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February 9, 2017

New York Officials Open Doors to Refugees as New Jersey Shuts Them
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
Unlike state and local officials in the Empire State, Gov. Christie is supporting the president's travel ban and formally ending the state refugee-resettlement program
School-Aid Reform: Not Enough Legislative Action to Keep Topic at Top of Agenda?
John Reitmeyer | Education
School-funding inequities have plagued New Jersey for almost a decade; is this finally the time to set things right?
What Does It Mean When State Supreme Court Says ‘No’ to Christie?
NJ Spotlight Staff | Education
NJ Spotlight’s education writer visits WHYY to discuss top court’s refusal to hear governor’s case for reopening Abbott v. Burke decision
Jersey City Development Puts Big Squeeze on PATH Trains
NJTV News online | Transportation
With even more residential development in pipeline, Mayor Fulop says Port Authority has not taken influx of new riders into account in its plans
Can NJ Colleges Deliver ‘Income Mobility’ to Poor Students?
Colleen O'Dea | Education
Some 66 percent of Garden State colleges help graduates climb from poverty to the ranks of the upper middle class

February 8, 2017

NJ’s Solar Stumble: Sector Sheds 1,000 Jobs in Past Year
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
While rest of country showed strong 25 percent growth in solar jobs, New Jersey’s solar employment fell by 14 percent
State plans potential $1 million anti-addiction public awareness campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Campaign would encompass traditional TV, radio, and print outlets as well as a web-based offering and could feature Gov. Christie in some role
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Steps Up Oversight of Hope Creek
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agency determines that plant’s safety-related coolant system was out of service for more than two weeks
Without Extra Billions, Bus Terminal Won’t Be Replaced Before Late 2020's
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Concerns raised about urgent need to do something for commuters, bus companies at final public hearing before key February 16 vote
Profile: Jason Howell, Protecting the Pinelands Against All Comers
Jon Hurdle | Profiles
The stewardship coordinator for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance doesn’t rule out ‘direct action’ for protecting this preserve
Op-Ed: ‘Do No Harm’ — Words to Remember as Congress Debates Future of ACA
Betsy Ryan | Opinion
Efforts to ‘repeal, repair or replace’ Affordable Care Act could affect all consumers, not just those covered by the controversial law
Place for Less Well-Off Residents in New Newark?
WNYC News | Housing
City has low level of homeownership, and renters could be vulnerable if development causes housing market to heat up
Committee with Key Role in Allocating TTF Billions Not Yet Named
NJTV News Online | Transportation
Purpose of the panel is to ensure ‘legislative input’ in selection of capital projects

February 7, 2017

Senate Says Schools Will Remain ‘No-Questions-Asked’ Safe Zones for All Students
John Mooney | Education, Immigration
Upper chamber also resolves not to support Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries
One-Stop Online Source for All Data to Make Government in NJ More Transparent
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
New Jersey Open Data Initiative should make it easier for public to find all manner of state information
Opinion: Anticipating the 2018 Statewide Water Supply Plan
Daniel J. Van Abs | Opinion
The administration has made it clear that it doesn’t want to release the water plan. It’s time to look forward to a new administration and a new plan
Could Commonsense Rules Fix Some of New Jersey’s Budget Problems?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Inability to replenish ‘rainy day’ savings account is significant problem for Garden State
JCP&L Monmouth County Power Line Remains Hot Button for Residents
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Customers, local officials, lawmakers argue to scrap project before it can move ahead

February 6, 2017

State BOE Head in Spotlight as Christie Charter-School Code Gets Voted Down
John Mooney | Education
BOE President Biedron — targeted for replacement by Christie — says there was nothing political in thwarting governor’s charter-school regs
The List: Top Theaters in NJ Are Impressive Supplement to Great White Way
Carly Sitrin | The List
Theater in New Jersey is a match for the best available in any region when it comes to talent, innovation, cost, and diversity
Democrats’ Delay on PA Reform Keeps Agency’s NJ Chairman in Place
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Democratic lawmakers stall reform bill in response to Christie CV, because once it’s passed Chairman Degnan will be replaced by NY counterpart
State Doubles Rate It Will Pay for Medication Management, Key Drug Addiction Service
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Decision part of larger battle to stem tide of opioid addiction in New Jersey
Fine Print: Using Water Audits to Curb Losses in Drinking Supplies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
In a state where up to 30 percent of treated water is lost before it reaches the tap, water audits can be a critical tool

February 3, 2017

Trauma-Informed Care Treats Injuries That Can Be Seen, Those that Can’t
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The pain and aftershocks of traumatic injuries — physical and psychological — can linger for a lifetime and feed chronic illnesses
Ospreys Flocking Back to their New Jersey Nests
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Banning DDT, cleaning up water both credited with population recovery that brings total of active nests to more than 500
Republican Pols Try to Change Subject — Away from Trump, Back to New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | Politics
GOP leaders call for special session of Legislature to discuss NJ’s pressing issues; Democrats dispute charge they are not working on state’s critical concerns
Op-Ed: The Problems with New Jersey’s ‘Pedal’s Law’
Mike Adams | Opinion
Getting down to some basic facts about bear hunting in the Garden State
American Dream Mall Still Troubling Developer’s Sleep
WNYC News | Planning
Funding expected to be available in December has yet to show, raising questions about whether this dream will ever be realized

February 2, 2017

NJ Women Still Scarce in Local Politics, Despite Gains on State Level
Tara Nurin | Politics
Women in both parties have to work harder, smarter than men — especially when running for mayor, freeholder, council member
Upping Atlantic City Hotel Tax Could Preserve Jobs for Cops, Firefighters
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Beleaguered resort’s $100 million budget shortfall could mean deep cuts to public-safety services and serious damage to the city’s reputation as tourist destination
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