Morning News Digest: May 18, 2009

Israeli envoy to the U.S. has deep New Jersey roots

Israel's latest choice for its top foreign envoy had a quintessential American upbringing — in New Jersey. (Read, Star-Ledger)

Memorial in Paterson will honor soldier killed in Iraq

PATERSON — A man wearing a cap bearing the words ''Vietnam Veteran'' traveled 40 miles Sunday to a restaurant here to hug a man he had never met. (Brubaker, Star-Ledger)

Healy versus Hague: No contest in the power department, says Farmer

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy vanquished his opposition this past Tuesday, winning a second full term with an impressive 53 percent of the vote in a five-way race. (Jersey Journal)

Lawmakers make bid to curb conflicts of interest

TRENTON — Government officials might soon find it harder to promote issues they can profit from. (AP)

Can the GOP reclaim middle?

WASHINGTON Though U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter voted with Republicans six out of 10 times last year, he decided that he had to abandon the GOP to have a shot at re-election, leaving observers to question the party's ability to include moderates. (Coomes, Gloucester County Times)

Bigger classes, tougher competition at N.J. schools

The largest four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey are expanding the size of their freshman classes in September to accommodate a record number of applicants. (Alex, Record)

Analysts say N.J. housing projections are high

Officials in Trenton say New Jersey towns will need to build more than 115,000 affordable housing units by 2018. Kevin Walsh says they'll be lucky to build 45,000. (Lipman, Record)

Bill targets conflicts of interest

TRENTON – Government officials might soon find it harder to promote issues they can profit from. (Segall, AP)

N.J. Senators set to fight for budget priorities

If you see Sen. Joseph Vitale working in Trenton, chances are he's fighting to expand health coverage. (Tamari, Inquirer)

Extent of tritium leaks still unknown

A month after radioactive tritium was found in a concrete vault and then ground water at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey, experts still are trying to define the scope of the contamination. (Bates, APP)

Furloughs halt services at New Jersey vehicle offices

State drivers have no access to Motor Vehicle Commission offices today. The agency’s 2,406 workers all are taking a mandatory unpaid day off as part of the government’s plan to close a budget gap. (Campbell, Press of Atlantic City)

Ernest Schuck, ex-Barrington mayor, dies at 80

Ernest F. Schuck, a former state assemblyman and mayor of Barrington, died Saturday. He was 80. (Courier-Post)

Construction on Turnpike Exit 12 nearly complete; Carteret mayor fears congestion

CARTERET — Construction at Interchange 12 on the New Jersey Turnpike is nearing an end, but the borough still has concerns about the area surrounding it, officials said. (Rommel, Courier News)

Morning News Digest: May 18, 2009