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April 18, 2019

With Kean’s Declaration, NJ’s 2020 Congressional Races Are Off and Running
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
GOP already out gunning for state’s four freshman Democrats who flipped their districts from red to blue, characterizing them as ‘socialists’
How New Jersey Can Build a ‘Culture of Health’ and Fill in Notable Gaps in Care
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New report presents a roadmap to help policymakers create more effective and equitable healthcare programs in Garden State
Winning Rutgers Faculty Union Vows to Aid Part-Timers in Contract Battle
Carly Sitrin | Education
After agreeing a ‘historic’ contract, officials with the union representing thousands of full-time faculty and graduate employees say they will work for colleagues still at the bargaining table
NJ Transit Says Atlantic City Line, Princeton Dinky Back Next Month
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Agency announces new schedule for Atlantic City commuters and tourists, but offers no news for Raritan Valley Line, sidetracked for six months
NJ Joins Other States to Block Trump Attack on Clean Water Act
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Administration wants to roll back protection of tributaries, wetlands, and the like that shield downstream waters against pollution
Op-Ed: NJ Opposition to Changing Campus-Assault Rules Is Misguided
Andrew T. Miltenberg | Opinion
State officials opposed to Trump administration’s proposed Title IX rule changes for how schools should handle assault and harassment complaints must not overlook due process
Former Gov. Christie Delivers Soundbite with Teeth About Gov. Murphy
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
No more Mr. Nice Guy, warns Christie, ‘it’s contrary to my personality’
Booker and Harris Miss Most Votes of Senators Running in 2020
Elana Schor | Associated Press | Politics
Candidates often miss votes while out campaigning; the senators from New Jersey and California have missed 16 of 77 votes this year
Immigrant Detainee in Essex County Jail Says He Was X-Rayed for Contraband
WNYC News | More Issues
After being strip-searched, Yuri McKoy was taken to University Hospital in Newark where, he said, an X-ray showed nothing
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April 17, 2019

The Message Is a Big Part of the Mission for State Veterans Programs
John Reitmeyer | Budget
New Jersey is home to some 340,000 men and women who have served their country in the military
Rutgers Reaches Tentative Deal with Faculty Union, Part-Timers Still Negotiate
Carly Sitrin | Education
Although union members must approve agreement, a strike appears to have been averted. But no resolution yet for their part-time colleagues
Critics Slam PSEG’s Notice of Nuclear Shutdown on Eve of Subsidy Decision
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Foes say it’s an effort to intimidate Board of Public Utilities as it decides whether big subsidies are merited for three nuclear units in South Jersey
State Launches Review of Human Services Payment Reform
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey has improved the way it reimburses community-based organizations that help people with behavioral-health and other issues. Advocates say there is still huge unmet need for services
Op-Ed: NJ Residents Deserve Affordable Access to Their Prescriptions
Tina Jacobs | Opinion
Out-of-pocket costs for critical drugs can often swing wildly, leaving patients and their caregivers with few good options
Additional Long-Term Facilities Needed for NJ’s Sickest Kids?
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Healthcare
State attempts to elicit industry interest in creating more capacity have gone largely unanswered
Sweeney Introduces ‘Path to Progress’ Plan to Business Community
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
A series of government-reform ideas includes pension overhaul, reduced healthcare costs and school consolidations

April 16, 2019

Newark NIMBY on State Plan to Build Juvenile Justice Facility in Brick City
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Social justice advocates argue money earmarked for incarceration would be better spent on rehabilitation
As Decision on Nuclear Subsidies Nears, Where Is Consultant’s Report?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumer, environmental, and industry groups want to know why an independent report commissioned by the BPU has yet to be seen by the public
Pascrell Confident in Dems’ Strategy to Obtain Trump Tax Returns
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Congressman says it’s important for Congress to know whether president has any conflicts of interest and is ‘paying his fair share’
Murphy, Sweeney in Accord, More Money Should Go to Expanded Pre-K
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Budget, Education
Governor’s proposal would add another $68 million to the current allocation of $738 million all told
Op-Ed: Community Schools Could Become Hubs for Delivering Resources
G. Kennedy Greene | Opinion
Schools could be made a focal point for getting critical resources, including social services, to students and their families
Another Rough Summer Likely for NJ Transit Commuters
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Transportation
Commuters wonder if there will be a repeat of last year’s ‘Summer of Hell,’ when trains were crowded, late, and often canceled
Should Child-Abuse Caseworkers Be Considered First Responders?
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Social
More than 3,000 workers and supervisors often fulfill same role and experience similar stress as police and firefighters, commissioner says

April 15, 2019

Task Force Finds Potential Crimes in NJ’s Tax-Incentive Programs
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Panel set up to examine the state’s controversial economic-development tax breaks announces evidence of ‘potential criminal violations’ but gives no details
Lawmakers Want to Boost Health Insurance Coverage Among NJ Kids
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Enrollments of children in FamilyCare declined last year and new report shows big disparities in insurance coverage based on race, wealth, geography and immigration status
Explainer: How the SDA Was Built — and Became Scandal-Ridden
Carly Sitrin | Explainer
New Jersey’s Schools Development Authority is mired in controversy over its CEO’s hirings and firings. But the SDA has a history of troubling activities
The List: NJ Schools that ‘Underachieve’ in Serving Free Breakfast to Students
Colleen O'Dea | The List
The top 10 high-poverty schools in New Jersey that serve breakfast to fewer than 20 percent of eligible schoolgoers
Op-Ed: NJ Should Seize Opportunity to Step Away from Graduation Tests
Lisa Guisbond and Julie Borst | Opinion
A recent court ruling gives the state a chance to move toward ‘better forms of assessment, quality and fairness’

April 12, 2019

Trump EO Would Stop States from Using Water Quality to Block Pipelines
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
President looks to prevent states from using Clean Water Act to reject energy projects that could pollute ground water, streams, lakes, and similar resources
Murphy Signs Law Ensuring Parity for Mental Health Insurance Coverage
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Federal law already requires equal insurance coverage for mental and physical healthcare, but advocates say that promise falls short at times
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