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MEASURE TO EXTEND UMEMPLOYED BENEFITS MOVES FORWARD

Legislation that would help extend unemployment benefits for jobless residents was approved by the full Assembly. The bill would broaden the trigger that allows New Jersey to provide extended unemployment benefits. The legislation implements an option provided by the federal “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of …

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“SEXTING” BILL PASSES THROUGH ASSEMBLY

Juveniles caught sending sexually explicit photographs via their cell phones would not face criminal prosecution but rather intense education on the ramifications under a bill sponsored by Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley and Valerie Vainieri Huttle and advanced by the full Assembly on Monday. The measure, approved unanimously by a …

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ALBANO AND MILAM HELP PUSH THROUGH ANIMAL PROTECTION BILLS

An ambitious three-bill package that would protect animals from abuse and inhumane conditions, help fight crimes against service dogs and help ward off dog and cat overpopulation was approved by the full Assembly on Monday. The various bills are sponsored by Assembly Democratic lawmakers Nelson T. Albano, Matthew W. Milam, …

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BILL TO ADDRESS TEEN DATING VIOLENCE ADVANCES

The full Assembly on Monday approved a bipartisan bill sponsored by Assemblyman David W. Wolfe and Assemblywoman Joan M. Voss to help prevent and combat dating violence among middle and high school students. The measure was approved by a vote of 77-0. The bill (A-2920) requires the state Department of …

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CHRISTIE READIES APPLICATION FOR FEMA MONEY

The flood waters in North Jersey have finally receded in some areas and the push to get disaster funds is beginning. Gov. Chris Christie has begun the paperwork to get the FEMA money to help reimburse towns for the extensive damage. Flood waters engulfed whole streets in some towns.

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ANTI-ABORTION STANCE DOESN’T HELP CHRISTIE IN POLLS

New polling data says that taking a public anti-abortion stance hurt Gov. Chris Christie polling numbers. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll says that 31 percent of voters said it made them feel less happy with Christie, while 14 percent approved of him more. The remaining said they felt unchanged. Christie gave a …

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TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN TURNPIKE CRASH

A tour bus accident on the New Jersey Turnpike claimed the lives of two people. It was a one vehicle accident just south of Exit 9. State Police say the bus hit a guardrail and eventually ended up in a drainage ditch. The bus was traveling to Philadelphia. Police say …

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ECAC HOCKEY THIS WEEKEND AT BROADWALK HALL

ECAC Hockey announced the pairings for the upcoming 2011 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament semifinal games Friday, March 18th at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Championship is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. No. 2 seed Yale (26-6-1, 17-4-1) will face No. 12 seed Colgate …

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