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BUSINESS
April 9, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania is home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.4 million people, while New Jersey boasts 820,303 small companies with 1.7 million employees, according to the Small Business Administration's annual state-by-state profiles released Thursday. In both states, SBA profiles showed, small business represents a little more than 98 percent of all businesses and at or close to 50 percent of all employees. In Pennsylvania, the industries with the most small-business jobs were health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, and manufacturing, according to the report, compiled by the Office of Advocacy, an independent unit within the SBA. In New Jersey, they were professional, scientific and technical services, "other services," and retail trade.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 24-year-old Bucks County man was arrested Wednesday morning near the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey after police noticed an ammunition box in plain view in his vehicle, authorities said. About 8:30 a.m., Corey Schrier, of Bensalem, was at the tunnel toll plaza in Jersey City, heading to New York, when a Port Authority police officer spotted a box of bullets on the back seat of Schrier's 2014 silver Mitsubishi SUV, a Port Authority police spokesman said. Spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the officer asked Schrier why he had bullets in his vehicle and whether he had a weapon inside.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie said Tuesday the state will spend an additional $10 million in the current budget on lead remediation efforts. The governor - who recently vetoed a bill that would have devoted the same amount of money to a lead abatement fund - said at a Statehouse news conference that after lawmakers raised the issue, he asked his staff if "we need to do more. " The Department of Community Affairs will use the $10 million to "assess and remediate lead-based paint hazards," Christie said, with the program aimed at "low- and moderate-income households.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - For the second consecutive fiscal year, the Christie administration and the Legislature's chief budget officer offered similar revenue projections, portending a smooth budget process even as the governor and Democrats fight over initiatives like a proposed constitutional amendment to mandate pension funding for public employees. During much of Gov. Christie's tenure, the state's revenue estimates proved to be overly optimistic, leaving the state to scramble near the end of the fiscal year to balance the budget, as required by the New Jersey constitution.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
For production reasons, today's editions of the Inquirer are the same for Pennsylvania and New Jersey readers.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
Maybe Gov. Christie was bluffing, but his threatened opposition to North Jersey casinos would do more good for Atlantic City's flailing economy than the takeover bill he was pushing. More casinos will only accelerate Atlantic City's losses and make a rebound that much more difficult. Facing heightened casino competition in nearby Philadelphia and New York, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos were shuttered in 2014, and the losses cascaded into a fiscal crisis so severe that the city could run out of cash Friday.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Dana Kelley recalls the exact moment when her neurologist suggested she try medical marijuana. The retired Army Intelligence linguist said it caused her emotional upheaval and led her to question her willingness to continue living in constant pain. Kelley's neck and back were severely fractured in a car crash three years ago in her hometown of Pennsville, Salem County. She underwent five surgeries, including a fusion of a large part of her spinal cord, and was prescribed morphine and opiates.
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
Investors are urged to diversify their portfolios to maximize their earnings. It's an approach that singer/songwriter Jonah Tolchin is following in his musical career. While the New Jersey native prepares to release Thousand Mile Night this summer, his second album for the Yep Roc label, he's been playing a series of shows in the northeastern U.S. since February that will include stops at the Tin Angel on Friday and Sellersville Theater on April 21. The schedule stresses diversity.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court reversed a death sentence of a Coatesville man convicted of fatally shooting his teenage neighbor in 2008 and dismembering the body with a chainsaw. The Supreme Court justices did not question the conviction of LaQuanta Chapman, 36, but they said prosecutors misidentified previous New Jersey convictions as felonies, which led to the death sentence, according to an opinion issued Tuesday. The high court, which in December upheld a death-penalty moratorium imposed by Gov. Wolf, returned the case to Chester County Court, ordering it to give Chapman a life sentence.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2016 | By Nick Vadala, Staff Writer
By his own admission, Jim Norton has a hard time meeting folks who share his interests. But when those interests include illicit massage parlors, urolagnia, and transgender prostitutes, maybe some difficulty is to be expected. "It's very common to not have the same interests as Jim Norton," the stand-up comedian said during recent phone interview. "A lot of people don't have the same interests as me. " They do, however, seem to like watching him do stand-up. Norton, a New Jersey native, started as a comic in 1990 and quickly became known for his politically incorrect humor.
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