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Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

5-22-14
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal forecasters are predicting a slower than usual hurricane season this year because of an expected El Niño system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in New York City on Thursday that the periodic ...

Utility regulators approve storm improvements

5-22-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — State regulators have approved a $1 billion plan by New Jersey's largest utility to raise rates over five years to strengthen electric and gas systems to protect them from future storms. Public Service Electric and Gas initially ...

Sweeney seeks Sandy Bill of Rights veto override

5-22-14
MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Senate president wants to try to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of the Superstorm Sandy "Bill of Rights." Sen. Stephen Sweeney made the announcement Thursday at the home of a Manasquan family who are still ...

Recovery team retrieves body of Mount Hood climber

5-21-14
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — A Hood River County sheriff's spokesman says a recovery team has successfully retrieved the body of a New Jersey man who fell to his death on Oregon's Mount Hood. Sgt. Pete Hughes says recovering the body of 57-year-old ...

State awards $23.8M contract for steel sea wall

5-19-14
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey firm will get a $23.8 million contract to build a protective steel sea wall in two of the shore communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The state's Environmental Protection Department announced ...

Climber who fell 1,000 feet to death is named

5-13-14
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rescuers released the name of a climber from New Jersey who fell about 1,000 feet from the top of Oregon's tallest peak. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Robert Cormier of Jersey City, New Jersey, died ...

New Jersey awards more grants to elevate homes

5-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Christie Administration has approved dozens of grants to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The 109 Hazard Mitigation Grant program awards were ...

Transparency of Sandy recovery programs questioned

5-12-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey lawmakers are frustrated that they will not see the first independent reports on the state-run Superstorm Sandy recovery programs until July, 20 months after the storm hit. The Legislature passed a bill last ...

NJ congressmen raise Sandy concerns with HUD chief

5-9-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of New Jersey's congressional delegation have raised concerns about delays in helping homeowners recover from Superstorm Sandy. The lawmakers met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan in Washington on ...

Record costs clearing NJ roads this winter

5-7-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey spent a record amount clearing snow and ice from the state's roads during the winter of 2014. Transportation Commissioner James Simpson estimates the costs of clearing state, county and municipal roads could ...