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  • Jaime Bedrin discusses the first half of Dr. Christine Blasey Fords hearing

    Jaime Bedrin discusses the first half of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's hearing

    27/09/2018 Duração: 15min

    Jaime Bedrin discusses the first half of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's hearing by NJ News Commons

  • Mary Galioto of MercerMe discusses her local news subscription program

    Mary Galioto of MercerMe discusses her local news subscription program

    27/09/2018 Duração: 07min

    Mary Galioto of MercerMe discusses her local news subscription program by NJ News Commons

  • Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen discusses NJs new microbrewery regulations

    Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen discusses NJ's new microbrewery regulations

    27/09/2018 Duração: 11min

    Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen discusses NJ's new microbrewery regulations by NJ News Commons

  • Stefanie Murray discusses Jesse Holcombs latest research

    Stefanie Murray discusses Jesse Holcomb's latest research

    27/09/2018 Duração: 06min

    Stefanie Murray discusses Jesse Holcomb's latest research by NJ News Commons

  • March 5, 2018

    March 5, 2018

    05/03/2018 Duração: 02min

    March 5, 2018 Partly cloudy with high temperatures in the mid-40s. MURPHY INAUGURATION COST MORE THAN $1 MILLION The committee that planned the inauguration of Gov. Phil Murphy spent $1.1 million on the swearing-in ceremony in Trenton and the inaugural festivities held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, reports. The Democratic State Committee covered $940,000 of the cost and the remainder was paid with individual donations of no more than $500 each, according to a report filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission. When Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010, more than half of the $1 million raised for his inaugural ball was donated to charities. CHRISTIE SAYS KUSHNER SHOULD RESIGN WHITE HOUSE POST Former Gov. Chris Christie says that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, should resign from his job as a senior adviser, the New York Post writes. Kushner has been the subject of press scrutiny after his security clearance was downgraded and reports surfaced that his family’s b

  • March 1, 2018

    March 1, 2018

    01/03/2018 Duração: 02min

    March 1, 2018 Showers with high temperatures in the upper 50s. Storms moving in later. CONDITIONS CALLED ‘INHUMANE’ AT IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS A human rights organization says immigrants being held at three detention centers in New Jersey are subjected to “harsh and inhumane” conditions, The Record writes. A report released this week by Human Rights First says detainees are served raw and spoiled food, given dirty drinking water and provided insufficient clothing and hygiene products. "Legal professionals who participated in the tours were surprised to note that the conditions of detention were poor or worse than those they had previously observed in criminal correctional facilities,'' the report says. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ADVANCES 6 GUN-CONTROL MEASURES The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved six bills that would tighten New Jersey’s gun-control laws, which are already among the strictest in the country, The Record reports. One of the measures, known as a “red flag” law, would allow police to temp

  • February 28, 2018

    February 28, 2018

    28/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 28, 2018 Partly cloudy with high temperatures near 60. REPORT: ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN NJ ROSE 32% IN 2017 A report released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League says the number of anti-Semitic incidents in New Jersey increased by 32 percent in 2017, compared with the previous year, reports. New Jersey had the third highest number of incidents in the country, behind New York and California. Bergen County had the most incidents in New Jersey with 40, up from 28 in 2016. MURPHY CREATES JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Tuesday creating an economic advisory panel modeled on the federal government’s Council of Economic Advisers, NJ Spotlight writes. The 12-member Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council will use data to analyze economic trends and conditions to help guide Murphy’s administration in such areas as job creation and job retention. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will be a member of the council. SUBWAY LINK BETWEEN NEW YORK AND NJ

