Rocky Point

Scott MacKay Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Labor Day 2014, Tough Times For Unions, Workers

As another Labor Day comes and goes, Rhode Island's economy remains sluggish. The unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation.
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It’s Labor Day, time to celebrate workers and labor unions. For this Labor Day  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s  a tough time for workers and organized labor.

In Rhode Island, Labor Day wasn’t always just another day off. It wasn’t always just an excuse for a last  summer day at the beach.  Or a backyard cookout.

A century ago, Labor Day was a time of worker activism. In 1893, after years of agitation by workers and union leaders, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the first Monday in September as a legal, but not a paid, holiday.

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Morning News Podcast
10:31 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Most employers would not be able to ask job applicants about their criminal history under legislation being considered.  The Portsmouth Town Council has banned the feeding of coyotes. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

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RI News
4:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rocky Point to be purchased by the state

The State’s offer to purchase the remaining 82 acres of land at Rocky Point in Warwick for $9.65 million has been approved by the US District Court. 

If there are no appeals after 30 days, the land will be bought using funds from the $10 million Open Space Bond, approved by voters in 2010.

Once the state owns the land it will be developed for public recreation using $2.5 million set aside by Governor Lincoln Chafee in his 2014 budget proposal.