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September 20, 2018

Governor Positive of Better Days Ahead for NJ Transit, Tackling Thorniest Issues
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
After another difficult summer for commuters, Murphy says his administration is ‘obsessed’ with fixing the problem-plagued agency
Federal Grant Helps Rutgers Assess Truth in Advertising for Tobacco Products
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
University and academic partners will share $18 million grant to study impact of cigarette advertising, packaging, labeling, and more
Natural Gas Utility Gets Go-Ahead for $135M Energy-Efficiency Measures
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
NJNG will extend its popular SaveGreen Project and offer residential, commercial, and industrial customers ways to lower their bills
Op-Ed: Pallone Needs to Help Reform Renewable Fuel Standard
Paul Eidman and Drew Tompkins | Opinion
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a perfect example of unintended environmental and economic consequences
Menendez Accuses His GOP Challenger of Running ‘Deceptive Campaign’
NJTV News Online | Politics, Elections 2018
New Jersey’s senior senator says this election contest is more negative than he expected
Hudson County Launches Pilot to House Chronically Homeless
NJTV News Online | Social
Initiative melds rental vouchers and intensive support services from two hospitals to help get homeless off the street and keep them off
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September 19, 2018

Momentum for State to Buy Foreclosed Homes, Turn Into Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Similar measures failed repeatedly under Gov. Christie, but proponents optimistic his successor will look favorably on plan to remake thousands of bank-owned homes
Trying to Spur EV in NJ with Wave of Fast-Charging Stations, Rebates
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Months of negotiations have led to a new effort to electrify New Jersey’s transportation sector with a measure that tries to allay ‘range anxiety’ for consumers
Atlantic Health Expands Pioneering Form of Medical Education
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
In contrast with traditional programs, students will follow a select group of patients, tracking their care in hospitals and community-based facilities
Governor Punts on PARCC as Fate of Controversial School Test Still Unclear
John Mooney | Education
Murphy maintains his opposition to the ‘high-stakes’ exam but defers to state education commissioner on whether and when it will be replaced
Stalled by Budget Mix-Up, State Funding Now in Offing to Help Local Media
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Aim is to foster local journalism in New Jersey and fill the void created by newspaper cutbacks. $5 million in aid is being sought
Op-Ed: Continuity of Care Is Good Medicine for Patients — and Doctors
Armand Leone, Jr. | Opinion
Unfortunately, the trend is for less continuity and more fragmentation. As a result, the patient-physician relationship is weaker and less effective than it used to be

September 18, 2018

Elections 2018 — An Interactive Guide to New Jersey's Critical Contests
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
Stay ahead of the issues and on top of the news, from district profiles and local polling places to in-depth analysis and campaign finances
NJ Ready to Solicit Bids for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Solicitation expected to be just first step in realizing governor’s aggressive goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030
Murphy’s Revisions to Public-Employee Health Plans Could Save Taxpayers $500M
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Workers should see only slight increases to premiums, or possibly small reductions, while governor claims the deal shows what happens when cooperation replaces conflict
Edgy Debate in Trenton Over Murphy’s Planned Changes to School Testing
John Mooney and Carly Sitrin | Education
Democratic legislators clash with education commissioner, suggest administration is moving to scale back and ultimately ditch controversial PARCC test without having properly prepared a replacement
Lawmakers Move to Restore Mental-Health Hotline for Firefighters, EMS
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Specially trained operators would help emergency responders deal with the traumas that can come with their stressful line of work
NJ Spotlight: The Opioid Epidemic in NJ — Addiction Treatment
NJ Spotlight | Roundtables
The second in this three-part NJ Spotlight roundtable gave those on the front lines of the war against opioid addiction the opportunity to share their findings
Op-Ed: Independent Citizens, Not Partisan Politicians, Must Tackle Redistricting
Helen Kioukis | Opinion
A call for legislative redistricting in New Jersey to be taken out of political hands and given to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

September 17, 2018

As Gas Consumption Sags in NJ, State Tax on it Set to Rise Next Month
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Further increases are possible, linked to maintenance of funding for transportation and infrastructure projects
Experts Call for More Providers, Better Access to Meds to Combat Opioid Crisis
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State Human Services Commissioner among those who agree that, while progress has been made, New Jersey has significant gaps in treatment and recovery services
Interactive Map: NJ’s Election Spending, Where’s the Cash Coming from?
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
An unusually large number of competitive contests for New Jersey’s congressional seats, a Senate candidate with deep pockets, and funding from outside groups make for costliest election ever
The Future of Nuclear Power in New Jersey: Crucial Hearings Set to Begin
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
With public hearings imminent, the debate begins in earnest about what part nuclear should play in the state’s future and whether utility customers should pay billions of dollars to prop it up
Conflict Continues Over What It Should Take to Graduate High School in NJ
John Mooney | Education
State wants to give students option of more than one type of test to graduate, but debate is strong over consequences, unintended and not
Op-Ed: Let’s Be Smart About Community Solar in New Jersey
Chris Sturm | Opinion
NJ’s recently signed energy legislation will allow many more residents and businesses to access solar energy. We must learn from other states how to do it well

September 14, 2018

Dollar Signs and Smiles All Round After First Three Months of Sports Betting
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Gamblers in New Jersey bet close to $100 million on sporting events last month. Operators and lawmakers salivate at prospect of growing revenue
Countdown to Critical First Step in Offshore-Wind Application Process
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Key action for governor’s ambitious clean-energy goals imminent, as developers press to take advantage of federal tax credits
Officials Defend Pace of Coastal Back Bays Study as Residents Fend off Floods
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers range of defenses, including new floodwalls and storm-surge gates, but construction unlikely before 2026
Push to Improve Insurance Coverage of Mental Health for New Jerseyans
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Legislators advance measure seeking to ensure same level of benefits as for medical issues. It could ease financial burden on families
DRBC Seeks to Block PennEast from Cutting Trees Along Pipeline Route
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Agency fears damage to water resources from premature felling of trees but is told it must resubmit request through proper channels
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