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Debt Crisis Clouds Puerto Rico’s Future

Puerto Rico defaulted this week on the first $400 million of more than $70 billion worth of debt.

Parents File Federal Lawsuit Over Lead in Newark School Water

Anthony Brown and Gwendolyn Booker have filed a federal lawsuit against Newark's state-run school district, its superintendent, the city and Gov. Christie, saying their children drank water tainted with lead in Newark schools.

Senate Budget Committee Hears About Human Services Programs

Lawmakers heard testimony about programs such as homeless assistance, SNAP and Return Home New Jersey during a budget hearing.

Bill Would Let Women Get Birth Control Over-the-Counter

New legislation would allow pharmacists to dispense oral birth control pills for women and girls, without a doctor’s prescription.

AC Mayor Announces $1.8M Bond Payment, Opposes State Takeover

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian announced the city made a $1.8 million bond payment and will continue to operate. He said he opposes the state takeover Gov. Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney want and prefers a plan from Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

Christie: All Public Schools Must Test Drinking Water for Lead

Gov. Christie announced that all public schools, including charter schools, will have to start lead testing water and notifying parents of results this September.

Newark Mayor, Residents Protest Port of Newark Hiring

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka led a group of protesters at the Port of Newark for what they say is the denial of full-time jobs to Newark residents. The International Longshoremen’s Association and the New York Shipping Association says that's not the case.

Bill Would Set Aside $10M for Child Abuse Prevention Services

Senate President Steve Sweeney is introducing a bill to set aside $10 million to create a “Child Advocacy Center-Multidisciplinary Team Fund.”

Legislators, Health Experts Dissect Policies to Fight Drug Overdoses

NJTV's second forum on New Jersey’s drug addiction crisis included a panel of legislators and health experts who talked about what policies meant to fight drug overdoses are working.

Discussing Ways to Deal with Zika Virus

Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez say the U.S. needs to be prepared for an outbreak of the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquitoes and sexual contact.