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Christie criticizes Sweeney, Prieto gas-tax deal

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The state’s Democratic legislative leaders announced Friday they have agreed on a new plan to fund transportation projects by boosting the state’s gas tax and cutting other taxes, a proposal immediately criticized by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office as containing only “vague generalities.”

Sea wall around ACUA plant one of many projects awaiting bill signing

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority plans to build a sea wall around its Atlantic City wastewater treatment plant to protect against future storms and sea level rise, using funds from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.

Judge rules Pleasantville school board needs five votes to hire superintendent

Four votes is not enough for the Pleasantville school board to approve Clarence Alston as its new superintendent, an Atlantic County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Cooling centers announced in Atlantic, Cumberland counties

Ten Atlantic County libraries will be open on Saturday, but all of the branches will be closed Sunday, according to their website. County officials said the libraries are used as cooling centers.

Vineland's Progresso plant to close next summer, despite deep roots

A series of TV commercials bragged about Vineland’s fields and farms as the “home of Progresso” last year. But on Thursday, the owner of that soup brand said it plans to close its Vineland plant next year in a move that will put 370 people out of jobs in one of New Jersey’s poorest counties.

Like the 'Star Trek' series, local fandom lives long, prospers

For Rita Marcon, of Northfield, the inclusiveness of the “Star Trek” science-fiction franchise proved to be irresistible.

Sweeney promotes school funding plan in underfunded EHT

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP _ In an indication of just how under-funded it is, the local school district would get more state aid under both the Fairness Formula proposed by Gov. Chris Christie, and the Formula4Success promoted by Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Evacuated Vineland residents to return home after ammonia leak

M25 Initiative providing funding for cooling centers

The M25 Initiative has made emergency funding available to churches and nonprofits who agree to serve as a “cooling center” during the upcoming Heat Emergency from July 23 through July 26, 2016.

Tech Trek promotes science for girls

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP _ Ariel Jarvie, 13, of Egg Harbor Township wants to study marine biology. So it was no surprise that her favorite part of Tech Trek Camp at Stockton University this week had to do with water.

South Jersey expresses gratitude to police in wake of deadly shootings

WILDWOOD – The American Legion on Wednesday hosted a buffet lunch and dinner for the city’s police to show its gratitude in the wake of deadly shootings targeting law enforcement in Dallas and Louisiana.

Two federal grants awarded to Cumberland fire departments

Fire departments in Cedarville and Commercial Township have received grants totaling more than $165,000, U. S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, announced Wednesday.

Vineland evacuees include pets

VINELAND — Becky Marrero was told to evacuate her home on Wednesday, so she opened a can of Meow Mix and set it on her lawn.

South Jersey cities to receive $265,000 in housing grant money

Three South Jersey cities are among the recipients of a $75 million federal housing grant, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday.

New Jersey has one of the highest cancer rates in the country, but fewer deaths

A lot of things have changed in the past year for Amy Schwartz.

Ammonia gas to be removed from Vineland plant

VINELAND — South Jersey Ice and Cold Storage’s problematic refrigeration system will be drained of some 5,000 pounds of ammonia gas Wednesday and Thursday.

Stockton University adding new housing for 90 students in Galloway

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP _ Stockton University is getting some new off-campus student housing this year, but it won’t be in a motel.

Vineland man sentenced to 10 years in prison in meth case

A Vineland man was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison Tuesday after prosecutors said he planned to sell eight pounds of methamphetamine.

Power restored to most homes following Monday night's storm

As of 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, power has been restored to all but 80 homes in the region after outages from Monday's storm.

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