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August 4, 2016

Sweeney Accuses Unions of Threats and Bribery Over Pension Funding
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
State’s top Democrat –- and probable gubernatorial candidate -- accuses NJEA and others of intimidation tactics
Court Challenge Likely for New HS Graduation Requirements Tied to PARCC Testing
John Mooney | Education
New rules supposed to take effect in 2021 but critics, including ACLU, charge they violate state law
State Moves Closer To Guaranteed Public Access to Beaches And Shore
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Effort to secure public access to the coastal waterfront moves forward, but many issues remain unresolved
Mental Health, Addiction Agencies Facing Problems With New Billing Reforms
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Providers say the shift to fee-for-service reimbursement may hurt ability to serve the neediest patients
Public-Employee Pension System Won’t Invest So Heavily in Hedge Funds
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Unions score big victory as investment managers decide to scale back allocations by more than half
Opinion: Developers Benefit While Environmentalists Suffer Double Setback
R. William Potter | Opinion
Two little-noticed decisions could gag environmentalists and impede elected officials who want to tighten planning regulations
Work To Begin On Beachfront Luxury Condos In Long Branch
NJTV News Online | Planning
The Jersey Shore city appears to be making slow progress on 20-year-old comeback
Month Into Strike, Trump Taj Mahal Announces Plan To Close After Labor Day
NJTV News Online | More Issues
The president of Local 54, UNITE Here, says investor Carl Icahn unwilling to negotiate and trying to ‘punish’ strikers

August 3, 2016

Politics Playing a Part, Christie Hails Improved Scores On PARCC Tests
John Mooney | Education
The number of students taking the controversial tests was also up in the second year of the standardized exams
New Jersey to Test How to Reduce Healthcare Costs, Improve Quality
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey will be one of the test sites for a major new public-private initiative to overhaul the way doctors, nurses, other providers deliver services and are paid
Environmentalists Say DEP’s New Flood-Prevention Compromise Is A ‘Dirty Deal’
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Critics say new rule will increase development, pollute drinking water supplies, make flooding more likely
Increasing Pressure on DEP to Heed Scientists, Regulate Toxic Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Sen. Lesniak wants DEP to speed up its processes to control hazardous chemicals in drinking water
Acting State Treasurer Gets High-Level Democratic Support for Confirmation
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Sen. Paul Sarlo, head of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, praises Ford Scudder’s openness during this year’s spending debate
Bridges On New Jersey Rail Freight Lines in Need of Safety Upgrades
NJTV News Online | Transportation
But repairs or replacement are delayed by lack of funds due to Transportation Trust Fund stalemate
State's Millennials Put Off Ownership of Their Own Homes for Good Reasons
NJTV News Online | Social, Housing
Student loans and the high cost of living among reasons many young New Jerseyans live with their parents

August 2, 2016

Senate Fails To Vote On Transportation Trust Fund, Pension Amendment
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Transportation
Steve Sweeney, still short of votes to override an expected Christie veto, accuses the governor of ‘auditioning for Donald Trump’s cabinet’
New Law Requires Suicide-Prevention Steps at NJ Colleges, Universities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act honors the memory of a star Allendale student-athlete
DEP Issues Air Permit for Converted B.L. England Natural-Gas Plant
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue that facility will be biggest contributor to global warming in South Jersey
Agenda: State Board to Finalize HS Graduation Requirements
John Mooney | Education
Midsummer meeting also considers teacher requirements and Newark state control
Op-Ed: Are Our Students Getting the Wrong Message from the Presidential Race?
Brian P. Gatens and Matthew J. Murphy | Opinion
What message are we delivering to New Jersey’s kids when some candidates for the nation’s highest office act like sneering schoolyard bullies?
Trenton Charter School Head Uses Mindfulness to Help Kids Cope with Stress
NJTV News Online | Education
Dale Caldwell says many of his students suffer from ‘urban traumatic stress disorder’ brought on by city violence

August 1, 2016

New Jersey Senate May Delay Votes on Gas-Tax Hike, Pension Amendment
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Democratic leaders still scrambling to get enough support to override expected vetoes by Gov. Christie
Opinion: Is Lakewood NJ Pushing the Boundaries Separating Church and State?
Laura Waters | Opinion
A recently approved bill commits nearly $17 million in state money to busing the town’s Orthodox Jewish students who attend yeshivas or private day schools
BPU Files with Federal Court, Wants FERC Rehearing on New Way to Pay for Power
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, fearing spikes in power prices, joins with other states to roll back PJM scheme to increase grid reliability
Finding Alternative Ways to Treat Pain, Stem Opioid Epidemic
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Urgent need to cut rates of opioid addiction and drug deaths leads hospitals to new pain medications and one doctor to an unusual approach

July 29, 2016

DEP Agrees to New Water Regulations, Legislature Will Not Rescind Rules
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists deeply disappointed in deal, argue that administrative order used to effect change can be revised at any time
Personal Income in NJ up Almost 3%, Trailing Pennsylvania, New York
John Reitmeyer | Budget
While state’s economy is growing, gains continue to be modest and signals mixed
Interactive Map: Total Value of NJ Property Takes Slight Dip, for Second Year
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Plummeting property values in Atlantic City, Paterson help push statewide trend into the negative column
Sharing Data: One Key to Keeping Fuel Flowing During Extreme Storms
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
When public and private sectors communicate, critical energy infrastructure has better chance of staying up and running
DEP Accused of Delaying Chemical Regulation a Year after Scientists Advised Limit
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
PFNA, part of a class of chemicals linked to cancer, has been found in Paulsboro and eight other locations in NJ
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