Morning News Digest: July 20, 2009

Quicker warning of water problems sought in N.J.

Angela Pejakovich says her son spends almost as much time in the ocean as the fish do. (AP)

N.J. Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt pushes bills to deal with teen 'sexting'

Like most states, prosecutors and law enforcement officials in New Jersey are struggling with how to deal with teens who engage in racy online behavior, including sending explicit photos via their phones — so-called "sexting." (AP)

State unable to combat prison gangs for lack of funding, manpower

State investigators say they're losing ground in the fight to control gangs in New Jersey prisons because they don't have enough manpower and funding. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Feds subpoena EnCap records

Federal investigators have subpoenaed the governor's office for more than six years of documents, records and e-mails related to the failed Encap golf and housing project, planned to be built on Meadowlands landfills, according to a report in The Record. (The Star-Ledger)

South Jerey toll officials look to go cashless in the future

Authorities across the region are looking at ways to improve how tolls are paid by motorists. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Contract dispute settled

The township committee has authorized a $45,000 mediation settlement to settle two contracts with a landscaping company. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Scholarship program aims to stem N.J. nursing shortage

Two decades and three children after she graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Connie Kartoz is headed back to school in September. And with her will go the hopes of New Jersey health-care officials. (Spolar, The Inquirer)

Have N.J. ethics laws curtailed illegal behavior?

When then-State Sen. Wayne Bryant was indicted on federal charges in early 2007, he was just the first of several state lawmakers to be accused of corruption that year. (Lu, The Inquirer)

Feds subpoena governor’s office

The Feds have subpoenaed the governor’s office for more than six years of records and e-mails related to the failed EnCap golf and housing project that was supposed to be built above the Meadowlands landfills, reports the Record. They’re also asking for records relating to two South Jersey projects, a golf course and housing projects planned by EnCap’s parent, Cherokee Investment Partners of North Carolina. (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)

Officials to launch Meadowlands rail service

Officials are set to cut the ribbon Monday on new train service at the Meadowlands sports and entertainment complex. (AP)

New Jersey gun legislation triggers store owners' concerns

New Jersey's one-handgun-per-month proposal was designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Grant will help Somerset County aid those needing shelter

Somerset County is receiving more than a half-million dollars to help homeless residents with temporary shelter or rental assistance. (Lewandowski, Courier News)

UPDATE: Hillsborough Township Committee taps Olympian to serve on panel

Four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs has been tapped by the Township Committee to lead a group helping to transform the 369-acre GSA-Belle Mead Depot into parkland. (Sroka-Holzmann, Courier News)

State promotes energy-efficient lights

Tri-county residents could find neighbors knocking on their doors this summer, not to sell them something, but to hand out free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. (Hirsch, Courier-Post)

Key Latino leader considers backing Christie

Martin Perez, the president of one of the state's largest Latino organizations, has stunned many of his allies with public declarations of praise for Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: July 20, 2009