Dear EarthTalk: When the plug-in Prius is released, how much electricity will it use? Will my electric bill double if my Prius is plugged in each night? Or will the increase be minimal? Also, will all this recharging put a strain on the existing electricity grid? — G.C. Marx, Colorado Springs, CO
STATE—A majority (52 percent) of New Jersey voters approve of the way Gov. Chris Christie is handling his job so far, according to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™.
MOUNTAINSIDE—Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $43 million are awaiting about 39,900 New Jerseyans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2006. To collect the money, a return for 2006 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 15, 2010.
TRENTON – Discussions on New Jersey’s troubled state pension system, Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed clean energy cuts and efforts to reform affordable housing and bills to turn property tax rebate checks into a credit and to protect consumers from harassing debt collectors top Thursday’s Assembly committee agendas.
TRENTON – During the past 23 months, 224,725 citations—an average of 9,770 a month—have been issued to motorists violating New Jersey’s cell phone law, which prohibits texting and talking on hand-held phones while driving, said Pam Fischer, director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
MADISON, Wis.—Whooping cough is becoming more common in infants – and a big part of the solution is for women to get a booster vaccination before they become pregnant or right after they give birth.
FLORHAM PARK — AAA and the Travel Channel have teamed up to help rehabilitate the bad habits of some of America’s worst drivers. The two iconic brands will partner in the new reality series “America’s Worst Driver,” premiering Sunday, March 14, at 10 p.m.
PERTH AMBOY – Representatives from Perth Amboy Public Schools will present a check for over $19,000 to the American Red Cross to help with the Haiti earthquake relief efforts today.
WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services reports that the H1N1 flu virus remains active and that the chance of contracting H1N1 remains a serious health threat.
RAHWAY — In what seems to be a historical season, the Rahway boys & girls winter track team continues the program’s storied tradition.