Vas Adviser Avoids Prison

NEWARK – A former advisor of convicted Perth Amboy politician Joseph Vas was sentenced to two years of probation for participating in a scheme to illegally funnel contributions into Vas’ 2006 Congressional primary campaign, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: A number of federal energy efficiency related tax incentives expired at the end of 2010. Will any such programs remain in force and if not, are there other ways to save money on green upgrades? — Jen Franklin, Chicago, IL

Understanding Credit Scores

If you’ve tried to take out a loan or open a new credit account recently, you know that the days of easy credit are long gone. Lenders, insurers, landlords and even some employers are more diligently scrutinizing your credit history to see if you’re a worthwhile risk.