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Tonight's Spotlight
March 20, 2023
 Tonight's Spotlight brings you highlights from the day's news for New Jersey, brought to you by the reporting of NJ Spotlight News
 

Today's developments

  • The state Senate has signed off on a bill tossing a $100-million lifeline to a limited number of school districts that face big cuts in state K-12 aid under the proposed budget for the coming year.
    • Gov. Phil Murphy’s preliminary spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July boosts overall spending in so-called formula K-12 aid for fiscal 2024 by more than $800 million.
    • But roughly a quarter of districts stand to receive less than they did in fiscal 2023, because of a five-year-old aid-rebalancing formula.
    • The seemingly fast-tracked legislation, unveiled just Friday by Murphy and three fellow Democrats, would allow districts to recoup two-thirds of the difference.
    • Districts would have to submit a written plan indicating how they plan to make up the difference in future years — after this year’s elections in which all 120 legislative seats are up for grabs.
    • The measure now moves to the Assembly for a vote before ending up before the governor for an expected signature.
    • See NJ Spotlight News for more coverage.
       
  • This weekend brought solid improvement in N.J.’s COVID statistics, led by a steep drop in hospitalizations.
    • The count of people with COVID at all 70 hospitals in the state is now well below 600, its lowest reading since early May.
    • The number of new confirmed cases fell below 250 — roughly the same as last Monday’s report, one of the lowest in months.
    • The latest reading for the rate of transmission posted on the state dashboard is 0.85 — well into the favorable range — but a note indicates it has not been updated for at least three days or more.
       
  • The upper house of the state Legislature also approved a tweaked version of a controversial bill changing the rules and operations of NJ ELEC, the agency that oversees elections in New Jersey.
    • The Election Transparency Act shortens the permissible look-back for violations to two years from 10 and raises limits for some campaign contributions.
    • It also changes the way ELEC board members are appointed, giving Murphy 90 days to name new members without formal input from the state Senate.
    • Casting a thumbs-down vote was Democratic Sen. Nia Gill, who said the altered appointment process “eliminates all checks and balances between the commission and the executive branch.”
    • Another critic is the leader of the NJ Forward Party, the state branch of an alternative national political organization co-chaired by former Gov. Christie Whitman.
    • In a weekend letter, Brian Verela dubbed the measure the “Public Corruption Authorization Act,” and said it was the “latest attempt by our elected officials to undermine the voice of the people.”
    • See NJ Spotlight News for a video report.
       
  • And then there was one — as in one overachieving team from New Jersey still dancing in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament to decide a national men’s basketball champion.
    • Following a pair of upset victories — over top-ranked Arizona on Thursday and Missouri on Saturday — Princeton has made its way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1967.
    • Next up for the 15-seed Tigers is Creighton, a six seed, in prime-time on Friday night in Louisville, KT.
    • Yesterday, the Cinderella run of the team from little FDU in Teaneck, who shocked the sports world by beating top-ranked Purdue, came to an end with a 78-70 loss to Florida Atlantic.
    • In the women’s championship, Monmouth University lost a play-in game to Tennessee Tech on Thursday.
    • See NJ Spotlight News for a video report.
 

'21' Series: Hudson County

A new episode of NJ PBS's 21 digital film series, Hudson County is now streaming. Viewers meet Jersey City resident Shayla Cabrera, who has faced adversity while paving a unique life path through a love of horticulture and plant medicine that has led to her becoming one of the only women in New Jersey with a license to grow cannabis and a role model to women of color in this new industry. 

Latest coverage

 

The latest numbers

  • The 229 laboratory-confirmed COVID infections reported today, up from 208 last Monday, bring the state’s cumulative total to 2,554,847.
    • There were also 103 positive results detected by quick-turnaround but less-reliable antigen tests.
    • According to the CDC, the number of cases reported in the nation continues to drop sharply, to just under 150,000 in the week ending March 15 from nearly 185,000 the one before that.
       
  • Four newly confirmed COVID deaths were reported in N.J. today, putting the state’s overall toll for the pandemic at 36,044 including probable COVID fatalities.
    • 32,928 of those deaths are laboratory confirmed.
    • Three deaths were reported at N.J. hospitals yesterday, with a determination pending on whether the coronavirus was the cause, unchanged from Friday.
    • New cases and deaths are falling on a global basis as well, with the WHO reporting levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic across most of the world.
       
  • There were 559 patients with COVID at N.J.’s 70 hospitals, down roughly 125 from Friday’s report.
    • 76 patients were in intensive care and 16 were connected to ventilators — both recent lows.
    • 174 patients were at hospitals in the north, with 207 in central Jersey and 178 in the south.
    • Officials say they monitor patient counts closely to discern COVID trends in real time, but daily reports have often been incomplete — today’s is the first to encompass all N.J. hospitals in days.
       
