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Truck drivers for Shaw’s supermarkets return to work

WELLS, Maine (AP) – Truck drivers and mechanics for Shaw’s supermarkets are back on the job in New England as the Teamsters and company...

Shaw’s, Star Market truckers go on strike in New England

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Truck drivers for Shaw's supermarkets represented by the Teamsters went on strike Monday, stopping shipments to Shaw's and Star...

Narragansett’s Providence brewery plans Memorial Day weekend launch

PROVIDENCE – Narragansett Beer Co. is aiming to officially open its new brewery here on Memorial Day weekend. The 18,000-square-foot brewery will feature a taproom,...

Local 1% meal and beverage, hotel tax collections decline Y/Y in...

PROVIDENCE – Combined collections of the local 1% meal and beverage and hotel taxes declined 26.2% year over year to $1.7 million, the R.I....

Five Questions With: Andrew Schiff

Andrew Schiff is the CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The need for food increased exponentially over the past year due to...

SBA to open applications for Restaurant Revitalization Fund May 3

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund will begin accepting applications on May 3 at noon, the SBA said Tuesday. Applicants will...
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,...
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...

Fire at poultry farm leaves 3,000 chickens dead

JOHNSTON (AP) – An estimated 3,000 chickens were killed in a fire at a poultry farm in Johnston on Wednesday, the farm’s owners said. Fire...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management is accepting applications for the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act grant program. The department expects to award more than $160,00 in the upcoming grant round.

DEM accepting applications for Local Agriculture & Seafood Act grant program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is accepting grant applications for the growth, development and marketing of local food and seafood in...

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