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.
PASSAIC – Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft Unit shut down a major alleged counterfeit trademark operation based out of Passaic. Wan Kim, 52, of Ridgefield, was arrested by detectives and charged with possession and manufacturing of counterfeit trademark items, authorities announced today.
SCOTCH PLAINS – A New Jersey assemblywoman is asking state residents to turn off their lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday to recognize “Earth Hour.”
TRENTON – New Jersey’s February unemployment rate edged up by 0.1 percentage point to 9.2 percent, even as the state added 7,500 jobs during the month.
FORT MONMOUTH — Residents in flood-damaged homes should begin cleanup as soon as it is safe to re-enter their houses because mold can create serious health problems, according to disaster recovery and health officials.
STATE — AARP New Jersey is strongly critical of Senate Bill 2664, legislation proposed by Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Asm. Joseph Cryan that could leave state residents paying more to telephone and cable companies.
NEWARK – An unregistered charitable organization that solicited donations to supposedly save horses from being killed and processed into pet food will cease operations and pay up to $581,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed against it by the State Division of Consumer Affairs last December.
TRENTON – The state Assembly unanimously approved a bill to amend New Jersey’s identity theft laws to impose criminal penalties on anyone found guilty of criminal impersonation using any electronic communications or internet websites.
WAYNE – Working with the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, a crew of Columbia Bank volunteers assisted two Wayne homeowners begin to repair recent flood damage.
ELIZABETH – New Jersey’s attorney general joined with representatives from the State Division of Consumer Affairs and the Consumer Federation of America to warn elderly residents about a scam that preys on their desire to help their family members.