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Newark Teacher's Union Fights $30 Million Grant

Thursday, October 03, 2013

WNYC

Newark schools are at risk of losing up to $30 million in federal money from the district's  Race to the Top grant.

The Newark Teacher’s Union supported the application last year but now Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson says the union is the only one of the required groups that hasn't signed on.

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What Happened to the Poison Ivy-Eating Goats?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

From civilian employees facing furloughs at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to the closure of national parks in New Jersey, we've been hearing about the many ways the partial government shutdown is affecting people in the state.

But New Jersey bloggers have been doing a good job calling our attention to some of the less obvious impacts.

Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about some of the OTHER results of the shutdown.

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More Than 3,000 Furloughed at NJ Military Base

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

New Jersey Public Radio

The military’s Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst base near the heart of the Jersey shore employs about 6,700 civilians. More than half were furloughed this week following the federal government's shutdown.

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Merck To Cut 8,500 More Jobs

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Merck plans to lay off 8,500 workers as the company faces stiffer competition from generic drug makers.  That's on top of the 7,500 job cuts announced earlier.

Merck announced the latest layoffs yesterday. In total, the company is cutting about 20 percent of its work force.




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Sandy Rebuild Slowed by Permit Logjam

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

WHYY

Homeowners trying to repair or rebuild after Sandy have endured long waits to receive insurance checks or government aid and contractors have more work than they can actually do. Then, the last big hurdle can be obtaining the necessary approvals and permits from towns' zoning and building departments.

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Sandy Victims Get 6 More Months to File FEMA Docs

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

After pressure from a number of lawmakers, FEMA announced on Tuesday that it will grant an additional six month extension for Sandy survivors to file Proof of Loss statements, which are the first step in appealing a flood insurance settlement.

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NJ Dems Urge State Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Jersey Democrats are urging the state's Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage before Oct. 21. That’s the date a state judge has ruled same-sex marriages may begin in New Jersey.

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Poll: NJ Residents Are Positive About Affordable Care Act

Monday, September 30, 2013

WNYC

The day before the nation's uninsured begin enrolling in Obamacare, a new poll shows New Jerseyans are slightly more positive than the rest of the nation about the Affordable Care Act.

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NJ Judge Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

Friday, September 27, 2013

A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

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NJ Court Upholds Affordable Housing Law

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WNYC

Housing advocates are hailing  a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that upholds the state's affordable housing law. The decision today says current rules used by municipalities are too flexible and allow officials to skirt requirements to build cheaper homes.

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An Update in the Battle Over Dunes

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Governor Chris Christie is taking steps to force Jersey shore homeowners to allow sand dune construction on their beachfront properties.

He issued an executive order to start legal action against about 1000 oceanfront property owners who've refused to assign a strip of their beach front to the state.

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Rutgers Changes a Few Lyrics - New Jersey Takes Notice

Thursday, September 26, 2013

During the Rutgers-Arkansas football game last Saturday, some new lyrics were unveiled for the university's alma mater. The idea was to drag Rutgers into the 21st century and make the words more gender-neutral.


Specifically, "My father sent me to old Rutgers, And resolved that I should be a man..." is now "From far and near we came to Rutgers, And resolved to learn all that we can."

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NJers to Face Higher Health Insurance Rates Than NYers

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A new report released this morning by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates New Jersey residents will face higher average rates than New Yorkers through health care exchanges that are being set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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Poll Shows Tightening of Booker-Lonegan Race

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead in the U.S. Senate race against his rival, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. But Lonegan does seem to be picking up support.

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Deadline Approaches for Flood Insurance Appeals

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NJ Spotlight

Almost a year after the storm, Jersey shore residents and business owners are still fighting with their insurance companies over their Sandy damage claims.  They have just a few weeks left to file appeals of their flood insurance settlements, and many homeowners’ policies in New Jersey place a one year statute of limitations on filing lawsuits.

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New Jersey's Bargain-Basement Obamacare Campaign

Monday, September 23, 2013

WNYC

In New York, there's a slick ad campaign bombarding the airwaves, instructing the uninsured how to sign up for Obamacare beginning Oct. 1.

But In New Jersey, outreach is happening in a much less coordinated way, relying more on the networking ability of people like Enroll America's Tatiana Castrillon

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NJ Hospitals Create Largest Alliance in Nation

Friday, September 20, 2013

NJ Spotlight

Three New Jersey hospital systems have joined with four Pennsylvania systems to create the largest hospital alliance in the country, raising the possibility that they could quickly spread best practices — but also leading healthcare analysts to warn about the power of new hospital blocs.

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Buono Blasts Christie for Slow Sandy Recovery

Friday, September 20, 2013

WHYY

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono is hoping to tap into voters' frustrations with the slow pace of Sandy recovery by blasting Gov. Chris Christie for the bureaucracy and lack of transparency she says surround the state's major grant programs.

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Four Tiny School Districts To Vote on Merger

Friday, September 20, 2013

WNYC

The parking lot at Stockton Elementary, a four-room schoolhouse near the Delaware River, is also the playground. The school with no auditorium or cafeteria is its own school district.

It's asking voters on Sept. 24th to consolidate its district with three others in the area, but voters worry merging will mean losing local control.

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New Warnings About Salt Water

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The corrosive effect of salt water is being blamed for damage to infrastructure in the aftermath of Sandy - - from the subway lines in Manhattan, to the Seaside boardwalk in New Jersey. WNYC's Janet Babin reports, property owners there were warned that equipment submerged in salt water should be replaced.

She says, "We do know that New Jersey issued a letter to everyone affected by the storm a few months after the storm, that gave guidance for what to do with electrical systems in the aftermath of Sandy and that letter said any equipment or receptacles that were submerged did have to be replaced within 90 days."

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