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4/10/2015
Another rise in Central Jersey gas prices, but they're still a relative bargain
     Gas prices are up for a seventh straight week in Central Jersey, but not much, and they're still almost a dollar cheaper than they were heading into last Memorial Day weekend.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending May 22nd:      Regular - Central Jersey: $2.45, up 2-cents; National:  $2.73, up 5-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $2.74, up 3-cents; National:  $2.94, up 5-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $2.92, up 3-cents; National:  $3.12, up 5-cents.      Local averages are calculated using the prices at ten gas stations in Edison, Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and South Brunswick.  The national average is calculated by using the AAA's fuel gauge ...
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5/22/2015
AAA projects second-most N.J. travelers in a decade this Memorial Day weekend
It's the unofficial start to summer -- Memorial Day weekend -- and the AAA projects more than 950,000 New Jerseyans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the next few days.  Spokeswoman Cathleen Lewis says that's a 4.6-percent jump from last year, and the second-highest number in a decade.  Lewis says people just want to get out after a brutal winter, but also are finding gas prices about $1 cheaper than last year, and at their lowest levels since 2009.  Nationwide, a 4.7-percent increase is expected, with 37.2 million travelers anticipated this weekend, the highest number in the past ten years.  Here in New Jersey, 8-million drivers are expected on the Parkway over the holiday weekend, and another ...
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5/22/2015
New Jersey losing funding for veterans' suicide hotline
Since December of 2011, New Jersey's veterans' suicide hotline has had contacts with 130,000 veterans or their families, but all that could come to an end.  The Defense Department is cutting off funding for the hotline August 15th.  The state's Congressional delegation has written a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter seeking to get the money back.  The "Vets4Warriors" line is run by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway.  But Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Seal says no programs for veterans would be cut.  She says instead, the Pentagon will provide a similar service through it's "Military One Source."
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5/22/2015
PARCC testing will be shortened next year
Students in 11 states, including New Jersey, and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards.  The decision to reduce testing by about 90 minutes was made this week by the states and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC.  It comes in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements.
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5/22/2015
South Brunswick van inspections net dozens of violations
An inspection detail on commuter vans by South Brunswick police near Exit 8-A of the Turnpike has resulted in 80 summonses in just one day.  The goal was to focus on vans bringing workers to warehouses in the South Brunswick area.  Of the 20 commuter vans inspected Thursday, nine were taken out of service due to violations.  There were nine unlicensed drivers.  One had a suspended license.  One van had no insurance.  And several owners of the vans were cited for allowing unlicensed drivers.
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