Morning News Digest: August 10, 2009

Sample ballots will no longer be mailed to inactive voters

Sample ballots will no longer be mailed to inactive voters, according to a law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine today, according to a report by (The Star-Ledger)

New Jersey awards towns $10.67M in property tax relief

Roseland, Bound Brook and South Orange were among those that claimed the largest shares of property tax relief, the state Department of Community Affairs announced today. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Homelessness programs to benefit from $10.5M in federal stimulus funds

Programs serving people on welfare, young adults leaving foster care, and victims of domestic violence are among the people who will benefit from $10.5 million in new federal homelessness prevention money, Gov. Jon Corzine announced today. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

l Kean, NJCU lead state in diversity

Just southeast of Bergen and Passaic counties stand two universities that serve the greatest percentage of minority and working-class students of any of the state's public four-year schools. (Alex, The Record)

Distressed AC casinos selling at bargain-bin rates

The recession and the mountains of debt that casinos in the nation's second-largest gambling market have amassed has driven the value of some gambling halls to bargain-basement prices. (AP)

Plans for A local college student has been making an impact

in some the nation's poorest communities by building homes, counseling kids and providing support to residents. County animal shelter advance Caged cats line the halls of Camden County's animal shelter, and kennels are packed with pit bulls. (AP)

Moody's offers mixed economic outlook for N.J.

When Moody's Investors Service released a mixed report on New Jersey's financial outlook last week, Republicans seized the opportunity to argue that the state's financial glass was half empty. Democrats saw it as half full. (Lu, The Inquirer)

Andrews credits stimulus for job growth

Employment has started to recover in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties, U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews (D., N.J.) said yesterday – a sign, he hopes, that the economy is turning a corner and that the federal stimulus program has begun to take hold. (Tamari, The Inquirer)

Rutgers student spends her summer helping out in poorer communities in the Appalachian Mountains A local college student has been making an impact in some the nation's poorest communities by building homes, counseling kids and providing support to residents. (Driscoll, Gloucester County Times)

Group pursues $5 million penalty in Atlantic City firehouse case

The National Action Network intends to sue the city government for $5 million and tell state Attorney General Anne Milgram who was involved in an alleged May 15 firehouse incident. The group is seeking damages on behalf of four alleged female victims, said Steve Young, local president of the network founded by Al Sharpton. He said he will hand-deliver to Milgram a copy of the legal claim this morning, as well as the names of firefighters the group accuses of either sexual misconduct or failure to intervene to stop it. (Campell, Press of Atlantic City)

Vaccinators train to stab away swine flu in southern New Jersey this fal "Okay, time to prep your peaches." With that instruction, nurses and health officials from across southern New Jersey took out a peach-shaped stress ball. Each person gave their peach a quick scrub with an alcohol wipe before sticking the fake fruit with a needle filled with saline solution. (Leach, Press of Atlantic City)

Point Pleasant Beach's south end transforms

There is new life at the end of the boardwalk. (McGrath, Asbury Park Press)

Jersey City mayor wants development audit

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy wants to hire a law firm to audit the city's development process in the wake of the recent corruption scandal. (AP)

Hillsborough, Somerset County to seek public input on plans for depot land

Township and Somerset County officials want the public's input before proceeding with plans to transform the 369-acre General Services Administration Belle Mead Depot into parkland, with areas zoned for research and development. (Sroka-Holzmann, Courier News)

Building costs irk Little League officials

Construction fences block access to a squat, concrete building on a residential street next to Von Neida Park in Cramer Hill. (Hirsch, Courier-Post)

Justice complex expansion is proceeding

A multilevel parking garage is showing signs of completion as part of what Gloucester County officials have touted as an overdue expansion of the county justice complex in Woodbury. (Courier-Post)

On Indian Indepedence Day, Kothari reads Guadagno's street presence as symbolic

It was a parade march that kept coming, and for a brief time Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno walked at the head of it with some other dignitaries, before she circled back to the "Chris Christie" float, jumped aboard, and waved atop that perch as she rolled eastward on Oak Tree Road through the same crowd. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 10, 2009