Plans for Liberty Science Center expansion clear hurdle

JERSEY CITY -- New zoning approved by the City Council last week paves the way for a $280 million expansion of Liberty Science Center that will include a K-12 science and math-focused school, labs and a "scholars village" with residences for visiting scientists. The project, known as Scitech Scity, is slated for 16 acres of city-owned…


The check's in the mail, Rutgers tells vendors after tech glitches

NEW BRUNSWICK -- Rutgers University officials say they have made "significant progress" in paying a backlog of 12,650 unpaid bills as the school continues to try to resolve serious glitches in its new financial accounting computer system. The new system, called Cornerstone, was supposed to be the last major step in Rutgers' massive merger with the…


South Jersey Inches Closer to Better Phone Service, High-Speed Internet

Richard Mroz, president of the state Board of Public Utilities The new year may bring some long-sought improvements to phone and Internet service for more than a dozen South Jersey communities. For the past couple of years, 16 communities have been pressing telecom giant Verizon to upgrade problem-plagued phone service and Internet connectivity in Cumberland and…


PSE&G and EDF 'Google It

Natural-gas leaks are a persistent challenge for utility companies. Like other utilities, PSE&G monitors its system carefully, and fixes any leaks that pose a safety risk quickly. But other leaks that don't pose an immediate hazard can linger while companies work their way through upgrading thousands of miles of old infrastructure. When these nonhazardous leaks add…


State Seeks High-Tech Oversight of $2B Annual Spending on Drug Benefits

Like most health insurance purchasers, the state of New Jersey has been ill equipped to manage the pharmaceutical benefits of public employees and retirees. So, like others, it hired a national expert to handle the complex, multi-party negotiations in hopes of securing big savings for Garden State taxpayers. But quantifying those savings has been challenging.





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