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November 15, 2018

Who Can Solve New Jersey’s Affordable-Housing Conundrum?
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Housing
Gov. Murphy hasn’t made affordable housing a priority, but he’s giving the closing keynote at the League of Municipalities annual conference, and local leaders — among others — are looking for guidance
State Directs Money from Tobacco Tax to Fight Teen Vaping ‘Epidemic’
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
NJ tries to curb rising use of flavored e-cigarettes among youngsters as FDA cracks down on manufacturers at national level
EPA Pledges to Clamp Down on Pollution from Heavy Trucks
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Agency promises new standard for emissions of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that’s a big issue in a corridor state like New Jersey
New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Initiatives: Right Place, Right Time
NJ Spotlight | Podcasts, Roundtables
At an NJ Spotlight roundtable, offshore-wind advocates suggest ways Garden State could soon start to produce clean energy off the coast
New Jersey’s Recidivism Rate Plummets 19 Percent over Past Six Years
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Among factors driving the drop: more residential and community-based programs to help parolees stay on track and make the transition back to life outside prison
Op-Ed: Higher Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships Are Keys to American Dream in NJ
Demelza Baer | Opinion
We must expand opportunities for people to get jobs that pay a living wage without incurring substantial amounts of debt
Andy Kim Declared Winner in CD-3, Tom MacArthur Concedes
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
Associated Press calls race for Democratic challenger in South Jersey’s hotly contested election
A Mother Mourns Child Who Died in Adenovirus Outbreak
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
Modeline Auguste’s four-year-old daughter Dorcase was the first child to die in the outbreak at the Wanaque Center

November 14, 2018

State Sues J&J Subsidiary Alleging Improper Opioid Marketing, Distribution
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Attorney General says Janssen targeted elderly, downplayed dangers, put people at risk. Company says it acted appropriately and responsibly
Local Law Enforcement to Get New Guidance on ICE Detainer Requests
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
Amid steep increase in detentions of undocumented immigrants, advocates say NJ’s existing protocol is inadequate in Trump era of heightened enforcement efforts
Despite Sandy, Building in Risky Flood Zones Continues Unabated
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Report questions how seriously policymakers and officials have taken the threat from climate change. Advocate suggests that decision was made to stay put and ‘live with the risk’
Major South Jersey Employer to Start Paying $15 Minimum Wage in 2019
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Cooper University Health Care’s new pay rate will benefit hundreds of Camden residents. Chairman George Norcross suggests other healthcare companies should follow Cooper’s lead
Opinion: Free or Reduced-Cost Health Insurance for a Limited Time Only
Joel C. Cantor | Opinion
It may be tough to get much closer to universal health coverage in New Jersey, but targeted outreach can pay off

November 13, 2018

Pressing to Improve NJ’s Maternal, Infant Health and Reduce Racial Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A multipronged approach to addressing New Jersey’s worrisome maternal mortality rate is underway
With Amazon HQ2 Not Likely to Land in Newark, Talk Turns to Taxes, Incentives
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Murphy and legislative leaders say just making list of finalists has been a boon to state’s largest city, which is being positioned as a high-tech hub
New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight offshore-wind roundtable, advocates help chart a path to administration’s aggressive goal — 3,500 megawatts of capacity by 2030
NJ’s New Congressional Delegation: Younger, Greener, Not as Wealthy
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
The Garden State’s new representatives are very different from those they are replacing
Op-Ed: It’s Time to Add Value To New Jersey Teacher Evaluations
John Kellmayer | Opinion
The current system of evaluating teachers in the Garden State all but ignores an extremely important, if controversial, tool
Booker Wants to Extend GI Bill Benefits for Student-Veterans
NJTV News Online | Education
Measure would roll back a recent penalty on career military with more than 16 years of services
Proposed Natural Gas Compressor Station Puts Enviros, Union at Odds
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
Lines are drawn in Franklin Township clash over preventing pollution, creating jobs

November 9, 2018

Highlighting Women as Engineers of NJ’s Blue Wave
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Elections 2018
Members of grassroots groups highlight the thousands of hours of groundwork and advocacy they contributed to help flip congressional seats, say the work will go on
Tensions as Lawmakers Launch Special Investigation of Murphy Hiring Practices
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Woman at center of sexual-assault allegation expected to testify early next month. Murphy official criticizes ‘leak’ of information
The Devil Is in the Details of Community Solar Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that. And activists say low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans should get discounts on their bills
Murphy Signs Law Banning ‘Ghost Guns’ In Latest Effort to Control Firearms in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Prohibition on homemade, 3D-printed and other ‘ghost guns’ is latest step in governor’s campaign to strengthen already tough gun-control posture
School Elections: There Was More on Tuesday’s Ballot than the Midterms
John Mooney | Education
In 500-plus districts across the state, voters weighed in on who would take seats on school boards. In districts with referenda, spending on security was the dominant issue
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs Energy Infrastructure That Everyone Can Rely On
Phil Beachem | Opinion
State officials should support enhancements that make our energy more resilient and reliable like natural gas

November 8, 2018

NJ Democrats Itching to Test Their Strength in D.C. After Close to a Clean Sweep
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
The party hasn’t had results this good in more than a century. Republicans must figure out how to recover from their big losses in Tuesday’s elections
Kim Declares Victory in CD-3 But Vote Count Likely to Continue Through Weekend
Chase Brush | Politics, Elections 2018
Congressman MacArthur doesn’t concede as mail-in ballots still straggle in. Counting of these and provisional ballots will go on
Opinion: Hugin Loss Was Especially Demoralizing for NJ Republicans
Carl Golden | Opinion
It’s nearly 50 years since Garden State voters chose a GOP candidate to represent them in the U.S. Senate. It’s becoming a distant prospect
BPU to Hire Consultant to Help Overhaul Solar Energy Program: Cost Is Key
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Existing program has cost utility ratepayers more than $2.8 billion over a decade. Board of Public Utilities is under pressure to cut costs for utility customers
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