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September 10, 2018

NJ’s Missing Apprentices: State Urged to Do More to Increase their Number
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Social
New Jersey compares poorly with other states when it comes to supporting apprenticeship programs. Report urges policymakers to introduce robust incentives
Opinion: A Good Start Toward a Multiyear Budget Strategy for New Jersey
Richard F. Keevey | Opinion
There are no quick fixes for the state’s ongoing budget crisis, but the best place to begin is with the chronically underfunded pension system
The Man at the Center of New Jersey’s Affordable Housing Debate
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, new chairman of key housing committee, says the conversation on fair and cost-effective accommodation in Garden State has just begun
Death of Child after She Was Detained by ICE Sparks NJ Protest
NJTV News | Immigration
Guatemalan girl was put on plane in Texas and sent to New Jersey even though she was sick. She died shortly after arriving in Garden State

September 7, 2018

Is It Time for New Jersey to License Undocumented Drivers?
Carly Sitrin | Immigration
Advocates and some legislators say it’s more than time. Besides, given NJ’s car culture, a fair number of undocumented residents are already behind the wheel — illegally
AG Launches Investigation into Possible Sex Crimes Involving Catholic Priests
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Allegations of extensive clerical child abuse in Pennsylvania prompt Grewal to create task force, establish new sex-abuse hotline
As Public Concern About PFAS Climbs, EPA Urged to Set Enforceable Standard
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
At congressional hearing, advocates say federal government needs to address contamination worries
EPA Funds Will Help Garden State Resolve Some of Its Water Woes
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The $84 million to be distributed across New Jersey will go toward addressing outstanding issues with sewage treatment and drinking water
State Hospital Group Launches Data Analysis Initiative
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The New Jersey Hospital Association’s CHART program will harness predictive computer modeling, data mining to focus on NJ’s healthcare challenges
Op-Ed: More Than Academics — It’s Time to Elevate HS Graduation Requirements
Scott Taylor | Opinion
It’s up to the state Board of Education to continue New Jersey’s national leadership in innovation and quality education

September 6, 2018

NJ Legislators Offer Plan to Reduce Impact of Medical Debt
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Measure would require providers to work out payment plans before turning bills over to collection agencies, better protect disabled patients
Would Newark Airport Pay Increase Give Murphy His Minimum-Wage Victory?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
The governor campaigned on a promise to boost the minimum wage. If the Port Authority votes to raise salaries of airport workers, has Murphy made good on his pledge?
Pilot Community Solar Project Could Be Getting Its Moment in the Sun
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration looks to deliver the benefits of solar power to low- and moderate-income customers
State’s Complete Count Commission Knows NJ Can’t Afford a Sloppy Census
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
But there are daunting challenges ahead, like making sure hard-to-count populations — such as undocumented immigrants and the urban poor — participate fully in 2020 Census
Opinion: New Jersey’s Short-Term Fiscal Fixes Mean Long-Term Disaster
Carl Golden | Opinion
The ‘Sweeney commission’ has shown that one-shots and other revenue gimmicks can only lead to trouble, but will the pols and the public unions give them up?
Biden Stumps for Sherrill, Blasts Trump Administration, at Campaign Rally
NJTV News Online | Politics
Gov. Murphy calls for leaders who talk to their constituents, rather than tweet
Can New Jersey Save Its Long-Neglected Psychiatric Hospitals?
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
The state DOH says it’s already acting on a multifaceted plan commissioned by Christie administration but only recently delivered
Newark’s New Schools Superintendent: Interview with a Change Agent
NJTV News Online | Education
Just six days into the new school year, Roger León looks to the future with confidence and conviction

September 5, 2018

Talk About Stalled Trans-Hudson Tunnel, Portal Bridge Takes on Ominous Tone
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
New Jersey officials cite national security and commuter safety — and the Titanic — as they urge Trump administration to make good on promises about infrastructure investments
NJ Becomes First State to Regulate Carcinogenic Chemical as EPA Lags
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Garden State water systems must start testing for PFNA in early 2019
Murphy Boosts Medical Education Funding, Tweaks Plan for Hospital Aid
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Governor signs bill that could add $24 million to funds for graduate medical studies, CVs measure increasing Medicaid to charity-care facilities
NJ Dems Warn Trump Supreme Court Nominee Threat to Gun Safety
NJTV News Online | Politics
Sen. Bob Menendez and Bill Castner — Murphy’s gun-control czar — argue that if appointed Judge Kavanaugh could undermine state’s tough stand on gun violence
Gov. Murphy Pledged, But Hasn't Delivered, Funds for Immigrants
Matt Katz, WNYC News | Immigration
NJ's chief executive allocated $2.1 million for legal aid for immigrants in the budget approved in July
In NJ, Incidence of STDs Increases While People Are Having Less Sex
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
Double-digit growth of sexually transmitted diseases in Garden State tracks national trends

September 4, 2018

Candidates Continue to Turn Up the Heat in NJ’s Hottest Campaigns
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
An unexpectedly narrow margin in the state’s Senate race, and plenty of outside money buying TV spots and looking to flip red districts, are keeping some New Jersey’s contests on the boil
Back to School in NJ Means Big Changes in Testing and Funding …
John Mooney | Education
… and a potentially controversial push for district consolidation waiting in the wings
Express Toll Lanes Could Help NJ Motorists Steer Clear of Congestion
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
A proposal to build high occupancy toll lanes on state’s most crowded highways is getting serious consideration from Sweeney and Sarlo
BPU Gets Down to Job of Deciding Which Nuclear Plants Will Be Subsidized
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agency to follow two-step process, creating zero-emission credit program and then determining which applicants qualify for ratepayer subsidies
New Jersey Expands Medicaid Coverage for End-of-Life Planning
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Changes will help ensure clients’ final wishes are heeded and should save costs on unwanted, unnecessary medical care

August 30, 2018

Summer Reading 2018: Classic Coming-of-Age Novella Set in NJ in Early ‘60s
NJ Spotlight | 2018 Summer Reading
Of his home city, Philip Roth’s protagonist has a, ‘deep knowledge of Newark, an attachment so rooted that it could not help but branch out into affection’
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