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August 12, 2016

Lesbians Sue Over Insurance Discrimination In Infertility Treatment
NJTV News Online | Social
State rules require women to demonstrate infertility by having unprotected sex with a man for at least two years without becoming pregnant

August 11, 2016

Meadowlands Hospital’s Tangled Web of Questionable Business Practices
Lilo H. Stainton and Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Million-dollar fines, acrimonious union relations, and investors who have made a fortune while some critics argue that quality of care has dipped precipitously …
State Agencies Approve Financing For American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | More Issues, Politics
The project, once called by Christie ‘the ugliest damn building in America,’ is opposed by conservative group Americans For Prosperity and the environmentalist Sierra Club
Developing Safe Havens For Extreme Storms, Power Grid Failures
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State will fund efforts to develop ‘town center microgrids’ that would give shelter and power during Sandy-like storms
Poll: For-Profit Hospitals in New Jersey -- For Or Against?
NJ Spotlight Staff | Polling
Meadowlands Hospital's 'birth tourism' raises news questions about for-profit hospitals.

August 10, 2016

Christie "Flat Out Lied" About Bridgegate, Former Staffer Said
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
On the morning of December 13, 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped in front of reporters to take extensive questions on Bridgegate for the first time . . .
Marketing U.S. Citizenship and Childbirth Services at Meadowlands Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare, Social
A New Jersey hospital advertises its services to pregnant Russian women who want to give birth in the U.S., enabling their children to qualify for dual citizenship
Tom Byrne ‘Thinking Seriously’ About Entering Democratic Primary
John Reitmeyer | Politics
But Byrne’s work on Gov. Christie’s bipartisan pension panel could cost him backing from public employee unions — and his moderate views may convince some he’s not ‘Blue’ enough
New Reports on PFCs in Drinking Water Raise Pressure on Regulators
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
The Garden State’s water supplies have one the highest levels of PFC contamination in the United States
JCP&L Files with BPU to Build Unpopular Monmouth County Power Line
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Utility argues that 10-mile-long transmission link will boost reliability for some quarter million customers
Profile: Giving More to Children in Struggling Newark Neighborhoods
Joe Tyrrell | Profiles
Twenty years after founding Project Re-Direct in Newark to give more opportunities to underserved children, Sharon Berry is adding a high-tech element
Op-Ed: Implications For Retirees of New Jersey’s Amended Alimony Law
Carl J. Soranno and Kelley M. Rutkowski | Opinion
Judge’s decision helps to clarify crucial aspect of state’s amended alimony statute but further clarification is needed

August 9, 2016

Loopholes Let Criminals, Gangsters Steal into NJ Recycling Industry
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Despite reports dating back to 2011, state has yet to move against ‘bad actors’ who dump contaminated waste and toxic fill
Senate President’s Failure to Act On Pension Amendment Enrages Public Unions
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Sweeney says voters will be more likely to approve the question once the dispute about transportation funding is resolved
Senators Unload on State Student Loan Agency, Outraged by Its Policies
Colleen O'Dea | Education
Witnesses describe Higher Education Student Assistance Authority as 'predatory' and heartless — even with families of borrowers who die
Surgeon General Says Doctors, Nurses ‘First Line Of Defense’ in Opiate Crisis
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
'Nation’s doctor' tells New Jersey addiction specialists he wants to help doctors curb flow of opiates
Explainer: Effort to Encourage Doctor-Patient Conversations on Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | Explainer
Latest push focuses on young patients but must overcome Assembly opposition
State Allows Newark to Measure Academic Achievements in New Ways
John Mooney | Education
Inching toward restoration of local control of schools, Newark receives waiver from standard QSACs
Opinion: The Fear Factor and Sweeney’s Decision to Hold His Pension Amendment
Carl Golden | Opinion
Was Senate president worried that voters might defeat the ballot question come November, giving the governor a straight shot at deciding funding levels?

August 8, 2016

Is NJ’s Corrosive Groundwater Leaching Lead into Private Well Water?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
With corrosion, heavy metal from pipes and plumbing fixtures can contaminate water at the tap even though source is lead-free
The List: Grab the Sunscreen and Hit One of New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches
Carly Sitrin | The List
Whether you want to catch a glimpse of the reclusive red fox or drop in ‘The Pocket’ and ‘shred’ a few waves — or almost anything else — New Jersey’s 700 public beaches can fill the bill
PJM Red Lights Transmission Project Involving PSE&G, Other Developers
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Operator of regional power grid suspends work until it can review cost overruns, explore alternatives
Federal Reforms Could Help NJ’s Immigrants Contribute Even More to State Economy
John Reitmeyer | Social
Collecting back taxes from undocumented immigrants, for instance, could mean a big bump in tax collections
Home Healthcare Study Will Try to ID Models of Effective Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
How do patients from various ethnic and economic backgrounds respond to different models of homecare?

August 5, 2016

New Jersey Unlikely to Follow New York’s Subsidies of Nuclear Industry
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Profitable nuclear-plant owner PSEG might like to be subsidized, but that's unlikely to happen in the Garden State
Interactive Map: NJ Doctors Got $56M In Gifts, Fees From Drug And Device Makers
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Industry, required to report payments under Affordable Care Act, also gave almost $3M to hospitals in 2015
Cooper's Right to Run Advanced EMS in Camden Upheld by Appellate Court
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Rival Virtua Health, which won a favorable ruling in a trial court, loses as appeals panel upholds state law
Guaranteed Funding for State Pensions Probably Won't Make Ballot
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Sweeney continues to tie the amendment to getting a veto-proof majority for his plan to renew the Transportation Trust Fund
Hunting Advocates Target ‘Cecil The Lion’ Law Aimed at Animal-Parts Trade
Joe Tyrrell | More Issues
Plaintiffs say the law, named after lion shot by Minnesota dentist, is preempted by federal legislation
More New Jerseyans Put Off Retirement, Many Citing Financial Concerns
NJTV News Online | Social
Nearly 25 percent of Garden State residents over age 65 are still working full- or part-time
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