New Jersey became the second state to enact a health insurance requirement for all residents, Politico.com reports. Residents who do not maintain health insurance will have to pay a penalty. Essentially, the mandate restores a key provision of Obamacare that was rescinded by Congress after Donald Trump became president.
RAMSEY COP SETTLES GENDER BIAS LAWSUIT FOR $325,000
A female police officer who contended that the Ramsey Police Department had created a hostile work environment has settled her gender-bias lawsuit for $325,000, The Record writes. The officer, Diane Warnet, had contended that she was disciplined more harshly than male colleagues and that she was passed over for promotion. Under the settlement agreement she will keep her job with the department.
ABANDONED MINES POSE HIDDEN UNDERGROUND DANGER
Northern New Jersey is home to 600 abandoned mines and the partly hidden shafts and tunnels pose a variety of dangers, The Record reports. Remnants of the mining industry are often poorly mapped. Some have been discovered only after sinkholes have developed, swallowing homes and roads.
WILDWOOD POLICE RELEASE BODYCAM VIDEO OF BEACH ARREST
Wildwood police released three bodycam video clips from the violent arrest of a woman on the beach last Saturday, the Press of Atlantic City writes. The woman was accused of underage possession of alcohol, and she argued that the container was unopened and did not belong to her. One video clip shows a police officer wrestling her to the ground. Another show the woman spitting in the direction of one of the officers.
RAW SEWAGE SHUTS DOWN RIVER BEACH IN BELMAR
The L Street beach in Belmar was closed Wednesday because a sewage overflow contaminated the water with bacteria, the Asbury Park Press reports. Bacteria counts at the beach were nearly two and a half times the level designated as safe for swimming. The contamination was caused because raw sewage had seeped into a nearby storm drain, the state Department of Environmental Protection said. Results of additional testing are expected today.