Morning News Digest: August 14, 2009

Gov. Corzine wants GOP challenger Chris Christie to explain Rove talks

The Corzine campaign today took its offensive on Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's reported conversations with Bush adviser Karl Rove a step further by alleging those exchanges — as well as other meetings he took while U.S. attorney — appear to have violated federal law. (Graber, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. property tax rebate application deadlines pushed back

New Jersey residents looking to get a share of more than $1 billion in property tax relief now have more time to apply to two state rebate programs. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine says he will take part in governor's race debates New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has ended speculation over whether he will take part in gubernatorial candidate debates this fall. (AP)

N.J. expands coverage for autism, developmental disability therapies

New Jersey became the 15th state today to enact a law requiring insurance companies to cover the screening and therapeutic treatment for children up to age 21 who are diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

The Record's North Jersey Marketbasket Survey for August 2009

The Record's monthly marketbasket survey tracks changes in the prices of some household goods and services. The survey is based on mid-month prices in North Jersey. Change is for the past 12 months — from August 2008. (The Record)

Pascack bank raises $3 million in offering

Pascack Community Bank said Thursday it raised $3 million in a “rights offering” of stock and warrants to boost its capital to keep pace with loan growth. (Newman, The Record)

Red-light cameras coming to N.J. intersections

On a typical day in Stratford, more than 10,000 drivers navigate the intersection at White Horse Road and Berlin Avenue, near the Lindenwold High-Speed Line station, Kennedy Memorial Hospital, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. (Mucha, The Inquirer)

N.J. senator wants new look at Riverfront prison

A New Jersey state senator wants the state to reconsider a plan to raze the empty Riverfront State Prison in Camden. (The Inquirer)

GOP Gloucester County freeholder candidate bows out of race

The 25-year-old Republican candidate for county freeholder who pulled in the highest amount of votes in his party's June primary withdrew from the race Thursday. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Here's where $170 million goes to boost region's economy

The sums are dizzying: Almost $800 billion in federal money is flowing through the country to stimulate a national economy in the worst shape since the Great Depression. (Barlas, Press of Atlantic City)

Investigators of Atlantic City land deal

Investigators of Atlantic City land dealings want councilman’s tax returns State investigators recently sought the tax returns of a city councilman and his life partner as part of an ongoing investigation into resort land dealings. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

NJ program to promote pedestrian safety

Garden State motorists may find it pays to be aware of the rules about pedestrian crosswalks. (AP)

South Plainfield energy firm sets job fair, to start work on $200M solar project

In July, Petra Solar received word it had been hired by the state's largest utility to advance the utility's solar-energy initiative across New Jersey. (Grant, Courier News)

N.J. now requires autism coverage

New Jersey — the state with the highest autism rate in the country — now requires health insurers to pay for diagnosis and treatment. (AP)

With Booker's blessing, White poised to lead Bell's staff in Booker-Bell alliance

City Hall sources confirmed today that not only is Central Ward Councilman Charles Bell a done deal as Mayor Cory Booker's Central Ward candidate, but that Booker protege Nakia J. White will serve as Bell's chief-of-staff. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 14, 2009