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September 23, 2016

Op-Ed: What the Public Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Our Students, Our Schools
David M. Aderhold | Opinion
As a community of parents and educators, we must come together to rebuff the politicization of public education

September 22, 2016

Advocates Argue All New Jersey Schools Should Offer Arts Classes
Tara Nurin | Education
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership points to studies that show training in music, dance, and other arts is linked to academic success
Money, Accusations, Attacks — The Race for the 5th District Is Just Heating Up
Chase Brush | Politics
Democratic hopeful Josh Gottheimer wants to take the 5th from arch-conservative incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett. He may just be within striking distance
Fine Print: State Auditor Calls Out ‘Convoluted’ Allotting of School Aid
John Mooney | Education
Auditor confirms Christie administration’s underfunding — and overfunding — of school districts
Concerns Continue to Grow Over State’s Medicaid Payment Reform
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Some healthcare providers fear the transition to a ‘fee-for-service’ system could lead to program closures and staff layoffs
Poll: Double Dipping for Public Employees: Damned If They Do?
Polling
It’s a widespread practice among public employees, retiring from a job and then picking up another position — and pension. Should it be allowed?
Testimony On Bridgegate Trial’s Third Day: Lies And Political Maneuvers
WNYC News | Politics
An e-mail hints that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to pressure Gov. Christie to sign off on a project in New York City
Homeless Man and Pal Tip Off Cops to Bombs in Trashed Backpack
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Linked to alleged bistate bomber Rahami, backback contained five explosive devices, one detonated by police robot while being defused

September 21, 2016

Two Healthcare Centers Join Forces to Expand Cancer Care in Newark
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Patients from the city and beyond should benefit from new cutting-edge facilities and treatments
Progress Slow On Affordable Housing, Towns Wait for NJ Top Court
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Justices must decide whether housing obligations accrued during 15-year gap must be built
Opinion: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Classroom
Mark Weber | Opinion
The sweltering weather has made it all too clear that New Jersey’s politicians have no real interest in giving teachers safe, comfortable working conditions
New Jersey Natural Gas Settlement Will Add $7 a Month to Customer Bills
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Rate increase far smaller than 24 percent boost originally sought in 2015
Explainer: A Multitude of Paths for Legal Immigration to the United States
Meir Rinde | Explainer
Some roads are like the interstate, fast and relatively direct, while others are far more circuitous and can take years to get to the destination
Police Information Sharing Credited for Quick Arrest in Bombings
NJTV News Online | More Issues
U.S. Sen. Menendez says agencies began communicating and cooperating after 9/11
Muslims Gather to Condemn Attacks, Caution Against Scapegoating
NJTV News Online | Politics
Diverse group of Muslims denounces weekend attacks in New York and New Jersey; says perpetrator ‘does not represent Islam or Muslims, in any sense’

September 20, 2016

Christie in Crosshairs, Targeted by Bridgegate Opening Statements
Chase Brush | Politics
Both the defense and the prosecution invoked the governor’s name numerous times during Day 1 of the Bridgegate trial — with good reason
High Levels of Chromium 6 Found in Many NJ Water Systems, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical has been linked to several types of cancer; environmental group says it is unsafe even at low levels
Push to Protect Public School Students from Concussions
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Children could not return to class or athletic activities without the permission of a healthcare professional
NJ Needs to Accelerate Efforts to Get More Electric Cars on Road
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
But charging infrastructure remains more fizzle than sizzle, making low- or zero-emission vehicles a very tough sell
Too Soon to Talk TTF Compromise, but if Christie Budges Will Sweeney Follow?
John Reitmeyer and Chase Brush | Budget, Transportation
Meanwhile, several alternative have emerged, including a hybrid solution that incorporates cuts to estate and sales taxes
PSE&G Sets Pace for Replacing Cast-Iron Mains with Plastic Pipes
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
But with 4,000 miles of iron pipe in its system, state’s largest utility has a long way to go
Op-Ed: New Highlands Rules Strike Balance Between Environment, Equity
Ryck Suydam | Opinion
The DEP’s recent proposal uses over 20,000 new well-test results from land in the Highlands

September 19, 2016

‘Double-Dippers’ Dominate Sheriff Elections Across New Jersey
Mark Lagerkvist | Politics
‘Double-dipping’ is a widespread and apparently time-honored practice in the Garden State, going back some 25 years
The List: New Jersey’s 16 ‘Double-Dipping’ County Sheriffs
Mark Lagerkvist | The List
All told, the sheriffs on this list pull down about $3.3 million a year in public pay — $2.1 million in county salaries plus $1.2 million from state pensions
Population Health Summit Keeps NJ Residents and Communities Well
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Nutrition, lead poisoning, and fitness were key targets at meeting that brought together state agencies and advocacy groups
Christie Asks Top Court to Let Him Rewrite School-Funding Formula
John Mooney | Education
The governor, who has decried the Supreme Court as ‘activist,’ asks it to sweep aside 30 years of support for Abbott rulings
Getting Scrap Tires off the Pile and into Recycling
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
There are good uses for scrap tires — on kids’ playgrounds and equestrian tracks, for instance — but safe disposal is key
Atlantic City On the Brink Again: Misses Deadline, Violates Terms of Loan
Chase Brush | Politics
Senator says failure to agree on dissolution of the Municipal Utilities Authority might indicate city council’s 'unwillingness to make other tough choices’
Opinion: Christie's 'Fairness Formula' Leaves Ugly Legacy for 2017 Race
Carl Golden | Opinion
The governor has yet again positioned himself as a dominant figure capable of establishing the frame of reference for a political discussion the candidates can’t dodge
The Christie Tracker: The Bridgegate Trial
Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein |
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