Home Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/home Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:37:59 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb UPDATE: NJ Snow Forecast for Feb. 1-2 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-nj-snow-forecast-for-feb-1-2 snowfall_opt_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but snow is in the forecast for New Jersey this weekend.

Some form of precipitation is likely to impact the New Jersey area between Sunday night and Monday afternoon.

The storm will be forming over the central states this weekend, according to Accu Weather meteorologist Dave Dombek. "The heaviest snowfall could be between the East-West Pennsylvania Turnpike and the New York border, over to northern New Jersey, the New York City area, and southernmost New England," Dombek said, according to NorthJersey.com. "A half a foot of snow is possible in this swath with the chance of local amounts into the double digits."

It may be warm enough in southern New Jersey down to Atlantic City to cause a mix of sleet and snow or even all rain.

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8 Reasons William Paterson Rape Case Dropped http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/8-reasons-william-paterson-rape-case-dropped WPU_opt.pngBY BOB HOLT

The students who were accused of sexual assault at William Patterson University on Nov. 25 have not been indicted in the case.

Five students went before a grand jury in Passaic County on Thursday.

Eighteen-year old students Jahmel Latimer of Hoboken, Garrett Collick of Paterson, Noah Williams of Camden, Darius Singleton of Jersey City and Termaine Scott of Vineland were all cleared of charges, NJ.com reported. Chief Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Lisa Squitieri said, “The case was investigated and then presented to the grand jury, but the grand jurors declined to indict and entered a no bill.”

According to NorthJersey.com, defense attorneys said William Patterson’s police investigation was not completely thorough, and was missing interviews with important witnesses. Ron Ricci, attorney for Jahmel Latimer, criticized administrators for making “damaging statements” that made the defendants appear guilty.

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Taking Action to Stop Tax-Dodging Companies in N.J. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/taking-action-to-stop-tax-dodging-companies-in-nj taxavoidance_optBY RICHARD McGRATH

TRENTON — Legislation authored by Senator Shirley Turner (D-Mercer, Hunterdon) and Senator Nia Gill (D-Essex,Passaic) that would deny taxpayer support to companies that engage in corporate inversions as a tax-avoidance scheme was approved by a Senate committee on Thursday. The bill, a committee substitute for S-2361, S-2397 and S-2471, would disqualify businesses that merge with foreign companies or shift their income overseas to avoid paying U.S. corporate tax rates from receiving state contracts or subsidies.

“The increasing trend of corporate inversions is not just a Washington problem; it’s a New Jersey problem, too,” said Senator Turner. “When multi-billion dollar corporations shift their income abroad to reduce their U.S. corporate tax rate, the state can no longer tax those corporate profits. Every other taxpayer must then pay more to make up for the lost revenue in order to maintain government services. It's no wonder the state can't meet its financial obligations. In New Jersey, we are exacerbating the problem by giving taxpayer-funded handouts to support these corporate tax dodgers. We should not reward corporations that have renounced their U.S. citizenship to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. It's unpatriotic.”

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UPDATE: NJ Plane Lands on Route 23 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/update-nj-plane-lands-on-route-23 ROUTE23_opt.pngBY BOB HOLT

A pilot from New Jersey was able to land a malfunctioning plane on Thursday with no injuries reported.

Christopher Okechukwu, an emergency room doctor who has 15 years of flying experience, landed his plane on a West Milford highway.

Okechukwu, of Paramus, landed the plane in the northbound lanes of Route 23. NorthJersey.com reports that aside from landing on an open stretch of the highway, Okechukwu had to maneuver his plane around power lines, avoid a truck going north, and maintain the speed of approaching traffic.

The plane began sputtering as Okechukwu neared his destination. There were no other passengers on board.

Okechukwu said he believed the carburetor of his Cessna C-150 iced up, according to NBC New York.  "I did what I was trained to do -- head for the nearest highway," he said.

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A Game Plan to Keeping and Creating Jobs in N.J. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/a-game-plan-to-keeping-and-creating-jobs-in-nj beck_opt_copyBY JEREMY ROSEN

The Senate Economic Growth Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to create the “New Jersey Business Advisory Council” to recommend job-creating ideas to the state Economic Development Authority, the legislature and the governor.

S-2709 is part of the Senate Republican’s fourth phase of a new six-phase jobs bill package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should quickly garner bipartisan support and passage. Senator Beck unveiled today five other bills in the fourth phase: “Improving New Jersey’s Economic Development Policies & Programs.”

“The diverse Business Advisory Council will provide unique insights about New Jersey’s business climate and what employers need to locate, grow and expand here,” Beck said. “This legislation along with other bills in our new jobs package will provide state leaders with a complete picture and the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators who will hire more people in our top-notch workforce. This package also helps spotlight New Jersey’s businesses in the global economy by promoting their products and giving them more opportunities to grow and expand.”

