NORTH BEACH ATLANTIC CITY ANNOUNCES FALL HAPPENINGS
South Carolina Man Charged with Filing False Tax Return

NJ NEWS COMMONS: AS FILTERS FAIL, NEWARK DISTRIBUTES BOTTLED WATER

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a scathing letter to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka demanding the city develop a plan to address the still-elevated lead levels in its drinking water. Yesterday, the city announced it will launch a program to distribute bottled water to residents, beginning at 3 P.M. today. According to recent test, the water filters the city began providing in October aren't working, and the city doesn't know why. What is clear is the culprit, with echoes of Flint: decades-old lead service lines. (TAPinto Newark)

MURPHY SIGNED 24 BILLS INTO LAW — HERE'S A GLIMPSE

Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy enacted a law that rolls back the short-term rental tax. He also signed several other measures, including a bill that creates a state task force focusing on blockchain initiatives and another bill that establishes a program to create so-called Innovation Districts. Here is the full list. (Patch)

MURPHY, SEN. WEINBERG DISAGREE OVER NJ TRANSIT PAY

The state recently raised eight NJ Transit executives' salaries by 25%. "Paying people the right amount to get the right talent is something that makes sense," Gov. Phil Murphy said, defending the decision. Compared to other agencies, NJ Transit's salaries are "low or middle of the pack," Colleen Wilson writes. But Sen. Loretta Weinberg notes that these executives aren't "new talent," and their performance doesn't necessarily merit this "reward." (The Record)

TOXIC ALGAE FED BY CHEMICAL RUNOFF, CLIMATE: REPORT

On Thursday, a non-profit called the Environmental Working Group released a report on toxic algae, which is becoming more common in lakes nationwide. The blue-green blooms form from chemical runoff, and it's made worse by higher temperatures and more severe rainfall, the report found. The group criticized New Jersey for its lack of recent data — here's a map. (NJ Spotlight)

 

🙈 We're keeping an eye on—

Business & Economy
  • City wants it to be harder — and pricier — to Airbnb your house (NJ.com)
  • The 25 school districts where teachers get paid the most money (NJ.com)
Health
  • Police investigating alleged assault at Wanaque care facility (The Record)
  • Your questions about Newark's lead crisis, answered (TAPinto Newark)
  • NJ cannabis legalization is alive again — here's what's next (Patch)
Politics
  • Murphy: pension fund should remove gun investments (NJ Spotlight)
  • Booker just called Trump ‘dangerous' — here’s why (NJ.com)

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