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August 5, 2014

NJ Slow to Respond With Plans to Deal with Threat Posed by Climate Change
WHYY/NewsWorks | Sandy
Towns in areas threatened by prospect of rising sea levels go it alone, with help from nonprofit environmental groups
Agenda: State Board Takes up “Student Growth Objectives” for Teachers
John Mooney | Education
New measure of teacher effectiveness among the items at top of agenda for mid-summer meeting
Explainer: SNAP Helps 1 in 10 New Jersey Residents Put Food on Table
Hank Kalet | Explainer
Food stamps program was renamed, in part, to reflect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s focus on healthier diet

August 4, 2014

Analysis: Specter of Willie Horton Hangs Over Push for Speedy Vote on Bail Reform
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Christie aspirations, state politics drive constitutional amendment to ballot this November despite unanswered questions about costs, legality
Ex-Police Officer Battling Parkinson’s Disease Fights to Heighten Awareness
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Proposed legislation would provide funding for campaign to educate public, healthcare professionals and first responders
Speaking Volumes: Who Are the Best Literary Voices from the Garden State?
Paula Saha | 2014 Summer Reading
Some of the nation’s best writers hail from New Jersey. We invite you to tell us your favorites
Petition Calls on BPU to Protect Consumers Who Switch Utilities
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
NJ Division of Rate Counsel wants clearer disclosure of contract terms, shorter waiting period before customers can switch back to previous provider
Merger of Four Schools in Hunterdon County Offers Glimpse of Benefits, Costs
John Mooney | Education
New K-12 regional district hasn’t really cut spending, at least for now, but some gains from streamlining are already apparent
The List: Which Nursing Homes Rank Among Best for Safety, Quality?
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, The List
Eight facilities in NJ shine brightest in federal government’s five-star rating system

August 1, 2014

Camden Gets Ready for Debut of Three New Charter-School Networks
John Mooney | Education
State-appointed superintendent releases contract details; critics say charters get special treatment
If Federal Children’s Health Insurance Ends, NJ Families Will Have Much to Lose
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
More than a year ahead of deadline for program’s expiration, Pallone pushes to renew CHIP funding
Open-Space Funding Gets One Last Chance to Get Spot on November Ballot
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Politics
Assembly plans to post measure Monday that would use corporate business tax to establish stable source of funding for popular program
Opinion: When Disaster Looms, Doing Nothing Is Not an Option
R. William Potter and Dr. Clara S. Haignere | Opinion
Aided by climate-change deniers in the administration, Christie and Co. are helping precipitate a global disaster
Charting the Incidence of HIV/AIDS Across NJ's Counties and Cities
Colleen O'Dea | Healthcare, Maps, Map of the Week
HIV/AIDS has become a chronic illness, rather than a death sentence, but individuals and populations remain at risk

July 31, 2014

New Jersey Assembly Snubs Christie
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The Democratic Assembly flexed its muscle Thursday, opting to leave the Statehouse instead of voting on a bail reform package that Gov. Chris Christie called them back from summer vacation to vote on . . .
Low-Income NJ Residents More Likely to Seek Healthcare at Hospitals
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Report’s author suggests Medicaid ACOs might reverse trend by addressing social and economic factors
Opinion: My Pension vs. Gov. Christie's Presidential Aspirations
Mark Weber | Opinion
Forget the scare tactics and half-truths, public employee pensions are payments for work already done
PSE&G May Ramp Up Energy-Efficiency Program, Dig Up Old Gas Pipes
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Possible plans for future, including bigger investment in 'Energy Strong' discussed during PSEG earnings call
Learning to Fly -- and Fall -- at Newark's Quitman Street Renew School
Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report | Education
For a 12-year-old girl and her school, high stakes inside the classroom and out
Poll: New Jersey's Beaches -- Still the Best, Second Place, or Third-Rate?
Polling
Does the Jersey Shore still live up to its reputation, or have overcrowding and overdevelopment taken their toll?

July 30, 2014

Christie Cites ‘Cadillac Tax’ In Push To Cut Public Employee Benefits
Mark J. Magyar | Budget, Politics
Governor: Obamacare tax would cost New Jersey $261 million in 2018 and $837 million by 2022 if health insurance costs aren’t cut
First Responders Share Blame for Problems at Paulsboro Toxic Spill, NTSB Says
Tara Nurin | Energy & Environment
Report assigns most responsibility to Conrail, but recommends changes in training for emergency workers, municipal planning
Healthcare Groups in NJ Embrace Trend Toward More Accountability
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Eight applicants seek to join Medicaid demonstration project slated to start in late 2014
Profile: Preservation and Resilience on New Jersey's Delaware Bayshore
Scott Gurian | Profiles
Meghan Wren wants to share rich cultural heritage of the Bayshore, and ensure that it gets its fair share of Sandy recovery funds
Overpumping of Aquifer, Overdevelopment Threaten Pinelands, Report Says
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Problems already can be seen in communities in or near vast nature preserve, including contamination of shellfish beds
State Education Chief Says He’ll Stick with Current Staff Configuration
John Mooney | Education
Hespe disputes state auditor’s assertion that county office understaffing violates law
It’s Summertime, and Making a Living Still Isn’t Easy at the Jersey Shore
NJTV | Sandy
Panelists discuss progress of economic recovery in the aftermath of Sandy – and the struggles still ahead

July 29, 2014

Grid Operator Not Good to Go With PSE&G Transmission Proposal
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
PJM wants to consider plans submitted by other 'finalists' in ongoing selection process
New Poll Reflects Unease About Tying Teacher Ratings to Test Scores
John Mooney | Education
Fairleigh Dickinson survey reveals New Jerseyans not knowledgeable about Common Core standards
New Jersey School District Attempts to Bridge the Digital Divide
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report | Education
In Hoboken, giving laptops to junior- and senior-high school students wasn't a solution but the beginning of a big problem
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