  • February 27, 2018

    February 27, 2018

    27/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 27, 2018 Sunny with temperatures in the upper 50s. TENSIONS RUN HIGH IN NJ SCHOOLS SINCE FLORIDA SHOOTINGS Since the massacre at a school in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed, tensions have been running high in New Jersey schools, The Record reports. Dumont High School was placed on lockdown Monday after police became aware of a threat posted on social media. In Nutley, two juveniles were arrested over the weekend after a threat was reported to Abundant Life Academy. And in Mahwah, parents were notified that an elementary student, fearful of an earlier threat, had brought an airsoft gun to school. The Mahwah police chief says a surge in threats and false alarms is common after a school shooting. MURPHY TALKS GUNS AND GATEWAY AT WHITE HOUSE Gov. Phil Murphy joined other governors at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday where the discussion focused on gun safety, writes. Trump used that forum to promote his plan to arm teachers in schools. In an earlier session with

  • Local Beat for February 23, 2018

    Local Beat for February 23, 2018

    23/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources. PROTESTERS PLEAD ‘NOT GUILTY’ TO CHARGES OF DEFIANT TRESPASSING AT REP. LEONARD LANCE’S OFFICE Six protestors who were arrested earlier this month at a demonstration in support of DREAMers at Rep. Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield have pleaded “not guilty” to charges of defiant trespassing. Fred Smith and Jackie Lieberman of TAPinto Westfield say the protesters were arrested after refusing to leave Lance’s office after it was closed. SRHS STUDENTS HOLD WALKOUT TO HONOR PARKLAND VICTIMS Hundreds of students from South Regional High School in Manahawkin gathered on campus on Wednesday for a 17-minute school walkout to honor the 17 people who were killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla. Kimberly Bosco of Jersey Shore Online says two students, Laura Esposito and Kyra Zdep, organized the event, compiled information on each of the victims, made signs, and spread the word to other students – all in less than two d

  • February 22, 2018

    February 22, 2018

    22/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 22, 2018 Rain with temperatures falling from the upper 40s to the mid-30s. NJ STUDENTS HOLD WALKOUTS OVER SCHOOL SHOOTINGS In solidarity with students in Parkland, Florida, students across New Jersey staged walkouts from school Wednesday to demand action on gun control, reports. Schools in Manahawkin, Voorhees, Hazlet and Middletown were among the places where students and faculty protested. Meanwhile, New Jersey teenagers are planning to participate in a national walkout planned for March 14, The Record reports. Gov. Phil Murphy has said the state Education Department will issue guidelines to schools so students can safely protest on that day. CAMDEN COUNTY FILES RACKETEERING SUIT AGAINST OXYCONTIN MAKERS In what is being called a legal first, Camden County has filed a racketeering lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the company that makes the opioid drug OxyContin, and three members of the Sackler family, who own the company, ROI-NJ reports. The defendants “executed an epic scheme to deceive d

  • February 12, 2018

    February 12, 2018

    12/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 12, 2018 Scattered showers, clearing later, with high temperatures in the mid-40s. BLACK INFANTS IN NJ DYING AT ALARMING RATE, HEALTH EXPERTS SAY The state’s infant mortality rate for black babies was third-highest in the country in 2015, reports. This contrasts sharply with New Jersey’s overall infant mortality rate, which is one of the lowest in the country. Black babies are three times more likely to die before they reach age 1 than white babies. The stats were discussed last week in Trenton in a hearing of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Afterward, Sen. Joseph Vitale, a Democrat from Middlesex County, said he will introduce legislation to require the state to collect more data on infant and maternity mortality from hospitals. LOTTERY SALES DROP BUT COMPANY THAT RUNS IT STILL CASHES IN NorthStar New Jersey, the private company that runs the New Jersey Lottery, will earn more money even though the amount of revenue the state receives is dropping, The Recor

  • February 8, 2018

    February 8, 2018

    08/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 8, 2018 Mostly sunny with high temperatures in the low 30s. NTSB NOTES AIRSPEED IN FATAL TETERBORO JET CRASH The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilots of a Learjet that crashed at Teterboro Airport last year had allowed the aircraft to slow too much, Bloomberg News writes. Cockpit voice recorders indicate that seconds before the crash the co-pilot said, “Airspeed, airspeed.” The NTSB has yet to determine the cause of the accident but the preliminary report raises questions about the actions of the pilots. DEMOCRAT DROPS BID TO UNSEAT U.S. REP. LEONARD LANCE Lisa Mandelblatt of Westfield announced Wednesday that she was abandoning her campaign to win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, reports. Mandelblatt endorsed Tom Malinowski for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Congressional District race. "It is time to put changing our country over my own candidacy and do what is best for our shared goal in November," Mandelblatt said.

