SCOTCH PLAINS — Not looking forward to the holidays? What if the season of joy only serves to magnify your pain? That may seem like a strange thought, but for some Christmas can be a difficult time.
ELIZABETH – A judge has ordered the former president of Elizabeth’s school board and the current schools superintendent to repay school district funds that were used for personal legal fees while their lawyers argue that the Elizabeth Board of Education does not want the money returned.
RAHWAY – Police have arrested three teens in connection with the Nov. 8 shooting of a 21-year-old Rahway man near the 1700 block of Essex Street, authorities said.
TRENTON – A state Senate committee approved legislation that would permit licensed casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks throughout the state to operate sports wagering pools on professional and collegiate sporting or athletic events if a federal law banning sports betting in all but four states can be overturned.
TRENTON –Two contractors pleaded guilty today to rigging bids and inflating school contracts at the direction of an engineer who oversaw construction projects for the Westfield and Scotch Plains-Fanwood school districts, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
STATE – An appellate court ruled today that New Jersey’s black bear hunt can go forward.
AVENEL – The New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures (OWM), within the State Division of Consumer Affairs, today joined the Bergen County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Middlesex County offices of weights and measures, in announcing charges against 14 gas stations accused of misleading consumers by selling fuel with octane levels lower than those advertised on the pumps.
From The Center for Public Integrity: There are 41 federal judges in the Southern District of New York, the jurisdiction where the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Citigroup for knowingly selling toxic mortgage securities to clients.
From The Center for Public Integrity: Worries about fires, explosions and chemical releases prompted the federal agency in charge of workplace safety on Wednesday to expand a special inspection program focusing on the nation’s chemical plants. Regulators believe the industry is particularly vulnerable to such hazards, meriting the closer attention.
From The Center for Public Integrity: The Obama Administration will be making some important decisions over the coming weeks that will determine to a large extent whether consumers or health insurers will be the biggest beneficiaries of health care reform.