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November 14, 2014

An NJ Spotlight Webinar: Preserving Conventional Phone Service in New Jersey
Energy & Environment, Webinars
Conventional phone service isn't a moneymaker for telcos, but it's a lifeline to a number of New Jerseyans

November 13, 2014

How Christie Will Rely on Mouth, Money & Moxie To Run For President
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Everywhere Gov. Chris Christie went around the country in the final week of the mid-term elections, people kept praising him for this: "Sit down and shut up!"
Is Atlantic City In Line for a State-Appointed Emergency Manager?
Meir Rinde | Planning
Christie says report from Gaming Commission recommends state take over troubled community, institute deep cuts in services, employee benefits
Plenty of Life Left in Copper-Line Phone Service, Say Consumer Advocates
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight webinar, advocates argue that customers, especially elderly ones, should not be switched to wireless without their permission
Opponents of Hospital Sale to For-Profit Chain Want State to Add Stipulations
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Newark mayor joins effort to block takeover of Saint Michael’s Medical Center by Prime Healthcare, seek new bidders
Trenton, Other Troubled NJ Cities Seek to Stem Tide of Urban Housing Decay
Joe Tyrrell | Housing
Homesteading initiative and other efforts seek to stave off blight, crime, economic drain spawned by abandoned properties
Student Essay Helps Holocaust Educator Earn Place in NJ Hall of Fame
John Mooney | Education
After tirelessly taking her story to adults and children across New Jersey, Maud Dahme to be honored as ‘unsung hero’ in her home state
Poll: Is It Time for Gov. Christie to Resign and Run?
Polling
Can the governor run the state while he’s on the campaign trail, can he fill his campaign coffers while he’s here?

November 12, 2014

It May Pay to Shop Again for Health Coverage Through Insurance Marketplace
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
New plans may be less expensive or offer wider provider networks than existing offerings from first year of ACA
Atlantic City Summit: Charting a Future for Struggling Community
Meir Rinde | Planning
Efforts to rebrand city as general tourist destination seem to be working -- but casino closures still taking heavy toll on local economy
DEP to Issue Draft Water Permit for PSEG’s Salem Nuclear Power Plant
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists hope agreement will stop wholesale slaughter of billions of fish caught up in water used to cool generating station
Teachers Add Critical Voice to State's Newly Named Testing Commission
John Mooney | Education
While skeptics worry Christie appointees will rubber-stamp state policy, two named to panel express optimism that dissident voices will be heard
Profile: New Anchor for NJTV Brings News Pedigree and Ratings
John Mooney | Profiles
Mary Alice Williams comes back to work in New Jersey after national prominence in broadcasting
At Launch of Nonprofit, Murphy’s Speech Takes on Gubernatorial Tone
John Mooney | Politics
New Jersey’s middle class was theme of pol-studded get-together, which also featured appearance by Jon Bon Jovi
The List: On the Road Again -- Where Chris Christie's Been During the Past Year
Colleen O'Dea | The List
New Jersey's governor has an urge to travel; here’s the top 10 (or so) places where he's been spotted

November 10, 2014

Opinion: Divided We Govern, Both in Trenton and Washington, D.C.
Dick Zimmer | Opinion
Despite deep partisan differences, lawmakers can still get things done
Link Between Crime and Brain Injuries Prompts Push for Legislation
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Bill would require state to increase screening for brain injury among at-risk youth
New Jersey Receives One-Year Extension of ‘No Child Left Behind Act’ Waiver
John Mooney | Education
But feds say state must fine-tune its system for intervening in certain low-achieving schools
PSEG Chief Calls for Greater Energy Efficiency, New Business Paradigm
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Izzo says state's infrastructure needs major updates, cites changes in technology, lifestyle, and climate

November 8, 2014

This Week in Politics: Chris Christie, Billionaire Whisperer
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
This week in politics one of our area governors, New Jersey's Chris Christie, wins big nationally and starts whispering to billionaires ...

November 7, 2014

Jersey City Mayor Wants to Put Municipality Ahead of the Health Curve
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Fulop aims to change city role to being proactive instead of reactive
Interactive Map: Where NJ Residents Voted, Where They Stayed Home
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Historically low voter turnout leaves experts concerned about what can be done to bring the numbers up
Votes Show School Districts Reluctant to Approve Spending Above Tax Caps
John Mooney | Education
Funding for construction projects fares better, school board races continue to be lightly contested
Making Sense of the 2014 Midterm Elections -- Locally and Nationally
Politics
Tune in this streaming video from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University

November 6, 2014

How Will the GOP Sweep Affect Clean Energy in New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Politics
A Republican-controlled Congress could mean the rollback of EPA regulations, reduced subsidies for solar and wind
School Report Card Shows New Jersey’s Grades Holding Steady
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | Education
As NJ moves to Common Core, marginal changes are good news, some states see ratings plummet
Poll: Did You Make Your Voice Heard on Election Day?
Polling
Only about a third of registered voters turned out, were you among them?
Caring for NJ’s Most Vulnerable: Babies Born to Addicted Mothers
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Children’s Specialized Hospital is developing full-spectrum treatment for infants who start life addicted to opioids
After the PowerPoint, Newark’s Superintendent Candid about Challenges
John Mooney | Education
Anderson talks about competition from charter schools, time spent getting to know teachers and students’ families

November 5, 2014

Voters Answer Resounding ‘Yes’ to New Jersey’s Two Ballot Questions
Tom Johnson | Politics, Elections 2014
Constitutional amendments setting up stable source of funding for open-space preservation, changing bail-granting process are both approved
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