  • February 7, 2018

    February 7, 2018

    07/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 7, 2018 Rain and snow with high temperatures in the low 40s. NTSB CITES ENGINEER’S SLEEP APNEA IN HOBOKEN TRAIN CRASH The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the undiagnosed sleep apnea of a NJ Transit train engineer led to a fatal train crash in Hoboken in September 2016, reports. The NTSB said that NJ Transit failed to adequately screen and treat employees for sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to fatigue. The safety board also noted NJ Transit’s lack of technology to automatically stop trains on the tracks. FAITH LEADERS ARRESTED AT CONGRESSMAN’S OFFICE Four members of the clergy were among six protesters arrested Tuesday at the Westfield office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, NJ Spotlight says. The demonstrators were urging Lance to support legislation to allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to stay in the country. The protest was organized by an advocacy group called Faith in New Jersey. NJ SEEKS TO JOIN LAWSU

  • February 6, 2018

    February 6, 2018

    06/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 6, 2018 Possible snow showers early on, but expect partly cloudy skies with high temperatures in the upper 30s later in the day. GUN RIGHTS GROUP SUES NJ OVER CARRY LAW The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs is challenging in federal court the Garden State’s restrictions on carrying handguns outside the home, says. Before issuing a permit to carry a gun outside the home, the state requires that an applicant show a “justifiable need,” like documented death threats or attacks. In January, Gov. Phil Murphy rescinded a rule implemented by the Christie administration that was intended to weaken the standard for “justifiable need.” FLU OUTBREAK KEEPS NJ IN ITS GRIP Confirmed cases of flu have continued to rise in New Jersey, News 12 reports. On Sunday about 60 samples were tested for influenza at Hackensack University Medical Center and about half were positive for influenza. The state Health Department says that the outbreak is widespread in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. BIL

  • Local Beat for February 2, 2018

    Local Beat for February 2, 2018

    02/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources. BEYOND HATE: A CONVERSATION WITH A REFORMED, FORMER KKK MEMBER Chaplain Joe Bednarsky was once the head of the Ku Klux Klan. Today, he preaches love over hate for all at a church in South Jersey, Ahmad Graves-El of SNJ Today reports. ICE OFFICER IMPRISONED AFTER ABUSING POWER FOR BRIBES AND SEX Arnaldo Echevarria of Franklin Township was a deportation officer for ICE before he was convicted of demanding bribes and sexual favors from undocumented immigrants in exchange for shielding them from deportation, reports Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today. Echevarria is now behind bars in a Michigan federal prison. SPARTA COUNCILMAN MURPHY STRIKES DEAL IN DWI CASE Sparta Councilman Jerry Murphy struck a deal with the Hopatcong Municipal Court to avoid conviction on charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, and careless driving. Jennifer Derricks of TAPinto Sparta says Murphy instead pleaded guilty to a min

  • February 1, 2018

    February 1, 2018

    01/02/2018 Duração: 02min

    February 1, 2018 Scattered showers with high temperatures in the upper 40s. MENENDEZ WILL NOT FACE RETRIAL IN BRIBERY CASE The Justice Department said Wednesday that it would not retry Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and fraud charges, reports. A federal judge then dismissed the case. Last year a jury was unable to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared. The decision removes a challenge that Menendez, a Democrat, was facing as he runs for re-election this year. CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN TO HEAD TASK FORCE ON DEMOCRACY Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who was the first female governor of New Jersey, will co-chair the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy, NJ Spotlight writes. The nonpartisan task force, spearheaded by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, will also be co-chaired by Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney who was fired last year by the Trump administration. FLIGHT FROM MOSCOW TO HAVANA DIVERTED TO ATLANTIC CITY Passengers on a Russia

