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Costs To Own & Operate A Car Going Up, AAA Reports

FLORHAM PARK — AAA released the results of its annual Your Driving Costs study on Wednesday, revealing a 3.4 percent rise in the yearly average costs to own and operate a sedan in the United States. The average costs rose 1.9 cents per mile to 58.5 center per mile ($8,776 per year), based on 15,000 miles of annual driving.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: So, what’s the story: Is it good that we have fluoride in our tap water or not? I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions over the years. — Benjamin P., Mission, KS

Ramos Rocks Roman

PERTH AMBOY — Melvin Ramos, who was a top aide to former Mayor Joe Vas, said that Dianne Roman sent municipal employees to do her personal shopping and deliver goods to her home after using a city charge card to pay for the groceries.

State Police Conduct Field Exercise

UNION COUNTY — The New Jersey State Police, the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management, and emergency response and emergency management agencies will be conducting a multi-day, full scale exercise to test first responder deployment and response capabilities in New Jersey’s Urban Area Security Initiative region.

Smart Uses For Your Tax Refund

Each spring, millions of Americans look forward to receiving a hefty income tax refund. And it truly is “hefty” with the average federal refund in 2010 hovering around $3,000. That’s a lot of money to be giving the government through what is essentially a year-long, interest-free loan.