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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

09/27/2016 10:15 EDT
Office of Innovation launches Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Responding to concerns college students have raised about the rising cost of textbooks being a barrier to a degree, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new challenge today, led by the Governor's Office of...
09/21/2016 11:00 EDT
Less than 45 percent of Rhode Islanders currently have degrees Seven out of 10 jobs created in Rhode Island in coming years will require a degree beyond a high school diploma PROVIDENCE, RI - Standing next to Community College of Rhode Island students who have benefitted from the Rhode...
09/20/2016 12:45 EDT
Prepare RI program doubles in first year state covers cost PROVIDENCE, RI - Thanks to the Prepare RI initiative that Governor Gina M. Raimondo launched last year, the number of students enrolled in courses that earned both high school and college credit more than doubled in the 2015-16 school...
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Department of Revenue

09/27/2016 15:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2016 Cash Collections Report for June 2016. 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...
09/21/2016 15:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. --The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2016 Special Report on Preliminary Revenues. This report provides a detailed look at FY 2016 preliminary revenues as provided in the Controller's Preliminary General Fund Revenue Report for FY 2016 and compares these...
09/08/2016 10:30 EDT
Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2016 State 5.0 Percent Hotel Tax Collections Report for April 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...
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Lt. Governor's Office

09/24/2016 09:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee was joined today by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard...
09/02/2016 14:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today, Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee notified the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission that he opposes National Grid's proposal to increase gas pipeline capacity at the expense of Rhode Island electric customers. Through Docket 4627, National Grid is seeking permission...
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...

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Department of Health

09/21/2016 13:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) received confirmation September 20 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Rhode Island in 2016. A 49-year-old Pawtucket resident was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis caused by WNV...
09/16/2016 15:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Mashapaug Pond in Providence due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can...
09/12/2016 09:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) are advising people to avoid contact with St. Mary's Pond in Portsmouth and South Easton Pond in Middletown because of blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms in those ponds. Blue-

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Department of Transportation

09/21/2016 11:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will start work on the McCormick Quarry Bridge in East Providence on Friday, September 23, 2016. As with the recently replaced East Shore Expressway Bridge, this process involves an 80-hour rapid replacement. The McCormick Quarry Bridge...
09/09/2016 08:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today released final ridership statistics for its seasonal ferry service, from its inaugural launch on Friday, July 1 through its final run on Labor Day weekend. The service proved extremely successful with a total of 33,221 passenger trips on...
09/08/2016 12:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that starting tomorrow night, Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m., it will begin an 80-hour rapid bridge replacement for the East Shore Expressway Bridge in East Providence. This innovative approach lets RIDOT shave a year off the...

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Office of the Attorney General

09/27/2016 13:45 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Melody Vieira (age 48), of North Providence, pleaded nolo contendere yesterday before Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Procaccini to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500 for collecting more than $20,000 in unemployment...
09/22/2016 16:12 EDT
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and 35 other attorneys general today filed an antitrust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction, over allegations that the companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors and cause...
09/22/2016 15:00 EDT
Below please find a statement by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin on the passing of Henry Shelton: "Rhode Island has lost one of its greatest advocates for the poor and social justice. With the founding of the George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton set out to make an impact on his community by...

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Office of the Secretary of State

09/01/2016 14:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is reminding Rhode Island voters to be prepared for the state primaries scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. Voters should use the Department of State's Voter Information Center (VIC) at vote.ri.gov to find their polling place and preview their...
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....

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Office of the General Treasurer

09/26/2016 11:15 EDT
While sitting at the kitchen table one morning in 2004, the Walsh family saw an ad in the newspaper announcing a contest, sponsored by Rhode Island Treasury's CollegeBound program, asking students to draw a picture about saving for college. Mackenzie Walsh, who was in first grade at the time,...
09/15/2016 14:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Facebook, eBay, and the parent company of Google are among the companies at which Rhode Island voted in opposition to management-backed 'say on pay' proposals. "My job as Treasurer is to deliver strong financial performance for the state's pension fund. When the companies we...
09/08/2016 12:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) achieved positive investment returns in July, earning 2.37% as its fund balance increased by more than $150 million to $7.65 billion. "The Employees Retirement System achieved positive performance in July through a...

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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

09/26/2016 15:15 EDT
The GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2017 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...
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...

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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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