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GREENLEAF COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER employees voted, 21 to 1, to join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328, on April 6. / COURTESY UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 328

As R.I. cannabis industry grows, so does unionization

As the cannabis industry is poised to expand in Rhode Island, the move to unionize its workers is gaining momentum. The latest example: Workers at...
NEW TAX LEGISLATION could make buying sugary soft drinks costlier in Rhode Island, leading to debate over the measure’s potential positive effects on health and negative effects on the economy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Should Rhode Island lawmakers OK a special tax on bottled and...

Legislation under consideration in the R.I. House and Senate would add a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks,...

Cranston’s Rolfe Square scheduled for major improvements

CRANSTON – Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins recently announced the start of the Rolfe Square revitalization. The improvements to the area of the city include replacement...

Reed visits G-Form after manufacturer recognized for SmartFlex technology

NORTH SMITHFIELD – U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., recently visited manufacturer G-Form LLC, which makes protective gear for athletes. The company, which manufactures equipment to...

Block Island aims to protect shoreline property from development

NEW SHOREHAM – The New Shoreham Town Council and conservancy groups are seeking to purchase about four acres of property near the Great Salt...

Providence City Council reviewing ordinance requiring notice of building demolitions

PROVIDENCE – A new ordinance being reviewed would require a city building official to provide written notice to the district City Council representative when...

Purchase agreement negotiated for Parcel 9 in I-195 Redevelopment District

PROVIDENCE – A one-acre parcel of land in the I-195 Redevelopment District will be sold to Pennrose LLC for development of 131 apartment units,...

State small-business grant program sees 3K applications for 75% of funding...

PROVIDENCE – About one-quarter of the funds set aside for the state’s newly opened small-business grant program would still be up for grabs, assuming...

Apex owners re-up lawsuit against Pawtucket officials

PAWTUCKET – Failed attempts to strike a deal over who develops a key piece of downtown are escalating in court with an amended lawsuit...
BLOCK ISLAND was one of the top 50 most expensive zip codes in New England in 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Visa delays jeopardizing seasonal workforce

PROVIDENCE – There could be a shortage of foreign workers in Rhode Island this summer if the U.S. State Department does not expedite the...

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