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3/27/2015
Wiltsey's mother could go on trail in the fall for his murder
The former South Amboy woman accused of killing her 5-year-old son -- Timothy Wiltsey -- 23 years after she said he had gone missing from a carnival in Sayreville could go on trial this fall.  Michelle Lodzinski had a brief court hearing in New Brunswick yesterday, where her attorney told the judge he'd likely be ready for a trial this fall season.  Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves says he wants to move on with the case because Lodzinski currently is in custody, but he needs time to review hundreds of pages of documents, as well as 21 CDs and 6 DVDs worth of evidence.  Lodzinski's next court date is June second. 
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3/27/2015
Port Authority ponders moving Manhattan bus terminal to New Jersey
Could the Port Authority bus terminal be moving from Manhattan to New Jersey?  It's one idea that could be on the table after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- which runs the terminal -- was shocked at the $10.5 billion dollar anticipated price tag for replacing the dilapidated structure.  Board members say they want to think outside the box, and that having the terminal in New Jersey could be coupled with a trans-Hudson rail line, and the possible new Amtrak Gateway tunnel.
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3/6/2015
Penny drop makes it three straight weeks of falling gas prices in Central Jersey
     It's not much of a drop, but Central Jersey gas prices are down by a penny, enough to make it three straight weeks of falling prices.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending March 27th:      Regular - Central Jersey: $2.05, down 1-cent; National:  $2.42, down 1-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $2.34, down 1-cent; National:  $2.64, down 1-cent.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $2.52, down 1-cent; National:  $2.83, unchanged.      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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3/27/2015
Assembly votes to let parents opt children out of standardized testing
Parents would be able to let their children to opt out of taking standardized tests in New Jersey schools under a measure passed by the state Assembly Thursday.  Under the bill, parents would have 14 days before the test is administered to notify the school that their children won't be taking it. And the school would be required to provide those students with "educationally appropriate" alternatives in another room.  The issue arose after parents and students raised concerns about the PARCC test.  The bill now heads to the state Senate, which must pass it before sending it to Governor Christie's desk.
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3/27/2015
Great Adventure to build solar farm to power amusement park
Great Adventure is going green, but is going to cut down 18,000 trees to do it, at first.  Park officials say they're planning a 90-acre solar panel grid capable of meeting almost all of the park's electrical needs:  21.9 megawatts, enough to power about 31-hundred homes.  But the park will put those trees back, and then some.  It has pledged along with its solar company partner -- to replant 25,000 trees over a seven-year period.
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