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December 4, 2018

Murphy on Looming ACA Enrollment Deadline: Get Out and Get Coverage
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
Speaking at library in Elizabeth, governor also fields questions about sexual assault investigation, Honeywell’s decision to move execs to North Carolina

December 3, 2018

Making Housing the Priority for Homeless People in NJ — over Treatment or Sobriety
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The ‘housing first’ model of treating homeless people in a ‘humanistic and holistic way’ is gaining ground in the Garden State as elsewhere in the country
Small Businesses Get the Love from NJ After Years of Tax Breaks for the Big Guys
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Murphy administration changes state’s economic-development focus. A new loan program, other supports on offer after years of billions of dollars in sweeteners for big companies
Pumping Up State Spending on Open Space, Land Preservation, Parks
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Extra funding to help acquire open space and to deal with ‘massive backlogs’ in park maintenance after logjam between Christie administration and legislators
Judge Rules DOJ Can’t Force Local Law Enforcement to Help ICE
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
Decision clears way for New Jersey to receive blocked funds. NJ had joined lawsuit saying that conditions sought by Department of Justice were unconstitutional
Op-Ed: It’s Time to Rethink How We Move People and Goods Around New Jersey
Jeff Perkins | Opinion
A clean transportation system would have benefits for the state’s public health and economy. It would also create investment opportunities
Olive Branch or Stick? — Sweeney Calls on Murphy to ‘Get in a Room’ and Talk
NJTV News Online | Politics
New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are at odds over landmark legislative issues. When will they talk things out?
Canine Detectives Doggedly Inspect the Water Quality
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
Kai and Remi are working to sniff out evidence of human fecal pollution in the Navesink River

November 30, 2018

Grewal Announces New Rules for How NJ Law Enforcement Will Deal with ICE
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
Attorney General limits cooperation with federal efforts to detain, deport undocumented residents
‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Chance to Make New Jersey Capital of Offshore Wind?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Big tax credits being readied for developers, but state put on alert that huge investments necessary to enable ports to handle massive turbines, other equipment
Opinion: Murphy-Sweeney Tensions Put Damper on Dems’ Progressive Agenda
Carl Golden | Opinion
Victory was sweet for Democrats when Phil Murphy easily won election a year ago. But rancor between the governor and Senate President Steve Sweeney threatens to splinter the party
Former Workers Press Beef About Toys ‘R’ Us Creditor with State Pension Council
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Idled workers say a hedge fund that holds $300 million in state pension assets is not participating in a vital severance relief package
Opioids: Unique NJ Study of Genetic and Other Links to Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Trying to better understand the scourge and help identify new prevention strategies as more than 3,000 opioid-related deaths anticipated in New Jersey this year
National Labor Leader Irate over Kean University’s New China Strategy
Carly Sitrin | Education
‘How dare we let it happen right under our eyes,’ says AFT president Randi Weingarten, referring to transfer of faculty at Kean’s Wenzhou outpost to Chinese government employment
For New Jersey Jails, Suicides and Overdoses, but Little Oversight
WNYC News | Social
By one count, New Jersey's county jails have the highest rate of deaths in custody of the 30 largest systems in the nation
Trying to Tackle Hunger in Garden State with Legislation
NJTV News Online | Politics
State officials estimate that 13 percent of New Jersey residents are affected by ‘food insecurity’
Officials, Developers See Signs Tide Is Turning in Atlantic City
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Modeling the metamorphosis of the state’s one-time gambling mecca on successes elsewhere along the Jersey Shore

November 29, 2018

Three of NJ’s Rookie House Members Buck Other Dems Over Choice of Pelosi
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, Jeff Van Drew, and Andrew Kim, who all flipped seats held by the GOP, are among a minority who oppose current House minority leader for Speaker’s slot
Lawmakers Mull Blockchain Study As Way to Upgrade Public Data Systems
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Task force would explore how the technology behind Bitcoin could be tapped to upgrade New Jersey's notoriously out-of-date systems.
Healthcare Issues Drove Voters in November, Stand to Shape New Congress
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey’s blue wave — and its national counterpart — turns the tide on Trump administration’s attempts to undermine ACA
Poll: Is Marijuana Measure Good to Go or Does It Need To Be Tweaked?
NJ Spotlight | Polling
Now that we’ve all had a good laugh about the joint committee on marijuana legalization, we want to know what you think is right — or wrong — with the legislation
Op-Ed: #MeToo Movement Meets Maternity Care
Jill Wodnick | Opinion
It's critical to listen to women in every aspect of their lives, and there are few times more important than when maternal healthcare is the issue
Crime Rates Plunge in New Jersey, and Bail Reform Advocates Are Gloating
WNYC News Online | Social
Doing away with cash bail in most cases has definitely not led to the spike in crime naysayers warned was coming
75 Gather in Morris for Training Session on School Shootings
NJTV News Online | Education
Similar programs, focusing on prevention, will be held next month in other counties, including Bergen and Middlesex
Cold Snap Puts Sea Turtles at Risk of Washing Up on NJ Beaches
WHYY News Online | Energy & Environment
Experts ask beachcombers to contact them if they spot any turtles, since some may be not dead but ‘cold-stunned’

November 28, 2018

University Hospital Newark Faces New Scrutiny Following Infant Deaths
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Four premature babies in the facility’s NICU became infected with an anitibiotic-resistant bacterium; three died, including two during the week of Thanksgiving
Are There Lessons in History — and Tammany Hall — for Stalled Gateway Project?
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Key parts of the Hudson River rail network went into service 108 years ago yesterday. The history could be instructive for those who are trying to renew the crumbling infrastructure
Smith Aims to Get State on Faster Track to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State lawmaker seeks to put the squeeze on Murphy administration to deliver on ambitious goal of lowering carbon pollution
Grewal Issues New Rules for How Law Enforcement Handles Sexual-Assault Cases
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Governor had asked for a review of existing protocols amid controversy over the hiring of a key official accused of sexual assault by another administration official
Jobs the Focus as Governor Launches High School STEM Program
NJTV News Online | Education
‘It’s STEM on steroids,’ says mayor whose city will be one of the first to benefit from the initiative
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