Morning News Digest: August 26, 2009

N.J. senator proposing bill to allow students with diabilities to bring service dogs to school With the start of a

N.J. senator proposing bill to allow students with diabilities to bring service dogs to school

With the start of a new school year approaching, Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney said Tuesday that he will introduce legislation this fall guaranteeing that all students with disabilities can bring a professionally-recommended service dog to school with them. (The Star-Ledger)

White House, State Department join effort to keep Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi out of N.J.

Rep. Steve Rothman, (D-Fair Lawn), said officials at the White House and the State Department have pressed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to avoid staying here next month when the U.N. General Assembly convenes, according to a report in The Record. (The Star-Ledger)

Sen. Edward Kennedy's historic political career has paths through New Jersey

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's larger-than-life political career included some significant connections to New Jersey. (Miller, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine, Chris Christie trade barbs about lobbying histories

Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie this week renewed his attacks on Gov. Jon Corzine, criticizing the incumbent's history on Wall Street and chiding Corzine for "lobbying" to help Enron deceive its investors. (Margolin and Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Hoboken mayor in corruption sting gets vacation pay

A North Jersey mayor who resigned following his arrest on federal corruption charges has been paid for unused vacation days even though he served only one month in office. (AP)

New Secaucus mayor sworn in

Richard Steffens called for “a beginning of the healing process” Tuesday as he was sworn in as mayor to replace Dennis Elwell, who was arrested last month in a federal corruption sting. (Van Dusen, The Record)

Woman Christie lent money quits U.S. post

A federal prosecutor who received a $46,000 loan from her boss – now the Republican candidate for New Jersey governor – has resigned. (Delli Santi, Inquirer)

At Ft. Dix, troops get heartfelt homecoming

After months of combat in Iraq, the deaths of two comrades, and the wounding of others, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team were more than ready for the peace and comfort of home – not to mention a good night's rest. (Collmore, Inquirer)

Burlco Democratic chairman resigns amid PAC controversy

Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr, who aggressively targeted local Republicans with corruption complaints while promoting government reforms, will step down amid a controversy over the distribution of campaign funds. (Rao, Inquirer)

Washington Township makes new bid for EIRC building

The township council plans to start proceedings to buy a new library – again. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Camden Diocese boosts aid on tuition

Many parents of local Catholic students are looking to collect more financial aid for tuition, as they still face layoffs and furloughs in a recession. (Romano, Gloucester County Times)

Atlantic City's Bernie Robbins Stadium falls into disrepair

The doors to Bernie Robbins Stadium are locked or boarded up, the building unfit for human occupancy. (Good, Press of Atlantic City)

N.J. schools prepare for swine flu

Officials are planning how they'll respond to swine flu when New Jersey's schools reopen in the next two weeks. (AP)

Retired North Jersey police officer getting $363,000 payout

Retirement will be sweeter for a New Jersey police officer thanks to a grandfathered provision of his contract. (AP)

Loan OK'd for senior housing in Burlco

The proposed $4.4 million conversion of a historic mansion into senior housing has received a key financial commitment. (Comegno, Courier-Post)

Woodbridge councilman gets in LD 19 race

Veteran Woodbridge Councilman Charles Kenny says he's in the race to fill the Democratic Party's vacancy in the 19th Legislative District created by last week's bow-out by South Amboy Mayor John T. O'Leary. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 26, 2009