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5/1/2015
Bridgegate scandal goes to federal court this morning in Newark
Federal prosecutors have announced a court proceeding involving the 2013 traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, an investigation that has loomed over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he considers a presidential run.  An 11 a.m. court hearing is scheduled for Friday, and the U.S. attorney's office will hold a news conference at 1 p.m.  The office, which Christie led before stepping down in 2008 to run for governor, has not said who will appear in court or any other details.  Two of the three access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee were shut down for four mornings in September 2013, causing massive delays.  An aide to Christie emailed a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ...
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4/10/2015
Gas prices head back up in Central Jersey
     Gas prices are up by double digits in Central Jersey for the second week in a row, with regular up 34-cents in the past month.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending May 1st:      Regular - Central Jersey: $2.37, up 10-cents; National:  $2.58, up 9-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $2.64, up 10-cents; National:  $2.78, up 9-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $2.81, up 10-cents; National:  $2.97, up 9-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 report, which can be found here.
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5/1/2015
So much for April showers in Central Jersey
Well, they say April showers bring May flowers, but we didn't have much in the way of showers in the month gone by here in Central Jersey.  State Climatologist Dave Robinson says we only got 2.23 inches of rain in the New Brunswick area in April, a little more than half what we'd normally get.  Overall, it was the driest April in New Brunswick since in 14 years. Meanwhile, the average daily temperature was 52.2 degrees, slightly milder than normal, which is about 50.8.  It was in the top third warmest Aprils on record.  We dipped below freezing a handful of times, most recently last Saturday, and hit as high as 81 on the afternoon of the 18th.
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5/1/2015
Rutgers developing online final exam contingency due to Internet troubles
Rutgers University is developing contingency plans for final online exams as it continues to restore its computer network following a "denial of service" attack that the FBI is investigating.  The university said in an update last night the attacks are "ongoing and persistent."  Rutgers says it's implementing attack mitigation services, network hardware upgrades and web server improvements to stabilize the issues.  Rutgers' Internet service went down around 10 a.m. Monday. Many online functions are still unavailable to students, faculty and university staff.  The FBI also is investigating a cyberattack that occurred at Rutgers at the beginning of April that lasted five days.
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5/1/2015
Port Authority approves money for plans to replace Newark Liberty's monorail
The AirTrain that funnels travelers into Newark Liberty International Airport, which cost $769 million to build and opened in 1996, must be replaced because it will no longer be safe for passengers to ride it by 2022.  The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the agency won't repeat the mistake of building a system that's not strong enough to withstand more than a couple decades of use.  Patrick Foye says officials grew concerned soon after the AirTrain debuted that it wasn't "robust" enough.  He says the new AirTrain must last many decades. The Port Authority board voted Thursday to approve $40 million to begin planning and designing it.  Officials say they need to ...
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