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July 8, 2019

Lake Hopatcong Closure Seen as Wake-Up Call for State’s Watersheds
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The shutdown of New Jersey’s largest recreational lake because of harmful algae blooms is not an isolated case; conservationists warn that something must change
Praise for Governor’s Measure to Aid Immigrants, Refugees
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Immigration
Office of New Americans will assist with housing, clothes, food and navigating a new culture
Profile: A Doctor in the Business of Fostering Healthy Communities
Lilo H. Stainton | Profiles
Hanaa Hamdi wants to bring people together to create sustainable, equitable and healthy neighborhoods
Murphy’s Budget Freeze Hits Aid for Needy Towns
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Budget
Decision creates difficulties for municipalities like Paterson, Atlantic City and Camden
Heart-Attack Patients Face Worse Odds at NJ Hospitals with Lower ‘Care’ Scores
Caren Chesler | Healthcare
Rutgers University researchers find 3 percent of heart attack patients return to low-scoring hospitals due to a new heart attack within 30 days
World Cup champion Carli Lloyd stays true to her Jersey roots
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | More Issues
‘Humble and dedicated soccer player’ has fans around the world but none more passionate than in South Jersey, the place she calls home
The List: Ranking New Jersey’s Highest Paid Executives
Colleen O'Dea | The List
New report says state’s average corporate CEO made about $13.4 million in 2018, while the average worker made $58,210
Sherrill Discusses New Servicewomen Caucus, Border Funding
NJTV News | Politics
Women in the military face issues like healthcare gaps, says congresswoman, a former U.S. Navy pilot

July 3, 2019

Plans To Maximize Census Count Coalesce In Wake Of High-court Decision
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Feds abandon citizenship question, but Murphy agrees to spend $7M extra on statewide outreach effort anyway
Murphy Recommends Middle Ground for Home Care Wage Measure
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Issuing a conditional veto, governor urges new hourly rate of $18 rather than the $20 legislators had wanted
In Trenton, There’s Agreement On One Form Of Tax Break, At Least
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor signs law doubling the ‘angel investor’ credit, available to those who fund biotech firms and other startup companies
NJ Congressman Defends Tax Breaks for Company Connected to Rich Brother
Susan Schmidt | WNYC News | Politics
U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross has nothing but praise for Camden-based Holtec International, which was granted big tax breaks and is now under scrutiny
NJ Joins Other States in Asbestos Lawsuit Against Trump’s EPA
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Officials say federal agency is failing to collect data on the importation and use of the known carcinogen
New Law Means DEP Expected to Monitor Beach Access Issues
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | More Issues
Department of Environmental Protection commissioner anticipates a ‘real challenge’ for her agency; says it is committed to ‘fair and equitable access’
Murphy Signs Law Greatly Expanding NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Healthcare
Overhaul allows more professionals to prescribe medical pot, in higher amounts, and with fewer restrictions
Profile: First Latina Takes Key Role in NJ Law, Finds Time to Juggle Plenty More
Colleen O'Dea | Profiles
Evelyn Padin, new president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, runs a private practice and a real-estate business; she’s also a restaurant owner
Five Former SDA Employees File Suit in Federal Court
NJTV News | More Issues
Lawsuit alleges Schools Development Authority violated First Amendment rights of fired workers
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Higher Education Policy is Misguided
Darryl G. Greer | Opinion
Instead of focusing on student outmigration and free college, we should do a better job educating and graduating the students we currently serve

July 2, 2019

Ørsted’s Plan for Wind in NJ Promises to Aid Economic Development
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Danish developer could bring German manufacturer of turbine foundations to Paulsboro, one way it can deliver economic-development benefits to help create green-energy sector
Legal Challenge to NJ’s Contentious New Dark-Money Law
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy reluctantly signed legislation that would require certain groups to disclose political spending. A conservative group is seeking an injunction to prevent the law from taking effect
Fiscal 2021 Budget Could Be a Bear If Murphy, Sweeney Stick to Their Guns
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor and top Dem seem more interested in rehearsing old battles than planning for a budget that will include a $4.5 billion contribution to public-worker pension system — and that’s just one challenge
NJ First State to Let Paramedics Offer Prime Opioid-Withdrawal Drug
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Emergency responders will be able to carry buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal
Despite Murphy’s Line-Item Cuts, Education Budget Remains Intact
John Mooney | Education
Overall state aid to school districts didn’t change, though governor lopped $38 million from Sweeney program
‘Bridgegate’ Conspirator Set to Be Freed Pending Appeal
NJ Spotlight | Politics
Former Christie appointee who was convicted in political scandal is to be let out of prison pending US Supreme Court appeal
NJ Spotlight Roundtable on What’s Next for Marijuana in New Jersey
NJ Spotlight | Podcasts, Roundtables
Experts discuss increasing access to medical marijuana and the prospects of legalizing recreational adult use while ensuring social justice
Quality of New Jersey’s Ocean Water ‘Outstanding’
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
DEP commissioner says monitoring last summer ‘showed that our ocean beaches meet standards 98 percent of the time’
New Jersey University Won’t Sell Music College to Chinese Firm
NJ Spotlight | Education
Rider U. and Kaiwen Education agree to drop controversial plans for Westminster Choir College
Op-Ed: Take Action for the Delaware During Plastic-Free July
Sandra Meola | Opinion
Between entanglement, ingestion, and ecosystem damage — plastic pollution impacts marine species both large and small

July 1, 2019

Murphy Signs $38.7B Budget But Uses Line-Item Veto to Clip Lawmakers’ Wish List
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor redlines nearly $50 million in legislative spending and impounds another $235 million
NJ’s Minimum Wages Rises to $10 Today in First Step Toward $15
Colleen O'Dea | Budget
The law increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage from the current $8.85 bears first fruit today
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