ELIZABETH — A confirmed high-ranking member of the Latin Kings street gang was sentenced today to 50 years in state prison, First Assistant Union County Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. announced.
TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Education approved 23 new charter school applications today. This marks the largest number of charter schools approved in an application cycle since the Charter School Program Act was signed into law in 1995.
TRENTON — Data released by the Department of Education today shows the majority of charters in urban areas last year outperformed other public schools in their host districts on required standardized testing. However, many of the charter schools still performed below state average.
STATE – A new statewide poll shows that less than half of New Jersey voters approve of President Barack Obama. Sen. Bob Menendez has similar numbers, but had more support than six potential Republican challengers that may face him in the 2012 election.
Between holiday shopping bills now coming due, increased winter heating bills and the upcoming income tax season, many people are feeling the pinch. Your best bet for getting back on track is probably to trim expenses.
Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to enable ocean fish populations to rebound after being so over-fished? Are nations coming together on this in any way? — Deborah Kay, Milford, CT
STATE – New Jersey residents can expect a wintry mix of precipitation tonight through tomorrow morning.
PLAINFIELD — The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the shooting death of a Plainfield teenager who died early Sunday morning, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is providing New Jersey’s municipalities and counties $13 million in grants to assist local recycling efforts, Commissioner Bob Martin announced Friday.
MOUNTAINSIDE — Route 22 was closed for half-an-hour Sunday morning while horses were rounded up after they escaped from the Watchung Stables at about 8:15 a.m., county police said. “The horses — all county owned — are in good condition…