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July 24, 2015

Interactive Map: Tracking Job Creation and Wage Increases Across NJ
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Garden State posted net gains in employment and pay, but some counties saw losses – including 5 percent drop in jobs in Atlantic County
Feds: Administration Can Keep Targeting 'Priority' and ‘Focus’ Schools
John Mooney | Education
State DOE revises accountability system for state-run districts, severely challenged schools
Former Prosecutor, Christie Whistleblower Wins Access to Grand Jury Records
Meir Rinde | Politics
Judge orders confidential transcripts to go to Bennett Barlyn, but state could drag out release for month using legal means
Op-Ed: Energy-Efficiency Benefits -- Assessing Hype Versus Reality
Rasika Athawale | Opinion
Recent research reveals the seemingly unthinkable: Low-income households may not save money with weatherization programs

July 23, 2015

BPU Déjà vu: Agency Approves Pinelands Pipeline for Second Time
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Controversial project, which has generated solid opposition, would convert coal-fired B.L. England power plant to natural gas
Legislation Aims to Protect Kids, Pets from Heatstroke Deaths in Locked Cars
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Bill would provide civil-liability immunity to Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to rescue children or animals
NJ State Investment Council Confronts Downside of Diversification Strategy
John Reitmeyer | Budget
At yesterday’s meeting, officials admit it’s tough to get free of unsavory investment; pension-fund officer calls for forensic audit of fees paid to hedge-fund managers
State Moves to Add Arbitrators to Handle Rise in Teacher-Tenure Disputes
John Mooney | Education
Number of cases this year already near total for all of 2014 – and pace is expected to accelerate
Poll: NJ’s Private Fund Managers -- Does It Take Money to Make Money?
Are the fees paid to private hedge fund managers over the top or a smart investment to help replenish the state’s pension system?
Environmentalists Accuse PennEast of Test Drilling Without Permit
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
State DEP asserts company had requisite paperwork; PennEast dismisses claims as ‘intentionally inaccurate’
Op-Ed: Greater Oversight of Charter Schools Clearly Needed in New Jersey
Sen. Shirley K. Turner | Opinion
Three-year moratorium on charter enrollment would give us room to think about successes and shortcomings so far

July 22, 2015

Mercer County Revokes PennEast’s Permission to Survey Land in Local Park
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Citing potential environmental damage, county joins growing list of landowners that won’t facilitate surveys for controversial pipeline
Questions Arise About Status of State's Monitoring of School Districts
John Mooney | Education
How much does state need to revamp QSAC for when Newark returns to local control, along with other districts and maybe even charters?
NJ’s Corporate Leaders Worry About State's Transportation Network
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Annual survey of business professionals shows they have a lot more on their minds than taxes -- starting with roads, bridges, and mass transit
O’Dowd Looks Back at Highlights of Her Tenure as NJ Health Commissioner
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Changes in healthcare delivery, improving infant and maternal health, response to Ebola cases among big issues during her four years at helm
Profile: Fiscal Reforms And Top GOP Member of Assembly Budget Committee
John Reitmeyer | Profiles
Declan O’Scanlon helped retire NJ’s red-light cameras, puts social media to work to open dialogue with constituents, opponents

July 21, 2015

Agreement Brings Relief to Kin of Disabled Residents Living Outside of State
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
If families object, state will no longer force return to New Jersey facilities, according to deal between senators and Christie
Christie Leads Poll of Iowa GOP Voters . . . in ‘Unfavorable’ Ratings
John Reitmeyer | Politics
More than half of those surveyed in most recent Monmouth University poll just don’t like the current governor of New Jersey
As Old Computer Monitors and Electronics Pile Up, Environmental Risk Grows
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Many e-waste recyclers can no longer find vendors interested in their offerings, increasing likelihood that lead will leach into soil
Explainer: Coming to Terms With the Intricacies of Fair Housing -- After COAH
Meir Rinde | Housing, Explainer
From builder's remedy and growth share to rehabilitation and vacant land
Firm’s Founder Unveils $50M Fund Aimed at Luring Tech Companies to Newark
More Issues’s Katz hopes venture capital initiative will attract at least 50 start-ups to city’s downtown
Op-Ed: Level the Playing Field for Newark Public Schools
Dominique D. Lee | Opinion
Kids don’t care if they attend a traditional public school or a charter -- as long as they can get a great education

July 20, 2015

Growth of Hospice Care Transforming Home-Health Agencies Across New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Industry trade association adds ‘hospice’ to name, one indicator of increasing importance of end-of-life care
The List: Exploring the Inhabited Islands of the Garden State
Scott Gurian | The List
Most of New Jersey's vacation isles are well-known summer tourism destinations, but a few of them may be less familiar to Jersey Shore travelers
Program’s Been Changing Lives of Low-Income College Students for Nearly 50 Years
John Mooney | Education
Educational Opportunity Fund has provided funding – and mentorship – for thousands of young people in New Jersey
In Wake of Ruling, Search for Funds for Pension Bailout Grows More Urgent
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Major players have plans, strategies of their own, making consensus unlikely in short term
New Jersey Transit’s Newest Commuter Coaches Will Be Cleaner and Greener
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Transportation
Country’s third-largest mass-transit provider signs deal for 772 buses that run on clean-diesel technology
NJ Summer Nutrition Program Helps Feed Poor Kids When School’s Out
Hank Kalet | Education
Anti-hunger advocates argue streamlining and simplifying program would let it reach far more hungry children

July 17, 2015

‘Uncooperative’ Property Owners Slowing Down PennEast Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State DEP tells company not to apply for permits until it can access private property and verify project’s route
Settling Into New Job, Cerf Must Come to Terms with Opposition to ‘One Newark’
John Mooney | Education
The state is saying the controversial enrollment program remains in place for now, but critics are already calling for its elimination
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