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December 6, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Emphasizing the importance of the relationship between the United States and Canada, Gov. Christie called again for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline during a speech Thursday in Calgary, Alberta. Christie previously criticized the delay of the pipeline extension - which would carry petroleum from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf Coast - in a September speech in Mexico. On Thursday, the first day of a two-day trade mission to Canada, Christie reiterated his stance on the extension, framing it as a key step to boosting ties between the U.S. and Canada.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Commodore Barry Bridge is about to get a $100 million makeover. A Delaware River Port Authority board committee on Wednesday approved the first of three phases of sandblasting and painting that will continue for five years, starting in January and continuing through 2019. The $22 million contracts approved Wednesday still need to be approved by the full DRPA board next week. The bridge links Chester and Logan Township. It is the third-busiest of four DRPA toll bridges between South Jersey and Pennsylvania, carrying 6.5 million vehicles a year.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lost in the furor over President Obama's executive action on immigration are recent trends that run counter to the common perception that illegal immigration is on a ceaseless climb. Nationwide, the population of unauthorized immigrants actually leveled off from 2009 to 2012 and remains stable at around 11.2 million, the Pew Research Center, a Washington group, said in a report last week. Among other findings in the report, titled "Unauthorized Immigrant Totals" : The number of people in the United States illegally fell in 14 states, rose in seven, and in the remainder showed no statistically significant change.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zoologist Brian Zarate first heard the creature's unfamiliar calls in 2003 while he and other researchers were working in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County. The strange series of "chucks and occasional groans" emanated from a small frog no bigger than the length of a thumb. One of them was captured and photographed by Zarate, then a state contract biologist with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, who pondered the mystery along with his group. It couldn't have been the southern leopard frog, a species found widely in the Pine Barrens, they reasoned.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are a couple of reasons the pension funds that pay retired teachers, police, elected officials, and other public servants have become more expensive for taxpayers - eating up $1 of every $6 in Philadelphia's city budget, for example. It's easy to blame the exotic, sometimes politically connected, investments in unprofitable projects and secretive far-off funds that the pensions' trustees - many of them political appointments - have too often approved. But it's probably more costly that politicians years ago fattened pension benefits but didn't set aside enough money to pay for them along the way. And they still don't.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie vetoed a measure Friday to ban crates used to confine pregnant pigs, slamming it as a "solution in search of a problem" and a "political movement masquerading as substantive policy. " "We do not have an issue with gestation crates in New Jersey," Christie wrote in his veto message. He urged the Legislature to work on "significant issues" and "stop following misguided partisans and special interest groups who want to use the lawmaking process as a political cudgel on issues outside our borders.
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Lyndsey Hatch (Washington Township) scored and Kelly Schlupp (Council Rock South) stopped five shots as College of New Jersey (22-1) shut out Middlebury, 2-0, to advance to Sunday's Division III national field hockey championship against Bowdoin (19-2) in Lexington, Va. Bowdoin knocked off top-ranked Salisbury, 2-1, in the other semifinal.   Women's soccer Korrie Harkins (Gloucester Catholic) scored a goal and Kendra Griffith (Cherry Hill West) made four saves as College of New Jersey beat Misericordia, 3-1, in Williamstown, Mass., to advance to Sunday's Division III national quarterfinal against Williams.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Excitement built across the region Wednesday ahead of President Obama's expected announcement of executive orders that would spare millions of the nation's undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, immigrant-aid groups scrambled, planning parties to watch the president's televised announcement, scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, and support it with rallies Friday. While the devil is in the details, recent White House leaks have indicated that four million to six million of the nation's estimated 11.7 million undocumented would be affected, including as many as 85,000 in Pennsylvania and 262,000 in New Jersey.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal planners on Wednesday outlined possible futures for passenger rail service on the Northeast Corridor, ranging from minimal service improvements to an entirely new high-speed rail corridor between Boston and Washington. The presentation in Center City by Federal Railroad Administration officials was one of nine this month in cities along the 457-mile corridor to explain how the FRA is developing a final "NEC Future" proposal. The four broad alternatives outlined Wednesday are the latest steps in planning for upgrading the corridor over the next 25 years.
SPORTS
November 20, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dakari Johnson scored 11 points, Andrew Harrison had 10 and No. 1 Kentucky used a dominant defense to blow out No. 4 Kansas, 72-40, in Tuesday night's Champions Classic in Indianapolis. The Wildcats (3-0) shot just 43.1 percent from the field, but they were so good on defense that it didn't matter. Kansas (1-1) shot just 19.6 percent from the field and was 15 for 27 at the line in the storied program's worst offensive performance since a 61-45 loss to Kentucky on Dec. 1, 1998. Duke 81, Michigan State 71 - Jahlil Okafor spent last year's State Farm Champions Classic trying to pick a school.
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