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June 19, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Legalizing recreational marijuana, regulating and taxing it. Could the next governor approve what Christie refused? Our U.S. senators and The National Council of La Raza talk Trump budget cuts as Latinos prioritize policies that affect them most. The incoming Dean at Rutgers School of Public health gets personal about the health issues of the LGBTQ community. A diaper bank that helps parents who can't afford baby basics also helps them work to support themselves. And it's 80 years since a Miss New Jersey became a Miss America. Could this serial contestant break the cycle?

AECDC diaper bank assists families in need

The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation in New Brunswick typically serves about 700 families a year and distributes as many as 80,000 diapers annually.

Bergen County Ends Chronic Homelessness

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bergen County has ended chronic homelessness, which it defines as “long-term homelessness among people with disabilities and other complex needs.”

March 28, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

The attorney general threatened sanctuary cities on complying with immigration law. Today, some cities push back. How and why Tom MacArthur was the only New Jersey congressman to support the failed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Back in action after a year later. See which state agency finally holds a public meeting. We're now using our toes to count the latest credit downgrade for the Garden State. And, one New Jersey county recognized nationally for its work on a nagging issue.

Essex County Effort Brings Health, Wellness Services to Homeless

Project Homeless Connect Day in Essex County gives homeless and needy residents access to services like shelters and recovery centers, plus health screenings, haircuts, manicures, food and clothing.

March 23, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Christie’s crowing about the best jobs report in years. But he demurs on a bill to make officials release their tax returns. A bill that would let police and firefighters manage their own pensions is put to a vote. A delay on the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Does the American Health Care Act have the votes to pass? There are plenty of essential services available to the homeless. And today in Essex County, easy access to food, housing and medical care. Allotting land for a new science and technology city. But is selling prime Hudson River real estate for $10 a good deal? And how about this for a good deal? We’re broadcasting tonight before a live audience at Camden’s Adventure Aquarium.

Feb. 27, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Students struggling to afford the rising cost of college are skipping meals. What universities are doing to prevent hunger on campus. Ahead of the governor's budget address, the state pension dilemma. A former state treasurer predicts the feds will step in. Is that a good thing? The state of clean up for the state's Superfund sites. One congressman fears cuts to the EPA could create a quagmire here. And when is a hot dog not a hot dog? When it's wrapped in a bun and shot from a cannon across a middle school gym. This you've got to see.

Lawmakers Hear About Impact of Food Insecurity on College Campuses

A study by the College and University Food Bank Alliance found that 48 percent of college students reported experiencing food insecurity. Rutgers and Montclair State University each have food pantries available to help.

Without Temporary Rental Assistance, More in NJ Could Be Homeless

New Jersey's Temporary Rental Assistance program is ending. Advocates say that could cause more people to become homeless or leave the state.

Feb. 21, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Restricted seating at Newark Penn Station. Who's being targeted? And is limiting access to a public place legal? Pulling stop-gap rental assistance for those chronically homeless or disabled. If the state can't help those chasing the dream, who can? Questionable grades and graduation rates in Englewood. Auditors have temporarily replaced district staff to sort it out. New guidelines on immigration enforcement. What do they mean for unauthorized immigrants here? And living history at a local country club. Built to provide a respite from racial discrimination. And what a respite!

Study: 37 Percent of NJ Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs

The latest ALICE study finds that 1.2 million or 37 percent of households in New Jersey can't afford basic needs. And the percentage is climbing, up 31 percent from just over 600,000 households in 2007 to more than 800,000 in 2014.

Jan. 17, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

Another candidate to replace Christie. His Republican lieutenant governor's loyalty to the boss could come at a cost. Christie skipped the announcement to spend the day boosting his drug addiction crisis agenda, likely the hallmark of his two terms in office. The Port Authority released big budget capital build-outs. Did a desperately needed new bus terminal make the cut? How to secure the state from terror attacks. Homeland Security says in this era of lone wolf terrorists, citizens are key. And there are families making enough to rise above the poverty line who still can't afford food and shelter. How does this happen?

Bill Would Create Tiny House Pilot Program for Homeless

A bill making its way through the state Senate would create three tiny house pilot programs in New Jersey to house the homeless as prices continue to keep housing unaffordable to so many.

Dec. 29, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

The poor can't be kept in jail for failing to make bail. Reformers applaud the changes. But some counties and companies claim it won't pay. Voice-activated technology linked to the cloud can control your internet of things. But can it also virtually spy on you? A former NFL player throws a Hail Mary pass to get the league's ban on medicinal marijuana lifted. Can pot treat pain as well as addictive opioids? Treating needy neighbors with food and shelter and resources can fuel the soul but break the bank. Who will suffer if the money runs out? And look who's bucking Congress' attempt to ban transmitting from the House chambers via social networks? A Jersey girl.