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MURPHY WANTS ALL LEAD SERVICE LINES REPLACED BY 2029

Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a plan to fix a major public health crisis: lead-contaminated drinking water. The problem centers around the 350,000 4ef2ddad-68fe-4367-af9d-5f794a541b69lead pipes that lead to homes and public buildings. Every one of these pipes must be replaced within a decade, Murphy said, and children will be tested so officials can track the level of lead in their bloodstream. To help pay for the cost to replace these pipes — an estimated $2 billion — there will be a $500 million bond question on the November 2020 ballot. (NJTV News / NJ.com)

HERE'S WHERE THE JERSEY CITY ELECTIONS STAND

Matt Friedman says what's happening in the Jersey City election cycle right now "may be the biggest political fight in the state this year." Millions of dollars are flowing into five school board contests, and there's a proposed ordinancethat's drawn ire from those who want to regulate short-term rentals and Airbnb. Also, there's a candidate named Alexander Hamilton — yes, really. (Politico)

STATE WILL MERGE TWO YOUTH PRISONS AND SAVE $13M

Two youth prisons will combine operations in an effort to save the state approximately $13 million — with no layoffs. Yesterday, officials announced a partial closure of the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility. 300 incarcerated youth will be transferred to the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. This re-structuring has been in motion since June. (NJ.com)

STOCKTON U. HIRED PROF. WITH EASY-TO-FIND RED FLAGS

A physics professor with a known history of misconduct — it's Google-able, as Joe Hernandez and Nicholas Pugliese point out — was somehow hired by Stockton University, even though students claim they "raised concerns with administrators about the professor" before he joined the faculty. The university is facing federal lawsuits rebuking its failure to protect female students. (WHYY)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • Murphy: Strategy to ‘discredit’ sex assault survivors ‘disgusting' (Politico)
  • DEP pushes back again on PennEast Pipeline (NJ Spotlight)
  • Lawsuit: nurses sedated patients with Benadryl, falsified records (NJ.com)
  • $1M for "Take Vape Away”: Hackensack Meridian Health (NJ Spotlight)
  • Worker killed at American Dream is identified by authorities (The Record)

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