October 12, 2017

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October 12, 2017 Mostly cloudy today with scattered thunderstorms and highs in the mid-60s. NEW JERSEY LOSES FEDERAL FUNDING TO EXPAND ACA ENROLLMENT A new report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that New Jersey will lose more than 60 percent of the federal funding it expected to receive this year to help enroll vulnerable people in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. NJ Spotlight says the cuts are part of $26 million in reductions at the national level that are scheduled to go into effect in September. UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT WHILE HAPPEN IN LAME DUCK LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN NJ With the state Legislature not scheduled to meet until after the November election, experts are uncertain what kind of legislation might be enacted before a new governor takes office and the current legislative session ends in January. WBGO says Gov. Chris Christie wants lawmakers to extend the 2 percent cap on arbitration awards for police and firefighters, while Senate president Steve Sweeney has refused to provide any specifics when it comes to his plans for the lame duck session. STATE APPELLATE COURT BLOCKS MINING OPERATION IN PINELANDS A state appeals court yesterday upheld a decision by the Pinelands Commission to block approval of a mining operation in Jackson Township. NJ Spotlight says the 12-page ruling found the commission's rejection of the project to be justified because the proposal failed to comply with the agency's Comprehensive Management Plan, which prohibits mining operations in parts of the Pinelands that are designated "forest areas." MENENDEZ TRIAL: JUDGE RAISES DOUBTS ABOUT GOVERNMENT'S CASE The federal judge overseeing the ongoing corruption and bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is raising some serious doubts about the validity of a legal theory relied on by the prosecution. The Record says the case now hinges on how that judge interprets a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the reach of federal bribery laws, raising the prospect that at least some of the charges against Menendez could be dismissed. CAMDEN HAS 14 FENTANYL-RELATED OVERDOSES IN 4 HOURS Fourteen people in Camden overdosed from fentanyl-related causes on Wednesday in a span of just four hours, prompting warnings from law enforcement and officials. Philly.com says no one died as a result of the overdoses, but at least a dozen people were admitted to Cooper University Hospital between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. NJ TRANSIT WORRIES MORE CONCRETE WALLS MAY CRUMBLE, THIS TIME ON MONTCLAIR-BOONTON LINE NJ Transit is inspecting more concrete retaining walls along its tracks after a crumbling concrete structure at the Summit station shed chunks of stone onto the rails below. The Record says agency officials are now inspecting the retaining walls in Newark surrounding the junction of the Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines, as well as the Montclair Bay Street station. Want more? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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