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Facebook Foundation Turns Corner with Contribution to Newark Contract

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Foundation for Newark’s Future, the organization created to distribute Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools, hasn't exactly set the world ablaze.

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The Real Jersey Comeback

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Analysts, developers, and academicians all saw hopeful signs, however faint, for New Jersey’s economy and housing market, but told a state conference in Atlantic City that the highly suburbanized state is poorly adjusted for longer-term changes.

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Senate Committee Struggles to Gain Traction for Cleaner Vehicles

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Few dispute the notion that New Jersey needs to expand efforts to usher in a new era of cleaner vehicles, a step advocates say will improve air quality and potentially create tens of thousands of well-paying, green jobs.

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Craft Distillers Ask State to Repeal Prohibition-Era Laws

Monday, October 15, 2012

The owner of New Jersey's largest estate winery would like to do it. So would the mayor of Princeton Township. But so far, the only person to open a distillery in post-Prohibition New Jersey is James Yoakum. The 27-year-old Philadelphia real estate broker is waiting final approval to start legally making his Petty's Island Rum and other spirits in a former garage in downtown Camden.

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Grid Operator, Incumbent Power Suppliers, Attempt End-Run Around Consumers

Friday, October 12, 2012

In a step angering officials in New Jersey and Maryland, the regional operator of the nation’s largest power grid is moving to adopt rules that the states say will make it tougher for them to subsidize the new power plants needed to increase reliability and lower costs for consumers.

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Transition and Crisis in New Jersey's Nursing Profession

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Yet even as nurses assume greater responsibilities, the nursing profession is in a double bind. Many older nurses are looking to retire; according to a recent survey they'll do just that when the economy rebounds. Meanwhile, their replacements will likely be in short supply. But the key obstacle to filling the demand is not lack of nursing applicants or potentially qualified candidates — it is a lack of available training.

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More Female Farmers Cropping Up in Garden State

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

After graduating from Cornell University with an ecology degree, Jess Niederer ditched the research lab in favor of a new workspace: New Jersey farmland.

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Waiver Approval Clears Way for Massive Medicaid Reform in NJ

Friday, October 05, 2012

The federal government has approved New Jersey’s request for a complete overhaul of its Medicaid program, a move that will give the state more flexibility in delivering Medicaid, as well as the opportunity to maintain or improve patient care at lower costs.

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NJ's Poorest Kids Are Missing Out on Breakfast

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

It’s a lesson that kids learn at a very early age: start every day with a good breakfast.

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What's Ahead for New Jersey's Solar Sector?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New Jersey’s solar industry is at a crossroads, a somewhat surprising development given its wildly successful record in the past decade.

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Where Are the Banks for NJ's Poor and Elderly?

Monday, October 01, 2012

One in four New Jerseyans either is without a bank account or conducts some or all of his or her finances outside the mainstream banking system, according to a recent report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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Roadwork Ahead: NJ Bill Would Give New Job to Environmental Infrastructure Trust

Friday, September 28, 2012

For years, the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust has earned widespread praise for helping local governments clean up New Jersey’s waterways by issuing low-interest loans to upgrade wastewater treatment plants, not to mention creating a huge amount of jobs in the process.

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NJ Supreme Court Decision Could Make It Tougher to Pursue Polluters

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state must demonstrate a cause-and-effect connection before it holds a suspected polluter responsible for contaminating groundwater or other natural resources, even if a hazardous discharge has occurred.

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Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities Let Seniors Age in Place

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Legislation that would create a pilot program to provide support services in communities with high concentrations of senior citizens has been approved by the Senate Health and Senior Services Committee and goes to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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Shad Resurgence Marks a Cleaner Delaware River

Monday, September 24, 2012

American shad were once so common that East Coast rivers were described as being “black” and “boiling” as tens of millions of fish migrated upstream each spring to spawn. Today, approximately 98 percent of the fish that formed a staple of the Colonial diet have been depleted. In rivers once teeming with shad, a daily catch is sometimes counted in the single digits.

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Cost of Subsidizing Offshore Wind May Have Hit a Downdraft

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The developer of the state’s first offshore wind farm is telling regulatory officials that the project's impact on ratepayers will be significantly lower than a similarly scaled initiative in Rhode Island, which is likely to be the first operating wind farm off the East Coast.

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Getting Out the School Board Vote in the Garden State

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

While the presidential election in November is getting all the headlines, another landmark vote will be taking place on November 6 that is struggling to grab people's attention.

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Food Policy Councils: A New Model for Fighting Hunger and Disease

Friday, September 14, 2012

A handful of anti-hunger advocates in New Jersey have decided that it's time for a new model when it comes to addressing issues of food security.

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NJ Begins Planning for the Next Major Storm

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Warning that extreme weather is here to stay, state regulatory officials yesterday began weighing steps that New Jersey electric utilities should take to improve response times when restoring power to customers.

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NJ Schools Prepare to Implement New Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Jersey’s plans for having a statewide teacher evaluation system in place by 2013-2014 goes full throttle this year, with every school district in the state being required to start putting the key pieces in place.

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