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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has been indicted on federal corruption charges. NJ Spotlight, with its content partner NJTV News, will be streaming coverage of this story as it unfolds, starting with the Menendez press conference, which is now scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Watch streaming coverage
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March 31, 2015

Officials Urged to Take Public Health Into Account When Mapping Out Future
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Rutgers helps four communities make “health impact assessments” part of broader policy and long-term planning, sets May conference on topic
Crowded Field of Assembly Candidates Takes First Step in Run-Up to June Primaries
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Primary battles -- and victories -- are well worth watching since they usually predict which party will win the seat in November
Fine Print: Getting the Measure of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The administration encounters difficulties in trying meet goals it put in place in its 2011 energy strategy
Explainer: Taking Care of Business Within an Urban Enterprise Zone
Tara Nurin | Explainer
State pols are trying to extend and reform the program but so far, Gov. Christie isn’t cooperating
Revenue Forecasts Align in Rare Agreement Between Christie, Budget Analyst
John Reitmeyer | Budget
But lawmakers grill state treasurer about funding for property tax relief, pensions, and transportation fund
Agenda: State Board Takes Breather from PARCC, Takes Up Procedural Matters
John Mooney | Education
Charter school funding, county commissions and religious holidays fill light agenda
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March 30, 2015

Five Years After ACA, Many More Have Coverage, But Future Effects Still Unclear
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Some NJ healthcare networks remake themselves and thrive, but others – especially small hospitals -- struggle with uncertainties spawned by law’s mandates
Christie’s Transportation Record Assailed as Short-Sighted, Short of Cash
Meir Rinde | Transportation
Transit-related decisions on Christie’s watch, critics argue, have managed to disappoint some Democrats and Republicans
Another Company Seeks OK to Pipe Cheap Natural Gas through New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Transco wants to boost capacity of existing pipeline running from Central Jersey to Mississippi for markets in Southeast
The List: 10 Groups Still Helping New Jersey’s Sandy Victims Recover
Scott Gurian | The List, Sandy
For many NJ residents, Hurricane Sandy is yesterday’s news; for others, it remains a day-to-day struggle
KIPP Network’s ‘Renaissance School’ Builds on First Year of Operations in Camden
John Mooney | Education
New facility set to replace trailers helps to boost charter’s enrollment for next fall
Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend
Hank Kalet | Politics, Social
Governor signs on to amicus brief asking court to block Obama policy to allow some unlawful immigrant children, parents to stay in country

March 27, 2015

Assembly Moves to Place Cap on Diversion of Funds from Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Bill could be a headache for administration by reducing how much money is available to plug holes in budget
Fine Print: PARCC Opt-Out Bill Passes Unanimously in State Assembly
John Mooney | Education
Future hardly assured with Senate so far quiet on setting statewide policy for families refusing to let kids take test
Dems Threaten ‘Legislative Veto’ to Ease Restrictions on Medical Marijuana
Meir Rinde | Healthcare, Politics
For some NJ legislators, the problem with the state’s medical marijuana program is the law itself
Would Patients Save Cash if Out-of-Network Provider Charges Were Slashed?
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Report commissioned by Horizon says insurance premiums could drop if state took action
Administration Drags Feet on Delivering Data Needed to Assess Christie Budget
John Reitmeyer | Budget
For lawmakers, delays and lack of details raise issues of transparency and accountability
Interactive Map: Shedding Light on Where Solar Energy Projects Abound in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | Energy & Environment, Maps, Map of the Week
Highest concentration is in Middlesex County, with 14 percent of state’s total capacity

March 26, 2015

Five of Camden District’s Worst Public Schools Will Go the Charter Route
John Mooney | Education
Most students will stay in same neighborhood schools while new private operators take over facilities
Working to Keep National Politics Out of State's Pension-Fund Investments
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Offered a chance to put wider restrictions in place, NJ State Investment Council says it will first look to tightening current regulations
Income Inequality, Social Factors Help Determine Statewide Health Rankings
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Maps
Hunterdon County tops NJ list, while Cumberland is last in annual report intended to spark local efforts to improve community health
Community Kitchen Serves Up Hope for Town Struggling to Recover from Sandy
Scott Gurian | Sandy
Pop-up restaurant in Union Beach offers food to storm victims, regardless of ability to pay
Liquefied Natural-Gas Project Gets Cold Shoulder from Lawmakers, Christie
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists argue that Port Ambrose facility, located 20 miles off Monmouth Beach, would not serve New Jersey
Poll: Moving Forward with Charter Schools, Should We Go Ahead or Go Slow?
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Charter schools are here to stay, but should they be allowed to flourish or kept on the proverbial short leash?

March 25, 2015

Atlantic City’s Emergency Managers Need More Time to Come up With Plan
Meir Rinde | Politics
Critics contend that just-released report does nothing to move troubled resort city closer to financial stability
Christie’s Pension Package Tops Agenda at Final Assembly Budget Hearing
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Meanwhile, governor continues to push budget plan at ‘town hall’ meetings, the latest in Whippany
PennEast Pipeline Would Have Saved Consumers $890 Million, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Report says consumers outside gas production region paid seven times more for fuel to heat homes this past winter
Profile: Helping Sandy Victims Rebuild Their Lives, One Room at a Time
Scott Gurian | Profiles, Sandy
Katherine Koehler and her crew make newly rehabbed houses feel a bit more like home
In Sorting Out Future of Newark Hospitals, Saint Michael’s Looms Large
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
State weighs sale to for-profit operator while effort to save hospital gains city council backing
Feds Ask Solicitor General to Review NJ’s Plan to Subsidize Power Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Supreme Court request is unexpected; NJ proposal has been blocked at every turn by state and federal authorities
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