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ICE detainees at Bergen County jail allege abuse, medical neglect

Fifteen immigrants detained — or previously detained — at the Bergen County Jail filed a complaint this month with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, alleging abuse, medical neglect, sexual assault and other “deplorable” conditions they say are rife at the Hackensack facility. The groups Freedom for Immigrants, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Unlocal Inc. filed on behalf of the detainees.
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What experts advise as air travel remains strong and COVID-19 cases rise

Health experts caution that unvaccinated people, including children, should not be flying to infection hot spots. Travel across the United States has remained strong, with 2.2 million travelers taking to the skies on Sunday, even as COVID-19 rates spike in many states. Most of those cases are due to the delta variant of the coronavirus; delta now accounts for nearly 75% of new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and 83% across the country.
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NJ Spotlight News: July 26, 2021

A COVID-19 mask mandate could be back on the table. After the nation’s top infectious disease expert said this weekend the U.S. is “going in the wrong direction.”. Officials announce 594 new, positive cases and 3 new deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 902,870 cases in the state and 26,579 confirmed and probable deaths.
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Medical groups urge mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all US health care workers

An award-winning journalist, Briana Vannozzi serves as the anchor for NJ Spotlight News. She's worked in several capacities since joining the news division in 2012, as interim anchor and senior correspondent after years of general assignment reporting as a multimedia journalist. Vannozzi began her television journalism career by cutting her teeth on New Jersey State House politics for New Jersey Network News. And later as a news radio correspondent at FM News 101.9 in New York City. A Burlington County native, she's honored to be serving and covering her home state.
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NJ ends salary cap for job running its $93 billion pension fund

Once again, the state is searching for a new pension director. They could could earn far more with private companies. With little fanfare, Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers have abolished a long-standing cap on how much the state can pay a key employee — the director of investments for the public-worker pension fund.
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Will a larger Trenton-Mercer Airport choke region with flights?

County officials forecast modest rise in flights, but critics predict more will come. A planned expansion of Trenton-Mercer Airport will result in only a few dozen extra flights a day over the next 15 years, Mercer County officials say. Opponents, however, pointing to four new taxiways and a much bigger terminal building, say that the county and the Federal Aviation Administration are planning a bigger expansion without saying so.
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Miles of Lower Hackensack River NJ wants designated as Superfund site. The state will pursue the cleanup of the Lower Hackensack River as a federal Superfund site. This is the first time that a New Jersey river is being proposed for Superfund listing and marks a critical step toward remediation of river sediments contaminated with mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other pollutants from past industrial practices.
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This is where NJ has among the lowest vaccination rates

Lower uptake is attributed to vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, among other reasons. State and health officials in New Jersey continue to push for more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as deadlier variants of the coronavirus emerge. But in some towns, vaccination rates lag far behind state goals. Low vaccination...
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Op-Ed: It’s time for government to stop restricting scientific research into marijuana

Former New York Giants running back applauds funding of marijuana research by NFL and players association. Calls for federal government to unchain the science. About six years into my career with the NFL, a trainer told us that we would all start getting blood tests to check our liver function. We were all healthy football players, mostly in our twenties. Why did we need liver function tests?
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NJ Spotlight News: July 23, 2021

More fallout from the pandemic. Nursing homes may have managed to outlast the COVID-19 health crisis, but they’re now victims of a changing industry. Officials announce 803 new, positive cases and 4 new deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 900,841 cases in the state and 26,568 confirmed and probable deaths.
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Camden barbers talk importance of COVID-19 vaccine with customers

‘I let them know that I am fully vaccinated but it’s up to you to make that choice’. Some barbers in Camden are being recognized as community ambassadors in the effort to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s part of a new program led by Rutgers University-Camden and the Center for Child Services, sponsored by NJ Health Initiatives. The idea is to facilitate people learning about the importance of vaccines from the people they trust.
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NJ Transit’s budget delayed over funding stalemate with NY

Agency is in dispute with New York over how to split federal funds. The New Jersey Transit budget is in limbo. The agency’s board met this week but could not pass a new budget for the 2022 fiscal year because of an ongoing dispute with New York over how to split incoming federal funding. NJ Transit needs the money to make good on its spending plan. Instead, the board voted to extend the current budget while it works on securing that money.
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Community policing: Examining what works — and what doesn’t work

An award-winning journalist, Briana Vannozzi serves as the anchor for NJ Spotlight News. She's worked in several capacities since joining the news division in 2012, as interim anchor and senior correspondent after years of general assignment reporting as a multimedia journalist. Vannozzi began her television journalism career by cutting her teeth on New Jersey State House politics for New Jersey Network News. And later as a news radio correspondent at FM News 101.9 in New York City. A Burlington County native, she's honored to be serving and covering her home state.