  • January 31, 2018

    January 31, 2018

    31/01/2018 Duração: 02min

    January 31, 2018 Mostly sunny with high temperatures in the mid-30s. FLU CLAIMED LIFE OF 4-YEAR-OLD IN NJ, OFFICIALS CONFIRM Health officials confirmed that the flu was the cause of death for a 4-year-old girl, making her the first New Jerseyan to lose her life to the illness this winter, reports. The girl, who lived in Central Jersey, had not been vaccinated, officials said. The state has seen more than 4,000 cases of the flu this season, with more than 1,000 new cases in the last two weeks, according to the Health Department. MERYL STREEP, STEVIE VAN ZANDT VOTED INTO NJ HALL OF FAME Actress Meryl Streep, musician Stevie Van Zandt and author Harlan Coben are among the 16 inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, the Asbury Park Press writes. Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement Tuesday, saying the inductees “remind us how so many of our citizens have transformed the world.” An induction ceremony will be held on May 6. LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING BAN ON MENTHOL CIGARETTES A measure aimed at further red

  • January 30, 2018

    January 30, 2018

    30/01/2018 Duração: 02min

    January 30, 2018 Snow showers early and cloudy later with high temperatures near 40 degrees. CHRISTIE JOINS ABC AS CONTRIBUTOR, APPEARS ON ‘GOOD MORNING AMERICA’ Former Gov. Chris Christie made his debut as an ABC News contributor this morning with an appearance on “Good Morning America” in which he talked about the abrupt departure of the deputy director of the FBI and what he expects to hear in tonight’s State of the Union address. FRELINGHUYSEN SAYS HE WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a 12-term Republican congressman from Harding Township, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election, reports. Frelinghuysen, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is the second Republican congressman from New Jersey to announce his retirement, joining Frank LoBiondo, who made his announcement in November. NJ DEMOCRATS INVITE ‘DREAMERS’ TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS Elizabeth Vilchis, an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States when she was

  • January 29, 2018

    January 29, 2018

    29/01/2018 Duração: 03min

    January 29, 2018 Mostly cloudy with rain and snow tonight. High temperatures in the mid-40s. U.S. REP. SIRES BOYCOTTING STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS When President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union Address on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires of West New York will not be in attendance, writes. "The congressman is not attending the State of the Union because many of his constituents are offended by the president's rhetoric and behavior," said Erica Daughtrey, a spokeswoman for Sires. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross of Camden and Analilia Mejia, executive director of the New Jersey working families alliance, wrote in a guest column on that they intended to be in the audience for Trump’s speech. NJ JOINING NY, CONNECTICUT IN LEGAL CHALLENGE TO TRUMP TAX LAW The governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut said they are forming a coalition to file a lawsuit over the federal tax overhaul enacted late last year, The Washington Post reports. Specifically, Gov. Phil Murphy of Ne

  • January 23, 2018

    January 23, 2018

    23/01/2018 Duração: 02min

    January 23, 2018 Rain with high temperatures in the upper 50s. COVERING UP POLICE MISCONDUCT COSTS MILLIONS, REPORT SAYS A two-year investigation by the Asbury Park Press finds that various government entities have spent more than $40 million over the last decade to cover up police misconduct. “A veil of secret settlements and nondisclosure agreements” have been used to silence victims of rogue cops, the Press reports. Among the police transgressions are deaths, physical abuse, sexual misconduct, false arrests and harassment. NJ HOME VALUES COULD DROP BY 7.5%, CREDIT RATER SAYS A reduction in the state sales tax combined with recently enacted federal tax cuts could cause a drop in value for the average New Jersey home of 7.5 percent, warns the credit-rating agency Moody’s, according to The Record. The federal tax overhaul limits the amount of property taxes that homeowners can deduct to $10,000, while the average deduction taken in 2015 was $17,850, Moody’s says in a report. And the sales tax cut could red

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