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December 1, 2015


NEW JERSEY DRIVERS ARE SIXTH SAFEST IN THE NATION

A new report from Car Insurance Comparison found that New Jersey drivers rank sixth in the nation when it comes to safety on the road. NJ 101.5 says motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey dropped from 747 in 2005 to 556 in 2014, and seatbelt usage among NJ drivers sits at a comfortable 90 percent.
WHY DOES LEAD POISONING STILL AFFLICT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF KIDS IN NJ?
More than 3,100 young children in New Jersey have been found to have elevated levels of highly toxic lead in their system. NJ Spotlight says childhood lead poisoning is entirely preventable, but it remains a longstanding scourge that continues to linger in the Garden State.
DOES THE UPCOMING TOLL HIKE HAVE A TINY SILVER LINING?
Next week, NJ commuters will have to pay $15 to cross the George Washington Bridge – nearly double the cost from just a few years ago. The Record, however, says this could be the last toll hike North Jersey drivers will see for at least the next few years.
BILL PROVISION COULD CUT $50 MIL FROM NJ TRANSIT BUDGET
Senator Menendez and Congressman Sires are pushing for a permanent transportation funding bill to make sure New Jersey's roads, rails, and, bridges have a future. But WBGO says they've run into a provision that would cut $1.6 billion a year in federal transit funding, causing a $50 million drop in NJ Transit's budget.
SYRIAN FAMILY FIRST TO ARRIVE IN NJ SINCE CHRISTIE'S BAN ON STATE HELP
A family of seven on Monday became the first to arrive in New Jersey for resettlement since Governor Christie ordered state agencies to stop helping Syrian refugees settle in the Garden State. NJ.com says the family will be living in North Jersey and will likely have to rely on the work of non-profit groups who have pledged to help Syrian refugees despite the Governor's withdrawal of support.

SAVE THE DATE: ProPublica and NJ Spark are hosting ProPublica Live: In Conversation with Jason Leopold at 6pm on Dec. 7 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Join us for a conversation with VICE News investigative reporter Jason Leopold about his use of Freedom of Information Act requests in his reporting on national security, civil liberties, and other issues. The discussion will include tips on how journalists, environmentalists, researchers and others can use FOIA to uncover public information. Tickets are free but limited. Click here to RSVP or learn more.

SAVE THE DATE: Come tell us your story about Atlantic City. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Free Press will be bringing together community members, journalists, media makers, activists, and others at the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City to brainstorm about the future of local journalism and its role in the community. Click here for more information and click here to RSVP.    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.   Want more? Check out our must-reads here.

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