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Suprised by Closure - We may have seen the signs but the closure of Revel caught many former employers off guard.

A one-stop resource center opens today in Atlantic City, meant to help the thousands left jobless by the recent closures of Revel and Showboat.

Video Confirmed - Islamic state extremists have beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff. A video distributed Tuesday titled "A Second Message to America," shows Sotloff's killing, possibly somewhere in Syria.

Sick Leave Mandate - Newark, Jersey City, and Passaic have already passed paid sick leave ordinances and several towns are considering it. The Assembly sponsor of a bill to create a statewide paid sick leave mandate says now is the time to act.

CWA protest on June 12 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)

Christie's Agenda - Now that Labor Day is over and summer is winding down, Governor Christie (R) plans to focus his attention on two main issues for the rest of this year.

Lawsuit Dismissal - Gov. Christie is asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuits filed by over a dozen unions over his cut in the state's pension payment. Ironically, the governor's legal brief claims that his own pension reforms are "void and unenforceable"

Sentence Stands - An appellate court has rejected a New Jersey man's bid to overturn his conviction and sentence for running his ex-girlfriend's car off a highway and slashing her face and arm.

Smart Use - Smart phones could soon be banned inside public buildings in a Middlesex County community.

Getting Your Shots - A majority of parents are having their children immunized, according to the Centers For Disease Control.

Justin Casquejo passes through security at a New York City courthouse (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Sentencing for a Prank - A Weehawken teenager who sneaked to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower is set to be sentenced to community service for a climb that fueled questions about security at the nation's tallest building.

Re-election Effort- Senator Cory Booker (D) is ramping up his re-election campaign with a series of kick-off events. A poll last month showed the incumbent Democrat in a tighter race than initially expected. The Quinnipiac poll showed Booker ahead of little-known Republican Jeff Bell by 10 percentage points.




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