Morning News Digest: June 22, 2009

N.J. bill encourages doctors to practice in underserved areas

New Jersey is one step closer to expanding a state program that helps repay the loans of new doctors who open primary-care medical practices in underserved areas. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin faces confirmation hearing

Not too long ago, Monday's confirmation hearing for state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin at the Senate Judiciary Committee was billed as the big showdown about the court and its role in setting priorities for state government. (Fuchs and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Assembly committee considers emergency-responders bill

Firefighters, rescue squad members and other volunteer emergency responders in New Jersey may soon get some assistance of their own from state lawmakers. (AP)

Madison financial adviser is charged with aggravated assault on police

A 35-year-old financial adviser was charged with aggravated assault on police officers after authorities found him inside a smoke-filled building in the borough, a spokesman for the Morris County prosecutor said today. (Drobness, The Star-Ledger)

In memoir, N.J. jurist aimed to do justice to the court he loved

From the serious to the silly, Justice Daniel O'Hern carefully documented the moments he had with six other justices who had the longest run together in the history of the New Jersey Supreme Court. (Fuchs, The Star-Ledger)

Councilman calls mayor's soiree 'unethical'

Borough Councilman Angus Todd has blasted Mayor Anthony Suarez over a $250-per-head cocktail party planned for Wednesday to raise money for his personal legal defense fund. (Van Dusen, The Record)

Lakes Dems bury hatchet

In a political about-face, members of the Pompton Lakes Democratic Club and county committee have unanimously endorsed Borough Council incumbents Lisa Riggiola and Ed Meakem to run on the party ticket in November. (D'Aurizio, The Record)

EnCap lawyers get rail tunnel contract

The law firm singled out by state investigators in the EnCap debacle is back at work on another landmark project, this one fueled by $130 million in federal stimulus money. (Pillets, The Record)

West Deptford budget down to $30.6M

The township committee has adopted a $30.6 million budget, slashing what started as a 46 cent tax rate increase down to 12 cents. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

N.J. seeks volunteers to advocate for institutionalized elderly

South Jersey needs more volunteers like Jim Vine of Barrington and Ann Herrmann-Sauer of Haddonfield to drop in on nursing homes and check on the health and safety of residents, state officials say. (Henry, The Inquirer)

Stimulus money is slow to translate into jobs

All that Bill Donahue wanted to know was: "Where do I get one of those stimulus jobs?" (Infield, The Inquirer)

Gay marriage now key issue for Corzine

Gov. Corzine has made "marriage equality" for gays and lesbians a prominent piece of his reelection campaign, taking another step in his conversion on the issue and encouraging gay-rights advocates who hope to see same-sex marriage approved in New Jersey this year. (Tamari, The Inquirer)

N.J. closes Riverfront State Prison in Camden

One of New Jersey's prisons has been shuttered. (AP)

Despite calls for reform, park system housing policy stands

There has been no significant change to a Monmouth County Park System policy of allowing department heads and other employees to live in county-owned homes at below-market monthly rates, three months after a county freeholder called for reforms. (Jordan, Asbury Park Press)

Area CEOs paid less in recession, amid public outrage

The outcry against massive CEO pay increased last fall when the federal government pumped cash into corporations deemed too big to fail, even as executives got bonuses and lavish perks. (Ortiz, Press of Atlantic City)

McDevitt may run campaign of his own

The city's primary elections are over. At last, some time for residents to throw away those campaign ads, enjoy the absence of campaigners knocking on their door and work on getting one particularly annoying campaign theme song out of their heads. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

State looking for willing and able foster parents in Central Jersey

The state is looking for more parents like Terrance Burton and John Kelly. (Spivey, Courier News)

Budget problems shutter city's mounted police unit

Soft music from a small radio drifts inside the mostly empty stalls of the Camden Police Department's Mounted Unit. (Mast, Courier-Post) Morning News Digest: June 22, 2009