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Powerball Hot in NJ for Jan. 31 Worth $289M http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/powerball-hot-in-nj-for-jan-31-worth-289m POWER_opt-1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

Another rollover for the Powerball jackpot leaves the grand prize total hovering just beneath the $300 million mark.

Super Sunday could be preceded by a super Saturday for any player lucky enough to win Powerball's top prize for the first time in 2015.

The last jackpot winner came on November 29, over two months ago. The Powerball website reports that the annuity jackpot prize for the game's drawing on Saturday, January 31 has now reached an estimated $289 million. The lump sum payout comes in at $198.4 million. Winning numbers for Powerball's drawing of Jan. 28 were 12, 24, 35, 36, and 49. The Powerball was 1.

USA Mega reports that four players had the first five numbers right without matching the Powerball. Those tickets were purchased in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.Two New Jersey tickets won third prize of $10,000.

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Helping Motorists: Display of e-Car Insurance Gets Green Light from N.J. Assembly http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/science-updates/helping-motorists-display-of-e-car-insurance-gets-green-light-from-nj-assembly license_opt-1BY JENNIFER SCIORTINO

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Craig Coughlin, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Carmelo G. Garcia that would bring motor vehicle insurance requirements in line with 21st century technology was unanimously approved by the full Assembly on Thursday.

Specifically, the bill (A-3905) would allow operators of motor vehicles to provide proof of insurance electronically.

“Nowadays, nearly everything is being accepted in electronic format, from airplane boarding passes and concert tickets to more and more insurance companies now providing electronic copies of car insurance,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Making e-copies a valid form of proof of insurance is a natural and appropriate progression to make life more convenient for motorists. For families especially, where multiple people might share the same car, this should make life easier not having to worry about having a paper insurance card every time someone takes the car out.”

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College Affordability Crisis: What Can We Do? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/college-affordability-crisis-what-can-we-do dollars_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY RICHARD McGRATH

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Sandra Cunningham that addresses college affordability by establishing a “College Affordability Study Commission” gained final legislative approval on Thursday and now goes to the governor. The bill, S979, which includes recommended revisions by the governor, was voted out of the Assembly 71-0.

“Students will continue to drown in a sea of debt if we refuse to take any sort of action on this issue,” said Senator Sweeney. “We cannot stand on the sidelines and allow this to continue. This is a way to study all the factors that contribute to college affordability and to identify ways to make higher education more affordable and to reduce the debts imposed on graduates. College should be within reach of all students, not just the wealthy.”

The Senate President added that the college affordability crisis is reaching its high point, with higher education loan debt now the second-leading debt burden for Americans under age 35, trailing only home mortgages.

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N.J. Drug Fight: Emphasis Must be Placed on Preventing Opiate Addiction in the First Place http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/nj-drug-fight-emphasis-must-be-placed-on-preventing-opiate-addiction-in-the-first-place Pozycki_Elaine__Steve_optBY ELAINE AND STEVE POZYCKI

We are pleased to see Governor Christie expand on the growing problem of opiate addiction in his recent State of the State Address. The attention the Governor is focusing on this issue and his proposals for improving treatment and making it more accessible are important steps forward.

We also applaud the Governor’s efforts to equip law enforcement officials and other first responders with Narcan, a drug which, if taken in, time can prevent accidental deaths from overdoses of painkillers or heroin.

It is critical, however, to couple these steps with measures that prevent opiate addiction from occurring in the first place by attacking the problem at its source; namely, the over-prescribing of opiate-based prescription drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a threefold increase in the number of prescriptions issued for opiate-based painkillers, such as Vicadin, as well as a major step-up in dosage over the past twenty years.

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8 Reasons to be Concerned About PARCC http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/8-reasons-to-be-concerned-about-parcc PARCC_optBY BOB HOLT

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is intended to produce assessment tests that can determine whether students are on the proper track for success in their careers.

Many of New Jersey’s parents and teachers are saying the PARCC plan is running off the rails.

At a public forum on Wednesday, Ridgewood Board of Education member and parent of an eighth-grader Christina Krauss called the tests a burden on both teachers and students. Krauss said the tests were put together badly, and they take up too much learning time in the classroom, according to NorthJersey.com.

PARCC tests are going to be required in mathematics and reading this year for grades 3 through 11.

Oakhurst mother Michelle Green said her daughter suffered stress after classroom changes resulting from the last round of testing. According to The Asbury Park Press, Green is concerned that the standardized tests have questions relating to certain political agendas.

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