July 16 marks the 66th anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test explosion. The United States’ test, code-named “Trinity,” was exploded in the desert of New Mexico and ignited the nuclear age. The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9 were followed by some 2,050 nuclear tests worldwide, with over half (1030) conducted by the United States.
ELIZABETH – Authorities have identified a woman who was found dead near railroad tracks in Elizabeth on Tuesday morning.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has issued this year’s version of the “Best Practices” checklist to promote government efficiency and accountability. Each of the state’s 566 municipalities must complete the checklist and meet an established percentage of the checklist items in order to receive all or part of their final state aid payment.
TRENTON – Parents could go to prison if they fail to report their child’s death or disappearance under legislation proposed by New Jersey lawmakers this week.
NEWARK — The Fiscal Year 2012 operating budget approved by the NJ Transit Board of Directors yesterday maintains stable fares, while the capital program supports fleet modernization efforts and infrastructure improvements.
TRENTON – State school aid increased by $850 million over last year’s budget, and Middlesex County school districts will get $92 million more than last year according to figures released this week by the Christie administration.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of the Public Debt announced Wednesday that as of Jan. 1, 2012, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions. The move is expected to save American taxpayers approximately $70 million over the first five years.
TRENTON – The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) marked the second year of its refrigerator and freezer recycling program by hosting a group of fourth and fifth graders from a local YMCA summer program on a tour of a de-manufacturing plant. The facility has processed more than 25,000 old, energy-wasting units since its July 2009 opening.
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