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NJ NEWS COMMONS: CONTROVERSIAL BILL WOULD CHANGE VACCINATION RULES

Should children be allowed to attend school without the proper vaccinations? A bill in the state Senate would allow a "yes" answer only for medical reasons. Right now, parents can get to a "yes" as long as they claim a "religious exemption" for their child. This bill would take that away entirely. (NJ Spotlight)

SLAIN JC DETECTIVE LIKELY THWARTED BIGGER ATTACK

This is good local reporting by Al Sullivan for TAPinto Bayonne. It explains what is known — and not yet known — about the events leading up to the Jersey City shootout on Tuesday. The officer who was killed in the line of duty, Det. Joseph Seals, "may have averted a planned terrorist attack on a Jersey City yeshiva," Sullivan writes. Details are still emerging. (TAPinto Bayonne)

NJ TRANSIT APPROVES $500M REQUEST FOR TRAINS, BUSES

Yesterday, New Jersey Transit trustees moved to allow the state Economic Development Authority to fund $500 million-worth of trains and buses via bonds that will expire in nearly three decades. The new debt adds to the significant debt New Jersey is already facing, and it finances the purchase of about 600 buses and 17 trains. It's capped at a 6 percent interest rate — that's higher than the federal student loan rate for undergraduates. (NJ Biz / NJ Spotlight)

LONG-RANGE TICKS EXPAND RANGE EVEN DEEPER INTO NJ

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests a more aggressive tick species will dominate future seasons in the Northeast. Lone star ticks — named for their single white dot — don't carry Lyme disease, but they do carry southern tick-associated rash illness.  (Asbury Park Press)

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