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April 30, 2018

Repollet Delivers PARCC Pitch and Plan to Educators
John Mooney | Education
Acting education commissioner explains where the state is with the contentious test — and where it’s headed
Program to Feed Hungry Kids, Families Should Build on Strong Foundation
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Child and Adult Care Food Program is getting job done, according to report, but could reach more children and parents if it made needed reforms
Murphy Talks Politics, Disses His Predecessor
NJTV News Online | Politics
Governor discusses his first 100 days and how he plans to work with Legislature to get his budget approved
Subaru of America Decides to Call Camden ‘Home’
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Company CEO says they’ve already given over $2 million in just the past two years to charitable organization in the city

April 27, 2018

Opinion: PARCC’s Long Goodbye, a Very Good Thing for New Jersey
Laura Waters | Opinion
Promising to scrap PARCC on Day 1 made for a good sound bite, but it makes for bad education policy
PSEG Will Pay $39M for Bidding Errors to Power Grid Operator
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Mistakes chiefly affect how much customers pay for electricity
Federal Autism Study Shows New Jersey’s Rates on the Rise
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Diagnosis of disorder jumps 19 percent among eight-year-olds since 2012
New Jersey’s Voting Machines: Is Safe Enough Good Enough?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Although the state’s voting machines aren’t linked to the internet, experts warn that gives officials a false sense of security. What’s needed are machines that deliver a paper audit trail of every vote
Sweeney Speaks: Boosting Corporate Taxes, Blocking Millionaires Tax
John Reitmeyer | Politics
In an interview with NJ Spotlight, state Senate president discusses plan to levy new taxes on companies netting more than $1M annually and why he still sees tax hikes as a last resort

April 26, 2018

Opinion: Sweeney’s Jersey City Gambit for Education Aid
Carl Golden | Opinion
The Senate president’s strategy to redistribute aid from overfunded districts is far more palatable than Murphy’s plan to raise taxes
DOH Budget Hearing Highlights Changes under Gov. Murphy
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers question funding cuts to some pet programs
Murphy Celebrates 100 Days in Office, Will Next 100 Be More of a Challenge?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Ahead for the new governor: getting his budget, the largest in state history, through the Legislature, the millionaires tax, school funding — and that’s just for starters
Supersized Natural-Gas Power Plant Would Supply Energy to New York
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
North Bergen OK with proposed site, but administration, environmentalists argue it would add to air pollution in stressed urban area
Poll: Murphy at 100 Days — off the Charts or off the Mark?
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Rather than assessing the governor’s first 100 days, we’d like to know how our readers rank and rate him
Racial tensions flare at Newark’s elite Science Park High School
Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | Education
Parents, teachers, administrators, and students wrestle with admission policies that some say are racist

April 25, 2018

Newark Faces Court Test over Lead Levels in Water
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Two organizations argue city supplies show nearly twice the federal-action level for the contaminant
‘Black Mamas’ Highlight Racial Maternal-Health Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey leaders acknowledge state ‘needs to do better’
Dollar for Dollar — Gender Pay-Equity Law Signed by Gov. Murphy
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Legislation also bars companies from punishing employees who discuss their pay with colleagues, allows workers to sue for triple damages if they can prove discrimination
NJ's Top Court Ends Lifetime Registration for Minors Under Megan’s Law
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Unanimous ruling says requiring juvenile sex offenders to register and notify their communities for life is violation of due process
It Was a Traffic Jam, Not a Crime!
NJTV News Online | Politics
Attorneys for Kelly, Baroni seek to overturn Bridgegate convictions
Fort Monmouth Poised for Second Life as Tech Hub
NJTV News Online | Planning
Sprawling, two-square-mile property could also be redeveloped as walkable community for millennials

April 24, 2018

Making Life a Little Easier for Women — or Any Parent — Serving Time in Prison
Colleen O'Dea | Social
High-profile arrests of prison guards charged with sexual assault in state’s only women’s prison draw attention to problems some lawmakers say have been neglected too long
Acting Education Commissioner Says PARCC Here for at Least Another Year
John Mooney | Education
Repollet explains the expensive ins and outs of ending one testing program and ramping up another
Nationwide Expansion of NJ Program to Reduce Opioid Use
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Strategy makes opioids the drug of last resort in emergency rooms, cutting their use in state’s busiest ER by more than 80 percent
DEP Denies Lakewood’s Bid for Designation as Regional Center
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection blocks huge development project for second time, citing failure to address water-supply needs
Murphy Says He’ll Back NJ Transit Plans to Get More Bus Drivers on the Road
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Governor also indicates he’s behind the push to hire other personnel to help agency achieve on-time performance across the state
The Asylum Paradox
Matt Katz|WNYC | Immigration
Once they've been granted asylum, immigrants often have nowhere to go, and may spend the night in homeless shelters or on the streets
What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts
John Mooney | Education
OLS releases figures that put a price tag on full funding — increase would be offset by reduction of $660 million in transition aid

April 22, 2018

Hospital Aid Remains Stable, Following Years of Cuts
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
But charity care for mostly urban hospitals would be beefed up by Murphy’s decision not to take money away from the program
The List: Dems Who’ve Scored Big Using Website for Small Donations
Colleen O'Dea | The List
ActBlue’s digital fundraising tools let voters make mostly small donations to the candidates and causes they support — and has pulled in $3.6 million to date
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