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NJ Supreme Court: COLAs Not Guaranteed for Public Workers

6-9-16
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that cost-of-living adjustments for public workers aren’t guaranteed. That’s $13 billion retirees won’t get back.

Controversy Over Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Fentanyl

6-9-16
Sen. Cory Booker, the ACLU and others oppose a proposal to increase mandatory minimum sentencing for fentanyl, saying imposing a five-year jail term for two grams of the drug punishes addicts instead of distributors.

Proposed Bill Would Create Public Animal Abuser List

6-8-16
Assemblyman Troy Singleton has sponsored legislation that would create a public list of people convicted of criminal abuse of animals or found civilly liable for animal cruelty in New Jersey.

Former NJ Driver Sues Uber Over ‘Unlawful’ Practices

6-6-16
A former Uber driver from New Jersey who says he got fed up with low pay, long hours and no overtime has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Uber of “unlawful wage policies and practices.”

Cape May County Sees 25 Percent Drop in Drug Overdoses

6-3-16
Drug overdoses in Cape May County dropped from 47 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to just 21 percent for the same period this year. It's been a community effort between faith-based groups, law enforcement, schools and hospitals.

Representative Donald Payne Jr. Talks Gun Violence Prevention

6-3-16
A gun violence prevention forum brought together state and local officials to talk about gun safety reforms. Representative Donald Payne, Jr. sums up what he got from the forum.

Gun Control Discussed in Assembly Committee as Gun Violence Continues Unabated

6-2-16
The Assembly's Law and Public Safety Committee met to discuss gun control efforts.

Bill Would Allow Police to Check Cell Phones at Accident Scenes

6-2-16
Sen. Codey has introduced legislation that would authorize law enforcement to check on the spot whether a driver was using a cell phone at the time of an accident.

Crime on the Rise with the Temperatures

5-31-16
Memorial Day weekend was violent around the state. Ten people shot in Jersey City over the last six days, including two teenagers over the weekend. In Newark, a gas station owner shot and killed in broad daylight. In Elizabeth, two shootings this weekend. And, in Camden, 10 homicides in the month of May.

Maplewood Bans Commercial Leaf Blowers

5-31-16
From June through August, Maplewood is banning commercial leaf blowers after residents complained about the noise. Landscapers say the ban is unfairly directed at their businesses.