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Ricardo Rivera of Oaklyn holds a poster board with photos of his late sister, Matilda Candelaria. He says she may have benefited if she could have treated her chronic pain with medical marijuana. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Ricardo Rivera of Oaklyn holds a poster board with photos of his late sister, Matilda Candelaria. He says she may have benefited if she could have treated her chronic pain with medical marijuana. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ mulls expanding medical marijuana — Could this help combat heroin epidemic?

The state Department of Health is considering petitions to expand its medical marijuana program to include more conditions. A decision won't come for months.

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What would a repeal of Obamacare look like in NJ?

A report says 1.1 million New Jerseyans would lose benefits and $4B in federal funds would be lost if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without replacement.

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How NJ’s pushing schools to deal with chronic absenteeism

New Jersey officials are pushing from multiple angles to get schools with lots of chronically absent students to do more to get kids into the classroom.

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NJ property tax appeals down more than half in 3 years

Tax appeals in New Jersey fell for the fourth straight year in 2016, an indication people were less stressed about the value of their homes and the economy.

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A view of the Statehouse in Trenton on Feb. 16, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Plywood on its windows, Jersey’s Statehouse renovation plan proceeds

More than 15 large windows in the executive wing of the Statehouse have been boarded up with plywood in recent days, in advance of a planned $300 million renovation.

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FILE- This July 25, 2014, file photo, shows the Port Authority bus terminal in New York. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who operates the overcrowded and dilapidated terminal, approved a plan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, to move ahead toward replacing the structure, with a goal of deciding on a final design by fall 2016. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE- This July 25, 2014, file photo, shows the Port Authority bus terminal in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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Port Authority approves billions to fund these NY and NJ projects

A new Port Authority Bus Terminal could take 15 years and $10 billion — but the first $70 million in funds, to plan the project, have been approved.

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An entrance to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York
An entrance to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Port Authority to vote Thursday on funds for new NYC bus terminal

The $32 billion, 10-year plan includes less than half the cost for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal. The first $70 million in planning funds may be approved.

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Christie signs new painkiller prescription limit into law

During the signing Wednesday, Christie stressed the only way to stop the opioid epidemic is to help prevent people from becoming addicted, while also offering treatment for those who are already addicted.

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Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday. Feb. 13 for "Ask the Governor" (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday. Feb. 13 for "Ask the Governor" (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
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How Christie could bring ‘chaos and anxiety’ to your school budget

On the one hand, Gov. Chris Christie says his 2018 state budget proposal won’t include any big surprises. On the other, he's not ruling out embedding his school aid changes.

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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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N.J. congressman thwarted in bid to make Trump’s tax returns public – NJ Decoded

The GOP chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee won’t use a 1924 to request President Donald Trump’s tax returns, as sought by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.

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