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September 12, 2017

Beach Replenishment Moves Ahead After Homeowners’ Challenge Rebuffed
Kirk Moore | Energy & Environment
Bay Head decision is one more boost for the Christie administration’s push to engineer wider beaches and dunes all along the state’s 127-mile ocean coast
Explainer: Why NJ’s Cap on Raises for Cops and Firefighters Is Set to Expire
John Reitmeyer | Explainer
So-called interest-arbitration awards hold salary increases that go to binding arbitration at 2 percent. What happens to local communities if they’re allowed to sunset?
Lesniak, 'Greens' Tell Court $225M Exxon Settlement with State Way Too Small
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
Senator argues that deal gives New Jersey three cents on the dollar instead of billions of dollars in damages

September 11, 2017

Latest Teacher Evaluations Show Progress in ‘Effective’ Educators
John Mooney | Education
AchieveNJ also notes that too many high ratings might mean missed opportunities for ‘coaching’ and ‘training’
Does New Jersey Have a Shot at Being Home to Amazon’s HQ2?
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
The e-commerce giant is looking for a home for its second corporate headquarters. Newark, Jersey City, and New Brunswick say they have what it takes
State Hosts Suicide Prevention Conference to Reduce Stigma, Save Lives
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Nonprofit organizations also at work on the ground in schools, camps, clubs
State Looks to Spark Debate on Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Among questions being asked by BPU, how can state build requisite infrastructure and how long will it take
Op-Ed: On Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Me
Jeffrey Plaut | Opinion
Sometimes lost in the big picture are the personal tragedies that are very much a part of extreme weather

September 8, 2017

Interactive Map: How Cuts to Federal Funds Will Hurt NJ's School Districts
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
A reduction in federal funds would be felt by all districts; some would bear up, but others would be devastated
Bipartisan Delegation from NJ, NY Pitch President Trump on Gateway Tunnel Project
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
But administration offers no indication to governors, senators, and representatives if it will help pick up tab for ‘nation’s most important infrastructure project’
PSE&G Gets Sign-Off to Extend Energy Efficiency Programs
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility looks to help hospitals, multifamily units, and government buildings cut power and gas bills, while offering new options to residential accounts
CarePoint Health and Horizon Settle $76 Million Billing Dispute
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Agreement adds three more Hudson County hospitals to insurer’s massive network
Op-Ed: Individual Donors — the Engine that Drives American Charity
David Munshine | Opinion
Experience shows that when all sources are factored in, the total from individual donors actually accounts for close to 90 percent of all charitable giving
NJ Transit to Spend $185M on Train Storage Site that Critics Find Wanting
NJTV News Online | Transportation
NJT boss says new facility is necessary, but detractors say it’s located in a flood plain and should not be funded ahead of other priorities
Interactive Map: Federal Funds and NJ's Elementary Districts
Colleen O'Dea | Map of the Week

September 7, 2017

Prison Re-entry Group Outlines Blueprint to Benefit Former Inmates
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare, Social
Former Gov. McGreevey and other ex-execs offer blueprint for economic, health gains
Is New Jersey Finally Getting Smarter About Smart Meters?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU authorizes Rockland Electric to deploy smart meters in homes of 74,000 customers, a first for a Garden State utility
Business Leaders Say Find Fixes for NJ’s Financial Woes Before It’s Too Late
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Pointing to recent lack of substantive legislation, members of business community argue that high taxes and underfunded pension system aren’t taking a summer break
Opinion: The Time is Now for Drinking Water Utilities to Improve Their Systems
Daniel J. Van Abs | Opinion
The Water Quality Accountability Act is a major first step toward a statewide system of effective asset management for our drinking water utilities
Lesniak to Bow Out of Senate when Term Ends — but Not Out of Politics
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
One of the senior members of NJ Senate, Lesniak forms 501(c)4 to continue to advocate for progressive causes
Menendez Corruption Trial Begins, Could Take Several Weeks
NJTV News Online | Politics
Prosecutor says senator ‘sold his office,’ defense attorney says there was no crime, just friendship

September 6, 2017

New Jersey’s ‘Dreamers’ Speak Out on Trump’s Plan to Dump DACA
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Immigration
Undocumented immigrants who have called Garden State home their entire lives now threatened with being sent back to their ‘native’ countries
Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Drinking Water at 400 NJ Schools
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Results confirm lead leaching from old fixtures and pipes is extensive problem facing state’s district and charter schools
At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control
John Mooney | Education
Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years
NJ Seeks Public Input on Plan to Reorganize Addiction, Mental Health Services
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State to host 21 ‘town-hall’ meetings, plus hearings at state hospitals to review DMHAS shift
Op-Ed: Immigrant Detention — NJ's Shameful Growth Industry
Julia Draper | Opinion
Private prisons and some of New Jersey’s county jails profit quite handsomely from an inhumane immigration detention system

September 5, 2017

Spotlight on New Jersey’s Gubernatorial and Legislative Races
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Summer may be coming to an end, but the fall campaign season is just starting to heat up. Here’s look at key candidates and ballot questions
Back-to-School Special: Policy, Politics, and the Upcoming Elections
John Mooney | Education
Education always plays a big part in New Jersey politics, but this year it’s going to be an even more critical factor thanks to the gubernatorial race
Trump’s EPA Cuts Could Wreak Havoc with Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Water-related programs at federal agency could be trimmed by almost 35 percent, affecting host of efforts in place to protect water quality
Lowering Financial Bar for Medical Providers Who Want to Practice in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Tuition reimbursement, access to unemployment benefits aim to recruit and retain caregivers
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