Morning News Digest: July 10, 2009

N.J. schools increasingly offer public preschool

An increasing number of school districts are offering public preschool, the idea being that teaching children early will help their learning — and save school districts money — down the road. (Rundquist, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. man, prominent Democratic fundraiser, named as U.S. ambassador to Germany

Philip Murphy, a Monmouth County resident who is a prominent Democratic fundraiser and former Goldman Sachs colleague of Gov. Jon Corzine, was named tonight as President Obama's ambassador to Germany. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

President Obama, Gov. Corzine event moved to PNC Bank Arts Center due to high ticket demand

Gov. Jon Corzine is moving a campaign rally with President Obama next week from Rutgers University in New Brunswick to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel after the campaign was swamped by requests to attend the free event with the president. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Federal oversight agency says N.J. taking steps to avoid federal stimulus abuse

New Jersey is making strides in its effort to ensure federal stimulus aid doesn't get abused in a state well known for corruption, a new report released by the federal Government Accountability Office says. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

846 N.J. fugitives arrested in nationwide roundup 'Operation FALCON'

Federal and local authorities arrested 846 New Jersey fugitives, some of whom are "incredibly violent, incredibly dangerous," during a monthlong operation, law enforcement officials said today. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Chris Christie says Sarah Palin won't stump for him, Rudy Giuliani will

Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie today said he will not invite Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to campaign for him in New Jersey. (Heininger, The Record)

Keep hospital shut, blacks tell Corzine

African-American leaders are urging Governor Corzine not to allow Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood to reopen. (Layton, The Record)

Second time around Townes returns as Hackensack’s mayor

Moments after he was chosen to lead Hackensack once again, Marlin G. Townes smiled when City Clerk Debra Heck joked "Congratulations…we think." (Bonamo, The Record) GOP

3rd District Assembly hopeful urged to quit over 'insensitive' remarks

A Republican candidate for Assembly in the 3rd District has been asked to drop out of the race by Gloucester County's GOP chairman because of "insensitive" comments. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Deal sets furloughs at Rowan, other New Jersey colleges

Rowan University faculty and staff would take seven unpaid furlough days this year and see their raises deferred in exchange for a no-layoff pledge until 2011, under an agreement reached this week between the Corzine administration and the bargaining agency for New Jersey's nine state colleges and universities. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

GOP seeks distance from Glouco candidate

When Lee Lucas declared himself an Assembly candidate in the Republican primary race, many South Jersey party leaders cringed. (Hefler, The Inquirer)

N.J. computerizing driver testing

The New Jersey driver testing system is undergoing an overhaul. The Motor Vehicle Commission announced yesterday that Robbinsville-based New Jersey Business Systems has been awarded a contract valued at about $4 million to update the system. (The Inquirer)

Funding for Camden training center cleared by committee

Federal funding for an armed forces training facility in Camden has been approved by a congressional committee, officials said yesterday. (McKelvey, The Inquirer)

Prosecutor: Nonprofit's ex-director took $10G

A former executive director of the Poricy Park Conservancy stole $10,219 from the nonprofit organization's coffers so she could make mortgage payments on her Bridgewater home, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said (Penton, Asbury Park Press)

Freehold Township man sues Live Nation

A Freehold man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Live Nation that alleges the company violated the state's consumer protection laws when it sold him tickets for a concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center. (Penton, Asbury Park Press)

Hundreds of fugitives taken off streets in New Jersey

June may have been a bad month for weather, but it was a good one for law enforcement agencies throughout the state. (Cohen, Press of Atlantic City)

7.5 acre Dunellen tract, proposed for housing, now permanently open space

A 7.5-acre property where more than a dozen homes were slated to be built will now remain a mixture of woods and farmland along the Green Brook. (Racz, Courier News)

Shore doctor barred over pain killers

A Wildwood doctor has lost his license because he created falsely diagnosed patients to prescribe pain killers, officials said Thursday. (Courier-Post)

Man bests DRPA in battle over privacy

Paul Zilahy Ingerman takes his Social Security number very seriously. (Stilwell, Courier-Post)

From Florida, Lopez tells paper that she's lived in Jersey City since March, 2008

Jersey City Councilwoman Nidia Lopez, who spent today in Orlando, told the local paper that she has lived in Jersey City since March, 2008 (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Democrats relocate to Kyrillos territory for Obama/Corzine rally

In an email-web video blast to supporters last night, Corzine '09 Campaign Manager Maggie Moran said the campaign's original intention to encamp at Rutgers New Brunswick for a rally with President Barack Obama won't work. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: July 10, 2009