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Dear EarthTalk: Recent news reports have revealed the discovery of previously unknown species inhabiting the deepest parts of our oceans. Is anything being done to protect this habitat before humans have a chance to fish it to death or otherwise destroy it? — Matthew Polk, Gary, IN

Piscataway Police Officer Dead After 10-Hour Standoff

PISCATAWAY — A township police officer is dead after barricading himself in his home and allegedly threatening to kill any officer who approached the house, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Piscataway Police Chief Richard Ivone announced

Report Says 1 In 8 Union County Residents Suffer From Food Insecurity

HILLSIDE – According to a new study released by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, 13.3% of Union County’s population is food insecure.

15 Union County Transportation Projects Would Receive Funding Under Christie Plan

TRENTON – Fifteen capital projects in Union County are scheduled to advance with a total of over $184 million in funding under the proposed $3.5 billion FY 12 Transportation Capital Program, the Christie Administration announced Friday.

20 Middlesex County Projects Included In Proposed Transportation Capital Program

TRENTON – Twenty capital projects in Middlesex County are scheduled to advance with a total of over $175 million in funding under the proposed $3.5 billion FY 12 Transportation Capital Program, the Christie Administration announced Friday.

NJ Forms Nuclear Review Task Force

TRENTON – The state Department of Environmental Protection announced the formation of a task force that will conduct an assessment of operations and emergency preparedness plans for the New Jersey’s four nuclear generating facilities. The review will determine whether any early lessons from the ongoing nuclear emergency in Japan could enhance New Jersey’s current nuclear response protocols.