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MURPHY UNVEILS TUITION-FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PILOT

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Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday a list of 13 community colleges that have been selected for a tuition-free pilot program for the spring semester starting in January. ROI-NJ says all of the state's 19 community colleges applied to participate in the Community College Innovation Challenge, and all will receive a $250,000 grant for student outreach and capacity building. The 13 colleges selected for the tuition-free part of the pilot program will be able to offer free attendance to students from families with adjusted gross incomes of $45,000 or less.

MINIMUM WAGE HIKE COMING FOR AIRPORT WORKERS 

After battling for six years, airport workers in New York and New Jersey have secured a $19-an-hour minimum wage. WNYC says the increase was unanimously approved by the Port Authority board, which will phase in the increase over the next five years. The first pay increase will take effect on Nov. 1 and will bump workers' pay from $10.45 to $12.45 an hour. 

VOTE TO LEGALIZE WEED COMING ON OCT. 29

Senate President Stephen Sweeney has set a date for at least one house of the New Jersey legislature to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in the state: Oct. 29. NJ.com says lawmakers and Gov. Murphy only have "two issues" left to work out before the bill is complete, which Sweeney thinks will be resolved "hopefully tomorrow."

NJ LEGISLATURE APPROVES TOUGHER HARASSMENT POLICY

New Jersey lawmakers unanimously approved a stricter sexual harassment policy for the state's legislative branch. NJ Spotlight says the new guidelines require mandatory anti-harassment trainings for lawmakers, staff and lobbyists, along with virtually everyone else who does business at the State House. The new guidelines also outline a path to report complaints and streamlines the complaint investigation process. 

STATE TO EXPLORE DIVESTING PENSIONS FROM NIKE

The council in charge of the state's public worker pension fund will review its investments in Nike because of the company's recent ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. NJ.com says a member of the State Investment Council who represents police and firefighters was unhappy with the ad campaign and asked the council to review its investments. The council voted unanimously to review its holdings, which include equity and fixed income shares valued at a combined $44 million.

 

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