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August 8, 2019

‘Disturbing’ Increase in NJ Bias Incidents Last Year, Especially Among Young
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Task force to combat youth bias is set up as Attorney General decries ‘rising tide of hate’
New State Guidance on Resolving Special Education Disputes
John Mooney | Education
Every year there are hundreds of special ed disputes between school districts and families. The Department of Education has issued new rules in hopes of settling them more quickly
Sweeney Supports Ban on Public Pension Investments in Gun Industry
John Reitmeyer | Politics
A divestment bill which was introduced in the Legislature last year after a gun massacre at a Florida high school gets renewed attention after the latest wave of shootings
BPU Gives Assurance that State’s Solar Projects Will Stay on Track
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
As agency takes steps to establish process to close current system of solar funding, it tells developers the market will remain stable
Booker Addresses Violence, Need for More Gun Control
Michael Hill | NJTV News | Politics
Senator speaks at site of 2015 massacre in Charleston, South Carolina; says assessing domestic terrorism threats by white supremacists should be a federal responsibility

August 7, 2019

Why Is State’s Public Pension System Still Invested in Gun Industry?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Following last year’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, some state lawmakers sought to ban pension-plan investments in gunmakers, but their bill went nowhere; Treasury also promised to review the holdings
Capping Seven-year Battle, ‘Wage-theft’ Law Is Signed By Lt. Governor
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
An employer who fails to pay all wages due to a worker now faces stiffened fines and the possibility of jail time
PennEast Reaches Major Milestone, Plans to Submit New Application to DEP
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The controversial 120-mile pipeline has wrapped up all outstanding land surveys, completing a step that kept it stalled for more than a year
NJ Launches Nation’s First Stress ‘Resiliency’ Program for Police Officers
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
An estimated 37 law-enforcement personnel have committed suicide in New Jersey since 2016
New Jersey May Refuse Title X Funding Over Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Healthcare
‘Gag rule’ imposed by Trump administration would bar any group that accepts Title X money from even discussing abortion with clients

August 6, 2019

Algae Blooms Symptomatic of Deeper Issues with NJ’s Water Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Problems like fertilizer runoff and combined-sewer overflows are well known, but state and legislators stymied by $16-billion-plus price tag to begin to rectify situation
NJ Enacts More Gun Legislation in Wake of Mass Shootings
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver signs three gun violence bills; Gov. Phil Murphy and Sen. Cory Booker call for action nationwide
Relief that $125M for Upgrades to NJ Libraries Finally on the Horizon
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Pent-up demand for improvements; officials expect to be swamped by applications from across the state
With NJ Oversight, Health Insurance Exchange Could Launch a Year Early
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Under a state proposal, New Jersey pledges to invest more than $2 million on consumer engagement for 2020 and plans to launch its own online portal by 2021
NJ Advocates Dismiss Trump’s Claim Video Games Cause Mass Shootings
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Healthcare
Gun control and rapid access to mental health treatment real keys to stem wave of violence washing over the country
Banning Discrimination Based on Hairstyles Associated with Race
Raven Santana | NJTV News | Social
Legislation aims to prevent people — including children — feeling that they have to change the way they look to be accepted
Op-Ed: Camden’s Growth About More than Lower Unemployment
Jonathan Young | Opinion
Camden’s unemployment rate has reached a 30-year low. In 2017, the city also had the highest employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds since 2009

August 5, 2019

Off-Road drivers still battling conservationists over access to Pinelands
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Three years after state dropped plan to close some trails, long-running fight remains unresolved
As Murphy Takes Bow for Record Low Unemployment, Critics Fear Future Shock
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor proud of economic policies that have been ‘paying real dividends.’ Critic says ‘cumulative impact’ of tax hikes could bite if recession occurs
New Online Tool Helps NJ Prescribers to Identify Cheaper Drug Options
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Thousands of New Jersey healthcare providers now use the tool in hopes of cutting costs to patients and medical practices
NJ Sues over Federal Plan to Cut Penalty for Fuel-Economy Violations
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey joins other states seeking to stop National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from more than halving penalty on automakers that don’t meet national standards
Op-Ed: Addressing Inequities in NJ’s Public Schools Is Moral Imperative
Lamont O. Repollet | Opinion
Education commissioner says state education officials continuously question whether policies and practices create opportunities, not unfair barriers to student learning
How New Jersey Has Reduced its Prison Population
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | Social
There are around 12,000 fewer inmates in the state today than 20 years ago; prisoner re-entry programs are seen as key to the change in numbers

August 2, 2019

Hospital Housing Initiative Grows Beyond Expectations, Funding Too
Colleen O'Dea | Healthcare, Housing
At least six partnerships bringing housing to neighborhoods surrounding hospitals are expected to be underway by this time next year
NJ Groups Join Lawsuit over Questionable New Federal Lead Standards
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Attorney claims ‘Trump’s EPA’ failed to ‘follow mainstream science and correctly update these standards for children’s sake’
Medical aid-in-dying Law Goes Into Effect
Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | Healthcare
Legislation lays out multi-step process for those choosing to end their life when facing a terminal illness
Judge Tosses Norcross Suit Against Murphy’s Task Force On EDA
NJTV News | More Issues
Panel created by the governor is looking into questions about how tax incentives were awarded by the agency
Opinion: Can We Afford All This Healthcare Spending?
Richard F. Keevey | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy
Booker Beats On Biden In Second Democratic Debate
David Cruz | NJTV News | Politics
Junior senator from New Jersey takes offensive in exchanges with former vice president
The List: ‘Lighthouse’ School Districts Lauded for Big Improvements
Carly Sitrin | The List
Credited for having made significant academic progress and for helping diverse sets of learners, the newly designated ‘lighthouse’ districts are expected to be beacons of best practices
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