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3/5/2015
Snow continues to fall in Central Jersey, closing schools and state offices
Yet another Winter snowstorm in what has been a rough winter here in Central Jersey is dumping more of the white stuff, with about 3 inches on the ground as of 9 am.  WCTC Meteorologist Tommy Else says the entire area should see snow through the evening, then ending, with about 4-7 inches by the time it's all said and done.  The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Wanring in effect through this evening.  Other things you need to know: --There is a State of Emergency in New Jersey.--A travel ban is not in effect.--Non-essential state government offices are closed today.--NJ Transit is cross-honoring all passes system-wide today.--With temperatures expected to fall into the mid-20s ...
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3/5/2015
As snow piles up, N.J. DOT snow removal budget could be slashed next year
While the snow piles up this winter -- and we're already going to be over 30 inches this winter, more than a typical winter in Central Jersey, after today's winter storm -- Governor Christie's budget proposal for next year includes a huge cut for snow removal by the DOT.  The spending plan would slash it nearly in half, in fact, from just over $89 million to $45.2 million.  For comparison's sake, so far this year, the DOT has spent nearly $54 million on snow removal, and that's not even including today's massive storm that will affect the entire state, and for a long duration.  
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3/5/2015
Senate vote on electronic insurance ID bill delayed due to inclement weather
New Jersey drivers will have to wait to learn whether a bill letting them use smartphones to show proof of auto insurance heads to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.  The state Senate postponed Thursday's vote because of the snow.  Under current law, drivers asked to show proof of insurance can offer only a paper copy. But the proposed legislation would permit either electronic or paper forms.  The measure also says that use of an electronic device does not mean the driver has consented to its search.  The Assembly has passed similar legislation.
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3/5/2015
Snow scrubs public hearing on transportation funding in Trenton
The future of New Jersey's roads and bridges remains on hold because of the weather.  Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski of Sayreville had planned a public hearing Thursday on the transportation trust fund. But the hearing is canceled because of the snow.  Gov. Chris Christie says the fund will stay solvent until 2016.  Lawmakers and other stakeholders argue the fund ought to be replenished through new revenues, but there has been no agreement on how to raise the money.  Lawmakers are preparing to hold hearings on the governor's fiscal year 2016 budget while Christie considers a campaign for the White House.
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3/5/2015
Six more area teams advance on Day 3 of the NJSIAA state H.S. basketball tournament
On Day 3 of the state high school basketball tournament, six area teams advanced, while 11 got knocked out.  Following are Wednesday's results, then the upcoming schedule for each remaining team's next game.  Local teams are in CAPS.  Check back here each night for the latest results.  WCTC's coverage of the state tournament now is set to begin on Friday night with a North Jersey, Section 2 - Group 4 semifinal between top-seed Ridge and No. 8 Columbia (out of Maplewood-South Orange) at 7pm.  Wiith snow forecast for Thursday, our opening state tournament broadcast featuring top-seed Colonia in the North 2 Group 3 quarterfinals against 8th-seed Passaic Valley is likely to be cancelled, since any school not in session on ...
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