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November 24, 2015


NO THANKSGIVING IN HOBOKEN?

City and water officials in Hoboken are warning that the ongoing issues stemming from a water main break on Sunday could last through the Thanksgiving holiday. NJ.com says the city and water company are now not only dealing with the initial water main break, but also with a failure in a valve that regulates water flow between Jersey City – the source of Hoboken's water – and the Mile-Square City, making it impossible to stop the flow of water to the broken pipe.
NUTLEY TRAIN DERAILMENT LEAKS CONTAMINATED SOIL
Authorities are now investigating Saturday's train derailment in Nutley after two freight cars derailed and leaked at least 4 cubic yards of soil contaminated with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl). The Record says the soil was being transported from the Clifton/Nutley Roche property as part of the environmental remediation process.
NEW EDUCATION REFORM GROUP READY TO GO PUBLIC
A new education reform advocacy group called the Parent Coalition for Excellent Education is about to go public, with backing from some prominent names in New Jersey school policy and funding from a group that supports charter schools. NJ Spotlight says the group will be targeting parental involvement in an attempt to engage families that may be left out of the polarizing debate in cities like Newark and Camden.
NJ LAWMAKERS RALLY FOR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS
Democratic lawmakers held a rally in Elizabeth to support the reauthorization of the Zadroga Bill, which would allow 9/11 first responders to continue receiving care. WBGO says Republican leadership is coming out in support of a permanent first responders health care act, and Senator Booker says a permanent bill would impact first responders all over the country. The new bill would also remove a cap which restricts the number of first responders eligible for care.
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.

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 be moderated by ProPublica's assistant managing editor, Eric Umanksy, and will include tips on how journalists, environmentalists, researchers and others can use FOIA to uncover public information. 

Click here to RSVP or learn more. Tickets are free but limited.

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