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October 16, 2014

Op-Ed: Adaptive Reuse Can Help Towns with Affordable Housing, Property Taxes
Peter S. Reinhart | Opinion
Conversion of older buildings can help meet the preferences of so-called millennials for urbanized locations and proximity to transit
Talking About Many Issues Raised by Football Scandal in Sayreville
John Mooney | Education, Social
NJ Spotlight education reporter and radio host discuss anti-bullying law, how it came into play, and whether it goes far enough

October 15, 2014

Texas Nurse’s Ebola Infection Worries NJ Healthcare Workers
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Nurses group call for infected patients to be transported out of state, CDC is reviewing options
Measure Ratchets Up Targets for NJ’s Offshore-Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Backers say bill, which calls for 4,500 megawatts by 2050, isn’t meant for the Christie administration but for one friendlier to renewable subsidies
How ‘Big Data’ is Transforming Today’s Healthcare Sector
Meir Rinde | Healthcare
Correlating patient data from a broad variety of sources can help reveal patterns of illness, identify individuals most likely to use emergency services, cut healthcare costs, and improve patient outcomes
NJ Teacher of the Year Puts Theory into Practice with Autistic Preschoolers
John Mooney | Education
Hoboken-based educator touts data-driven, technology-heavy approach and individual attention at young age
Profile: A Leader of New Jersey’s Environmental Movement
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Profiles
Michael Catania has spent much of his professional life protecting the Garden State’s land and water

October 14, 2014

Bill Would Let Teens in NJ Get Counseling Without Parental Knowledge
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Legislation's supporter says, ‘. . . the youth’s right to care outweighs the parents’ right to know.’
Legislation Could Speed Sale of Public Water Facilities to Private Companies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Ratepayer Counsel, environmentalists argue legislation could drive up prices for consumers
Explainer: How New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Law Works
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Explainer
Governor opposed to medicinal-pot program has now implemented it, but critics see it as country’s most restrictive
Hammonton Cuts Water Use Through Education, Overhaul of Rate System
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Residents of Pinelands town learn they can restrict their use of water without sacrificing their lush green lawns
NJ Tries to Address Questions, Concerns About Alternate Routes to Diploma
John Mooney | Education
Minimum score on SAT, appeals process to demonstrate proficiency will be among possible paths to graduation

October 10, 2014

Sayreville High School Case Spotlights NJ's Landmark Anti-Bullying Law
John Mooney | Education, Social
Alarms sounded after revelation of allegations that young football players were abused by older teammates
Bill wants 80% of NJ’s Power to Come from Renewable Sources by 2050
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Aggressive energy goals draw the ire of large manufacturers, questions and concerns from Rate Counsel
Interactive Map: Home Values Drop Again in NJ – But Mortgage Payments Drop Too
Colleen O'Dea | Housing, Maps, Map of the Week
While homeowners fare well, renters face high monthly payments and shortage of affordable units
State Lawmakers Aim to Close Gap for People With Drug Addiction Problems
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Boosts to Medicaid reimbursements, telemedicine are seen as ‘one step in the right direction’
Opinion: Getting by (in College) With a Little Help from My Friends
Roland V. Anglin | Opinion
Creating a cohort, or ‘posse’ of disadvantaged students can help ease the socioeconomic shock of postsecondary education.

October 9, 2014

Christie and Clinton Just Began Their 2016 Fight For Pennsylvania
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
When Gov. Chris Christie travels the country campaigning for candidates, he's usually the warm-up act at rallies — he bashes the opponent, rallies the faithful, and then introduces the candidate . . .
Audit Finds Room for Improvement at Department of Community Affairs
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Politics
Problems with inspections and check deposits not as serious as those uncovered in earlier audits, particularly with DCA weatherization program
Fine Print: Bill Would Study Possible Benefits of Later Start Times for Schools
John Mooney | Education
Sen. Richard Codey to ask for study of school schedules and impact of sleep deprivation on learning
Insurers, Dentists Jaw at Each Other Over Mandatory Price Discounts
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Dental-care providers push bill, complain they’re being hurt financially; health plans argued that consumers have benefited
Poll: Do You Think the State is Doing Enough to Protect Us From Viruses?
Polling
Ebola and enterovirus 68 can be frightening to contemplate. How safe do you feel?
Op-Ed: Vote Yes on Public Question 2 for Clean Water, Preserving Quality of Life
Ed Potosnak | Opinion
The means to establish a stable source of funding for open-space and farmland preservation is a vote away
Special-Education Task Force to Launch Statewide ‘Listening Tour’ Next Week
John Mooney | Education
Administration looks to public for best ways to serve New Jersey’s students with disabilities

October 8, 2014

Analysis: Liberal Analysts Drop $42 Billion Bombshell Into NJ Pension Debate
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Think tanks cite Pennsylvania actuarial study in warning against hidden costs of switch from traditional pension to 401(k) plan
Food for Thought: NJ Schools Making Sure Kids Eat Breakfast
Colleen O'Dea | Education, Maps
Participation rises 15 percent as educators, advocates for low-income children stress impact on concentration and learning
Will Keeping B.L. England Plant Online Mean Reliability Issues on Grid?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say report from PJM Interconnection indicates there would be fewer potential problems if facility is shut down
Taking the Shutters Off at Fort Monmouth to Serve New Jersey in a New Capacity
Tara Nurin | Housing, Planning
Three years after it was officially shut down, the mammoth Army base is at the center of a huge development effort
Good Hygiene is Best Defense Against Frightening Enterovirus, Experts Say
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
With parental concerns rising after death of Mercer County child, infectious-disease specialists urge caution but also note that most will experience only mild symptoms
Profile: She’s Helping to Bring Humanities Studies into the 21st Century
Joe Tyrrell | Profiles
Princeton’s Meredith Martin takes research in a new direction with the Center for Digital Humanities
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