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September 6, 2019

Target Climate Change Policies Toward Poorer Communities, NJ Advised
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Rutgers report finds that local advocates prefer earmarked commitments of resources to disadvantaged communities, as well as mandates to achieve specific pollution reductions in those areas
Newark pushes mandatory replacement of lead water service lines
Michael Hill | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Move comes amid city effort to go door to door to get permission for work crews to access properties
What’s to Come in the Fight for Assembly Seats
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
A preview of November’s State Assembly elections and where party leaders will target
Op-Ed: Reasons to Protest an Attempt to Stop NJ’s New ‘Dark Money’ Law
David Goodman | Opinion
New Jersey grassroots group will fight Americans for Prosperity’s move against the state’s ‘End Dark Money’ Law

September 5, 2019

Nuke Subsidies Under Review Just Months After Contentious Approval
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
In April, Board of Public Utilities awarded $300 million in annual surcharges on utility customers’ bills to aid three PSEG plants; officials are taking a fresh look at the subsidies
NJ DOE Tips Its Hand on New Proposal for Student Assessments
John Mooney | Education
Department also delivers mixed results of last year’s statewide testing, with only about half of students passing math and language-arts exams
WorkFirst NJ Payments Jump 20 Percent, On Top of Last Year’s Rise
Lilo H. Stainton | Social
Bump is second significant increase in two years, after the benefit program remained unchanged for decades
After-School Suppers Offer Another Weapon Against Childhood Hunger
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Participation in supper programs is rising rapidly, but new data reveals just 6 percent of eligible students sit down to a hot meal after school
NJ Fines Online Fantasy-Sports Site for Breaking Privacy and Licensing Rules
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
State charged Minnesota-based SportsHub with collecting users’ personal information without properly disclosing its intention to do so
Critics push back hard against governor’s Energy Master Plan
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Opponents raise objections, particularly against plan’s failure to curb pending natural-gas pipeline and power plant projects
Op-Ed: New Technology Broadens Approach to Healthcare in Trenton
Natalie Terens | Opinion
Health team and partners use online referral tool to address economic and social conditions that can influence well-being

September 4, 2019

State Investigates Vaping’s Connection to Lung Disease
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Reports of severe disease in 15 young e-cigarette users in New Jersey, more than 200 nationwide, lead to alarm among healthcare officials
At Start Of School Year, An ‘Incomplete’ On Report Card For Murphy
John Mooney | Education
Governor who campaigned on education platform has boosted school funding, but a number of to-do items remain unchecked
Governor Names Enviros to Highlands Council; When Will Lawmakers Approve?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Murphy moves to reshape makeup of vital planning body but must wait for Senate to sign off
CPAs: Action From Congress Needed To Help Reduce Student-debt Load
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Education
State professional association says indebted clients are putting off saving for retirement and buying a home
Newark Before the Comeback: A City Marked by White Flight, Poor Policy
Colleen O'Dea | Social
In the span of a few decades, New Jersey’s premier city went from being an economic driver to a struggling urban area, most of whose white population had left. The reasons were complex
Governor announces $20M more for pre-K programs
David Cruz | NJTV News | Education
New funding will go to 28 school districts, says Murphy, a longtime champion of preschool education
Op-Ed: NJ should give all immigrants access to driver’s licenses
Johanna Calle | Opinion
Beyond helping thousands of immigrants, the move would improve safety by reducing the number of unlicensed drivers

September 3, 2019

BPU Straw Proposal Unnerves Developers of Residential Solar Systems
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Developers warn state agency’s lowball incentives of $10 to $30 will drive out investors, decimating New Jersey’s solar sector
NJ Treasury details pension system’s gun-industry connections
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Workers’ pension funds are invested in a maker of high-end weapons, an ammunition manufacturer, and the Walmart retail chain, which sells firearms
How New Jersey Tries to Curb Cost of Prescriptions for Vulnerable Residents
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Two state programs are aimed at reducing the price of premiums and out-of-pocket medication for NJ’s most vulnerable Medicare enrollees
Newark Disputes Elevated Lead Results in Downtown Building
Michael Hill | NJTV News | Healthcare
Owners of luxury building in Newark had the water tested and say it’s not safe to drink, but city counters with tests of its own
Op-Ed: Isn’t It Time to Get Real About New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan?
Fred Fastiggi | Opinion
If an administration’s EMP confuses vision with genuinely implementable strategic plans, we waste time and money and run the risk of thorny implementation issues
Summer Reading 2019: The Garden State in Fact and in Fiction
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
Our annual series of excerpts from books by New Jersey authors or with Garden State hooks is still available to revisit, share or read for the first time

August 29, 2019

Summer Reading 2019: Forging a Language for the Poetry of Newark
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
In 'Wild Invocations,' Ysabel Y. González delivers poems as gritty and as graceful as New Jersey's largest city

August 28, 2019

Summer Reading 2019: Dan Grant’s Singular ‘Singularity Witness’
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
Science, ethics, law, morality, and loyalty battle for supremacy in this thriller. Multiple players juggle varying agendas, and readers are never sure who has the upper hand

August 27, 2019

Summer Reading 2019: The Real-Life Lolita and Nabokov’s Novel
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
Weinman’s gripping true-crime story of the 1948 kidnapping of a young girl also details how it influenced Nabokov’s shocking novel, ‘Lolita’

August 26, 2019

Summer Reading 2019: Caught in the Painful ‘In Between’ of a Biracial Identity
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
Davon Loeb’s ‘The In-Betweens’: A lyrical — ultimately redemptive — story of pain, exploration, family, and coming to terms with a man’s biracial identity

August 25, 2019

Summer Reading 2019: NJ’s Vanishing Haul Seine Fishers
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
The Lewis family has run its haul seine American shad fishery for five generations. Now, they’re the last on the Delaware River

August 22, 2019

Summer Reading 2019: Through the Past Darkly for NJ Hall of Famer
NJ Spotlight | 2019 Summer Reading
In Mark Di Ionno’s second novel, ‘Gods of and Wood and Stone,’ the veteran journalist explores the haunted past of baseball hero and New Jersey native Joe Grudeck
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