Morning Digest: March 7, 2013

Abiding undercurrents of hurt in LD 20

ELIZABETH – His detractors say he has a single gear: fighting gear, a characterization Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) strenuously resists, preferring those storylines that reveal him to be more a careful maker of moves than blindly wind-milling political pug. Politicker


Pre-emptive strike in the 14th

Moving to solidify her base before her opponent even enters the race, 14th District state Sen. Linda Greenstein this week announced several key union endorsements. Politicker


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Lawyer for adult day care centers slams comptroller’s findings

An attorney representing four of the five Adult Medical Day Care centers that the Office of State Comptroller investigated for improper Medicaid billing, among other issues, blasted the state’s findings in a statement Wednesday afternoon. State Street Wire

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NY police pension fund won’t divest gun holdings

New York City’s police pension won’t sell about $10 million in gun-related holdings, the president of the biggest officer union said. Bloomberg


Congress budget cuts damage U.S. economy

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have stumbled into an approach todeficit reduction that inflicts the pain of economic austerity without the gain of addressing the long-term budget gap. Bloomberg


Arkansas adopts ban on abortions after 12 weeks

Arkansas adopted what is by far the country’s most restrictive ban onabortion on Wednesday — at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by abdominal ultrasound. N.Y. Times


Republicans finally end filibuster

WASHINGTON — A small group of Republicans, led by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, stalled the Senate on Wednesday by waging a nearly 13-hour old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster over the government’s use of lethal drone strikes — forcing the Senate to delay the expected confirmation of John O. Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. N.Y. Times


First wrongful death lawsuit filed in Paulsboro wreck

For the first time, a lawsuit alleges that the derailment of a freight train and subsequent chemical leak Nov. 30 in Paulsboro claimed the life of a resident of the waterfront industrial town. Inquirer


FBI watching Sandy aid in N.J. for fraud

The FBI doesn’t normally come knocking for fraud cases involving a few thousand dollars. But that’s likely to change very soon in New Jersey as federal investigators turn their attention to the billions in federal aid coming into the state to rebuild after superstorm Sandy. Record


How White House quieted gun groups

President Barack Obama’s gun control agenda is looking more doomed by the day, but gun control advocates still haven’t said a word to complain.

That’s no accident. Politico


U.N. to vote on N. Korea sanctions

(CNN) — With the U.N. Security Council set to vote on a resolution to strengthen sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang unleashed its latest bout of fiery rhetoric, this time threatening its enemies with the possibility of a “preemptive nuclear attack.” Huffington Post


Mount Laurel proposes tax hike, various improvements

MOUNT LAUREL — The Board of Education has proposed a tax increase as it moves forward with new educational programs and a list of capital improvements. Burlington County Times


Sales reflect record rise in state lottery spending

Walk into Cigar Alley @ The News Nook in Merchantville and the aroma of fine tobacco hits you first.

But it is the clipped staccato of the store’s New Jersey Lottery machine that is a constant. Customers are just as apt to buy scratch-off tickets as they are cigars. Camden Courier-Post



Cerf goes public about test scores

The Christie administration yesterday continued to fill in the details of next year’s new teacher evaluation system, including how — and how much — test scores will be used to determine final ratings. NJ Spotlight



Sandy scammers hijacked southern hospitality

The good folks of South Carolina deserve a truckload of thanks for their generosity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. They filled five shipping containers with $1 million worth of clothes, toys, furniture and food. Children scribbled notes on the boxes: “We love you, New Jersey.” Star-Ledger


Predator vs. intruder

IN THE wake of the shootings inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., parents across New Jersey are debating how best to protect their children in school. While the possibility of an armed intruder entering a school is low, there is another threat to student safety, one already inside schools: sexual predators. Record


  Morning Digest: March 7, 2013