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LAWMAKERS SEEK TO CUT 'EXCESS' PHARMACY CHARGES

 

Last week, the state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would make it harder to charge consumers a higher co-pay for prescription drugs (compared to what they would pay if they used cash). The measure targets a scheme used by pharmacy benefit managers and insurers to limit what consumers can know about lower-price options — a strategy that, like "gag orders," would be illegal under the bill. Now, the bill will move to the Assembly. (NJ Spotlight)

WITH $15.5M, OCEAN COUNTY PRESERVES NEARLY 8K AREA

Ocean County has closed on the largest preserved land deal it has made since the state's program began in 1997. It's funded by the county's open space tax. The price: $15,450,000 for 7,923 acres, including the Forked River Mountains. “It is an important buffer and environmental connector between coastal areas and the Pinelands," the New Jersey Sierra Club's director said. (WHYY)

JACKSON STOPS SHORT OF DENOUNCING 'RISE UP' GROUP

At a recent Council meeting and press conference in Jackson Township, leaders spoke out against Rise Up Ocean County, a group facing allegations of anti-Semitism. (On its Facebook page, the admins — who are currently anonymous — state, "We are NOT anti-Semitic.") The Lakewood Township Committee passed a resolution formally condemning the group, but councils in Jackson and Toms River have stopped short of doing so. (CentralJersey.com)

NEWARK TO GUARANTEE STUDENTS $50K TEACHING JOBS

Under a new program announced by Roger Leon, the superintendent of Newark Public Schools, any East Side High School student who completes the high school's Teacher Education Academy (opening in 2020) and graduates from Montclair State University with a teaching degree will be guaranteed a full-time job as a substitute teacher. "You do everything that you're supposed to, this school district (will) hand you $50,000,” he said. The district is planning to open other academies to boost college enrollment rates. (TAPinto Newark)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Cannabis Education
  • We don’t have enough black and Spanish teachers. This will change that, district says. (NJ.com)
Gov. Phil Murphy vs. Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney
  • Murphy urged to work with lawmakers on emergency housing aid as clock ticks (NJ Spotlight)
Former Gov. Chris Christie
  • I got sucked into Christie’s ‘cult,’ says former ally during re-sentencing for Bridgegate scandal (NJ.com)
  • Abandoning his appeals, Bill Baroni will go to prison for his role in Bridgegate plot (The Record)
  • Star-Ledger Editorial Board: What was Christie’s worst mistake? Hint: It’s not Bridgegate. (NJ.com)
Marcal Fire
  • Another fire breaks out at Marcal plant devastated by inferno (NJ.com)
#MeToo + Katie Brennan
  • What Murphy’s legal advisers got wrong and other revelations from the latest rape scandal hearing (NJ.com)
PARCC
  • Assembly pulls PARCC bill in response to worried calls from parents (NJ Spotlight)
Public Health
  • If you visited Walgreens or an urgent care in this Bergen County town, you may have been exposed to measles (NJ.com)
  • Confirmed case of measles exposure reported in Bergen County (The Record)
Schools Development Authority
  • Did a state agency in Murphy administration turn into a patronage pit? Gov is looking at ‘what’s going on there.' (NJ.com)
  • Editorial: Patronage on steroids at state agency (Asbury Park Press)
  • Cleaning house to install family, associates: Questionable Murphy admin hires continue (NorthJersey.com)
Transportation
  • Congestion pricing: What NYC subway fix means for NJ drivers (The Record)
  • Report: Hudson rail tunnel shutdown could hit North Jersey property values, tax revenues (The Record)

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