rescinded federal net neutrality regulations, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order protecting a free and open internet in Rhode Island. "A free and open internet is essential to our democracy and economy," said...
04/23/2018 17:30 EDT
Board awards 3 vouchers to R.I. Manufacturers to help fund R&D PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation tonight approved three Innovation Vouchers, bringing the total amount of Innovation Voucher recipients to 50. All...
04/18/2018 10:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 20th 2018 in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush. "Barbara
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Department of Revenue

04/19/2018 09:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2018 Local 1.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for December 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...
04/19/2018 09:30 EDT
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 January 2018. The Local 1.0 Percent Meal and Beverage Tax Collections Report compares the collections from the state's local 1.0 percent meal and...
04/18/2018 09:15 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) today released its FY 2018 Revenue Assessment Report for March 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...
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Lt. Governor's Office

04/06/2018 14:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching Rhode Island's first Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge, a business pitch competition that encourages entrepreneurial-minded high school students to compete for thousands of dollars in post-secondary scholarships. The Challenge begins...
04/02/2018 13:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, Lt. Governor Dan McKee issued the following statement on the Census Bureau's only full "trial run" taking place in Providence County. "As a former Mayor, I always find it deeply troubling when the federal or state government shortsightedly issues mandates without...
03/29/2018 13:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – In a letter sent to the Division of Public Utilities & Carriers last week, Lt. Governor Dan McKee announced his plan to propose legislation that will further protect Rhode Island consumers who are doing business with alternate electric suppliers while protecting potential...

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Department of Health

04/16/2018 16:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company is recalling all of its Vuse Vibe power units. The recall was initiated after the company received complaints about malfunctioning batteries, which may cause the power unit to overheat and create a...
04/16/2018 15:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers, food establishment managers, and retailers to take specific precautions related to lettuce as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to respond to a multi-state E. Coli outbreak. Evidence collected to...
04/13/2018 16:00 EDT
The Wilbur and McMahon School, located at 28 Commons in Little Compton, is required to issue a precautionary boil water notice to its customers because the water system is performing repairs on the pipes. Customers should boil vigorously for at least one minute all water used for human consumption,

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Department of Transportation

04/19/2018 10:15 EDT
Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. marked the start of construction season today with a groundbreaking for repairs to the Horton Farm Bridge in East Providence. The Horton Farm Bridge, which carries the East Shore Expressway to I-195...
04/10/2018 13:00 EDT
New traffic pattern goes into effect this week The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started repairs to the structurally deficient Big River Bridge, which carries Route 3 (Nooseneck Hill Road) over the Big River in West Greenwich. It is located about a half mile south of the...
04/10/2018 10:30 EDT
National recognition week is April 9-13 Spring is here, and with it comes a sharp increase of the number of men and women out on the roads, fixing potholes, clearing drains, resurfacing streets, building bridges and working on many other projects. It's also a time when motorists are encouraged

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Office of the Attorney General

04/19/2018 15:00 EDT
A bi-partisan coalition of 20 state attorneys general, including Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, submitted a letter today urging Congress to oppose the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018, which would strip away protections against debt collection attorneys who...
04/19/2018 10:00 EDT
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Special Assistant Attorney General Diane Daigle, chief of the Elder Abuse Unit for the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, were featured speakers in two national training seminars on the topics of finding justice for elders and preventing...
04/13/2018 15:45 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Dari Garcia (age 28), of Providence, was sentenced today by Superior Court Justice Netti C. Vogel to two consecutive life sentences, with 125 years to serve consecutive to that, for his role in the August 17, 2014 home invasion and murder of...

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Office of the Secretary of State

04/11/2018 11:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today briefed political and civic leaders on improvements made in elections administration and cybersecurity ahead of the 2018 election season. "I am working to improve access to the ballot box while protecting the integrity of every vote,"
03/23/2018 16:45 EDT
"As Secretary of State improving access to the ballot-box and protecting the integrity of every vote are top priorities. Earlier today, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, that includes $380 million of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, was signed into law by the President. This...
03/19/2018 14:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has released the official 2018 How to Run for Office Guide to assist those planning to run for elected office in Rhode Island. The guide provides would-be candidates with the necessary steps, deadlines, and eligibility requirements to run for...

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Office of the General Treasurer

04/16/2018 14:45 EDT
Treasurer Magaziner tomorrow will convene the fourth meeting of the Rhode Island Financial Empowerment Roundtable, bringing together stakeholders from government, non-profits, education, businesses, and banking to network and share ideas on how to expand financial empowerment in the Ocean State.
04/03/2018 10:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Treasurer Magaziner will kick off a month-long series of events across the State to highlight the importance of financial literacy in Rhode Island, in recognition of Financial Literacy Month. "Economic prosperity is directly tied to empowering ourselves and our families with...
03/28/2018 16:15 EDT
Following a 15-month period of growth, global stock markets posted a 4.07 percent loss in the month of February. During this volatility, the Back to Basics investment strategy brought stability to Rhode Island's pension fund, resulting in a -2.64 percent return on the month, outperforming 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

09/12/2017 15:30 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 10:45 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 15:00 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...

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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

09/12/2012 08:30 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 08:30 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 14:45 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...

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