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September 16, 2016

$20M for Lead Abatement to Come from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Money would be used for public buildings with high levels of lead, but environmentalists and business lobbyists oppose source of funding
Would ‘Public Option’ Help Stabilize NJ’s Health Insurance Marketplace?
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
With only two providers offering policies, a government-run insurance plan could spur competition, ensure wide range of choices
Not Enough Funding for Fight Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Joe Tyrrell | Social
Agencies and professionals in New Jersey are cooperating more on the issue, but good intentions outstrip available resources
Public Water Utilities, Loath to Raise Rates, Must Deal with Aging Pipes, Pumps
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Officials pass the cost along to coming generations, industry expert says, and others warn of total breakdown
Interactive Map: More People Getting Health Insurance in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Nine in 10 residents now are covered. That’s better than the national figure, but it’s unclear what changes in the marketplace might do
NJ Bail Reform Aimed at Freeing Those Unable to Pay Even Small Amounts
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Lawyers and officials gathered for a seminar on the program, which takes effect January 1
Democrats Hope Gottheimer Can Beat Vulnerable Garrett In 5th District
NJTV News Online | Politics
New Jersey’s most conservative congressional representative is opposed by Josh Gottheimer, a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton

September 15, 2016

New Jersey Government Agencies Add Their Voices to PennEast Protest
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Among the objections, one familiar to opponents: The state doesn’t need the natural gas the pipeline would deliver
New Jersey is First in the Nation for Adult Children Living with their Parents
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Several factors – mostly rooted in economics – contribute to the fact that nearly half of New Jerseyans aged 18 to 34 still live at home
PSEG Power Considers Decommissioning Two Coal-Fired Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company indicates that low cost of natural gas has put economic pressure on coal and nuclear units
Growing Faith-Based Healthcare Program Shows Results in New Jersey Cities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Churches, temples, and mosques are at the heart of a state-supported program to help religious groups promote healthy eating and exercise
Poll: Do You Expect Any Surprises to Come Out of the Bridgegate Trial?
The massive traffic tie-up has been under the media microscope for a long time. Is there anything left to learn?
Op-Ed: ESSA Offers Opportunity for Schools to Change Course
Wendell Steinhauer | Opinion
Stakeholder involvement in the requisite re-imagining and re-inventing – by educators and parents alike – is critical if ESSA is to reach its full potential
Council President: Atlantic City Likely to Default On State Bridge Loan
NJTV News Online | Politics
Gov. Christie: That would mean a state takeover of city finances
Teacher Says Imprisoned Former Student Taught Him a Valuable Lesson
NJTV News Online | Education
Montclair teacher Dan Gill takes part in a documentary that explores the downward trajectory of a bright student

September 14, 2016

Critics Call on DEP to Hold Line on Septic-Tank Density in Highlands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency argues its proposal allows for development while protecting source of drinking water for some 6 million people
LGBT Advocates Hope Expanded Infertility Coverage Is Just the Start
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The head of Garden State Equality says a lawsuit by three lesbian couples has put a spotlight on the health needs of the gay community
Tough New Limit Proposed for a Toxic Chemical in New Jersey's Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
If adopted, the new standard for PFOA would make the state a national leader in regulation of the chemical
Opinion: Look Before You Close That Loophole — Combined Reporting in NJ
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Mandatory combined reporting would fundamentally reshape state’s approach to corporate taxation, with major implications for New Jersey’s business climate and economy
Jury Selection Begins for Bridgegate Trial
NJTV News Online | Politics
Three years since lane closures on the GWB turned into a great political scandal, jury selection began yesterday for the trial of officials alleged to be involved
Why Cape May Is a Draw for Hawkwatchers from All Over the World
WHYY Newsworks | More Issues
The annual hawkwatch count, which has just begun at Cape May, is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area

September 13, 2016

NJ Hospitals Join Forces to Reduce Deaths Caused by Sepsis
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The occurrence and often fatal effects of sepsis have been greatly reduced here because hospitals are cooperating to diagnose and treat the infection
Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Christie's Treasury Nominee to Full Senate
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor’s pick to oversee the state budget defended administration’s TTF position during hearing
Senate Committee ‘Green Lights’ Sweeney’s School-Funding Plan
Chase Brush | Education
A first step in what Senate president hopes is an end run around Christie
Frustrations with Verizon’s Basic Phone Service Continue to Simmer in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates call on BPU for in-depth investigation of connectivity problems with telecom giant’s copper-line service
Explainer: The Mystery of New Jersey’s Statewide Water Supply Plan
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Supposedly vital to state and local planning, the blueprint should be updated and published every five years but it’s twenty years since that happened
Opinion: Small Rise in NJ Insurance Premiums, Even as Competition Declines
Katherine Hempstead and Joel C. Cantor | Opinion
The loss of two carriers hasn’t pushed up the cost of individual coverage in the Garden State, though that might be the expected outcome
Menendez Pushes to Fast-Track Flood Mitigation In Rahway River Basin
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reduce flooding in the 82-square-mile river basin that was hit hard by Hurricane Irene

September 12, 2016

Sweeney to Bypass Christie to Set Up School-Funding Commission
John Mooney | Education
Senate president hopes to work with Republicans in the Legislature to create a bipartisan commission by resolution
Short-Term Fixes for Long-Term Student Loan Problems
Colleen O'Dea | Education
Legislators introduce a raft of measures to address ‘egregious’ aspects of how student debt is handled in New Jersey
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