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Murphy still wants to phase out PARCC despite pushback

Sep. 18, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says his mind is unchanged about phasing out a controversial standardized test despite legislative concerns over dropping the exams. Murphy spoke Tuesday in Carteret at an unrelated announcement on preschool expansion. His comments come a day after Education...

District fires bus driver who got lost with students onboard

Sep. 18, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has fired a bus driver who got lost on the first day of school. Montgomery schools Superintendent Nancy Gartenberg says the unidentified male driver was unfamiliar with the route and failed to go on a required practice run. The driver left Orchard Hill...

Woman breaches airport security, drives across runways

Sep. 18, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman breached security at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and drove her car across two runways. Port Authority police say the 32-year-old woman followed an authorized vehicle through an open gate Tuesday morning, drove across the runways and then stopped and fled...

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

Sep. 18, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near his door in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sunday even...

Indictment: Guard smuggled drugs to federal prison inmates

Sep. 18, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former corrections officer who allegedly smuggled drugs to inmates at a federal prison and used some of the cash he was paid to gamble in Atlantic City has been indicted on bribery charges and other counts. Federal prosecutors say Paul Wright allegedly received the drugs and cash in...

Cop, firefighter among 24 charged in child luring sting

Sep. 18, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities say a police officer and a firefighter were among 24 men who tried to lure teenagers for sexual activity. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says the men charged in the statewide sting used social media and chat apps to communicate with people they thought were...

Homeless helper's benefactor: Case will be 'crystal clear'

Sep. 18, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey man under investigation over more than $400,000 raised online for a homeless good Samaritan said Tuesday answers are coming in the confusing case. Mark D'Amico appeared in a southern New Jersey court on unrelated traffic charges and mostly declined to address the...

Ex-official who admitted taking bribes now working for state

Sep. 18, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey municipal official who admitted taking bribes from undercover FBI agents more than a decade ago is now working for the state. Marcellus Jackson was hired this summer at a salary of $70,000 to work as a special assistant in the Department of Education. Politico first...

Town accused of bias against Orthodox Jews settles lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town has agreed to repeal an ordinance that state officials said discriminated against Orthodox Jews. The moves, announced Monday, resolve a lawsuit the state attorney general's office filed against Mahwah last October. The town had already repealed an ordinance that barred...

Stockton University to conduct study on environmental center

Sep. 18, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Stockton University will conduct a study on a proposed environmental center. The Press of Atlantic City reports Atlantic City and the university received a $100,000 state grant last week to conduct the feasibility study on the new Marine and Environmental Science Center....