NJ.com says attorneys from the Education Law Center sent a letter to the state Education Commissioner and Schools Development Authority CEO arguing that the state should pay to alleviate infrastructure issues that caused the elevated lead levels in the drinking water at Newark Schools. Meanwhile NJTV says Senate Democrats introduced a bill yesterday that would require immediate, statewide testing for lead in the drinking water of all New Jersey schools.
STEEPER CHALLENGES FOR HOMELESS LIVING IN US ILLEGALLY
The Record reporting that there were more than 10,200 homeless men, women, and children counted in New Jersey in 2015, but advocates say that number doesn't represent the true number of people living on the street in the Garden State.
BIG DIPPERS: 20 TEMP WORKERS MAKING BIG BUCKS
Twenty "temporary employment service" workers were paid more than $75,000 last year, bringing in a total of $3.6 million in salaries and state pensions, according to an investigation by NJ Spotlight. On average, they raked in about $182,000 in 2015.
SUPREME COURT DEADLOCK UPHOLDS WIN FOR UNIONS IN FEE CASE
A tie vote from the Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a win to labor unions in a high-profile dispute over their ability to collect fees. The Record says the case considered whether public employees represented by a union can be required to pay "fair share" fees covering collective bargaining costs even if they are not members.
PORT AUTHORITY'S JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP – BUT IT'S A HUGE ONE FOR NJ
NJ Spotlight says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved the new bus terminal, the Hudson River tunnel, and the airport upgrade, but New Jersey lawmakers say extra vigilance is key going forward.
MOTOR VEHICLES WANTS TO STOP TAILPIPE-EMISSIONS TESTING ON OLDER CARS
The Motor Vehicle Commission says exempting the nearly 200,000 older passenger cars in NJ from being tested for tailpipe emissions could save the state $18 million a year.
TURNS OUT THOSE WEREN'T CHRISTIE'S GYM SHORTS AFTER ALL
Governor Christie's spokesperson, Kevin Roberts, says the pair of used gym shorts that sold for $380 on eBay last week weren't actually Governor Christie's after all.
WE'RE LAUNCHING ANOTHER COLLABORATIVE REPORTING PROJECT
We just wrapped up a successful Beacon crowdfunding campaign with NJ Spotlight to support comprehensive immigration coverage in New Jersey. We’re partnering with community and ethnic media from all over NJ to tell important stories about how immigration policies and communities affect our state and our lives at every level. We’re calling the project, “In the Shadow of Liberty,” and we’ll be using everything we learned from Dirty Little Secrets to make this project even better.
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT! We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
SAVE THE DATE: The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University is hosting a panel on the historical and contemporary role of Italian media in the U.S. on Tuesday April 12 from 6:30-8:30. The program features visiting scholar Bénédicte Deschamps (University of Paris Diderot - Université Paris Sorbonne Cité), newspaper editor Maurita Cardone (La Voce di New York), TV producer Lucia Grillo (Italics, CUNY TV) and journalist Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush.Click here for more information.
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