  • Other numbers:
    • More than 7.19 million people in N.J. are “fully vaccinated” and more than 4.39 million boosters have been administered.
    • The latest weekly update for nursing homes and other LTCs showed continued progress — with 278 facilities with a current COVID outbreak as of Wednesday, down 31 from last week.
    • 10,142 laboratory confirmed COVID-associated deaths have now been recorded at LTCs, up 24.
    • See NJ Spotlight News for more data.
 

Tonight on NJ Spotlight News
 

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VN NJ Spotlight News Tonight's Spotlight March 20, 2023  Tonight's Spotlight brings you highlights from the day's news for New Jersey, brought to you by the reporting of NJ Spotlight News.  Today's developments * The state Senate has signed off on a bill tossing a $100-million lifeline to a limited number of school districts that face big cuts in state K-12 aid under the proposed budget for the coming year. * Gov. Phil Murphy’s preliminary spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July boosts overall spending in so-called formula K-12 aid for fiscal 2024 by more than $800 million. * But roughly a quarter of districts stand to receive less than they did in fiscal 2023, because of a five-year-old aid-rebalancing formula. * The seemingly fast-tracked legislation, unveiled just Friday by Murphy and three fellow Democrats, would allow districts to recoup two-thirds of the difference. * Districts would have to submit a written plan indicating how they plan to make up the difference in future years — after this year’s elections in which all 120 legislative seats are up for grabs. * The measure now moves to the Assembly for a vote before ending up before the governor for an expected signature. * See NJ Spotlight News for more coverage. * This weekend brought solid improvement in N.J.’s COVID statistics, led by a steep drop in hospitalizations. * The count of people with COVID at all 70 hospitals in the state is now well below 600, its lowest reading since early May. * The number of new confirmed cases fell below 250 — roughly the same as last Monday’s report, one of the lowest in months. * The latest reading for the rate of transmission posted on the state dashboard is 0.85 — well into the favorable range — but a note indicates it has not been updated for at least three days or more. * The upper house of the state Legislature also approved a tweaked version of a controversial bill changing the rules and operations of NJ ELEC, the agency that oversees elections in New Jersey. * The Election Transparency Act shortens the permissible look-back for violations to two years from 10 and raises limits for some campaign contributions. * It also changes the way ELEC board members are appointed, giving Murphy 90 days to name new members without formal input from the state Senate. * Casting a thumbs-down vote was Democratic Sen. Nia Gill, who said the altered appointment process “eliminates all checks and balances between the commission and the executive branch.” * Another critic is the leader of the NJ Forward Party, the state branch of an alternative national political organization co-chaired by former Gov. Christie Whitman. * In a weekend letter, Brian Verela dubbed the measure the “Public Corruption Authorization Act,” and said it was the “latest attempt by our elected officials to undermine the voice of the people.” * See NJ Spotlight News for a video report. * And then there was one — as in one overachieving team from New Jersey still dancing in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament to decide a national men’s basketball champion. * Following a pair of upset victories — over top-ranked Arizona on Thursday and Missouri on Saturday — Princeton has made its way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1967. * Next up for the 15-seed Tigers is Creighton, a six seed, in prime-time on Friday night in Louisville, KT. * Yesterday, the Cinderella run of the team from little FDU in Teaneck, who shocked the sports world by beating top-ranked Purdue, came to an end with a 78-70 loss to Florida Atlantic. * In the women’s championship, Monmouth University lost a play-in game to Tennessee Tech on Thursday. * See NJ Spotlight News for a video report. '21' Series: Hudson County A new episode of NJ PBS's 21 digital film series, Hudson County is now streaming. Viewers meet Jersey City resident Shayla Cabrera, who has faced adversity while paving a unique life path through a love of horticulture and plant medicine that has led to her becoming one of the only women in New Jersey with a license to grow cannabis and a role model to women of color in this new industry.  Latest coverage * NJ Senate passes bill that critics say would hobble elections watchdog * How patients are still grappling with effects of long COVID * Cannabis consumption lounges, dispensaries to open in Atlantic City * Funeral held for Najee Seabrooks, activist shot and killed by police * Pride and joy in NCAA tournament efforts of Princeton, FDU * The latest numbers * The 229 laboratory-confirmed COVID infections reported today, up from 208 last Monday, bring the state’s cumulative total to 2,554,847. * There were also 103 positive results detected by quick-turnaround but less-reliable antigen tests. * According to the CDC, the number of cases reported in the nation continues to drop sharply, to just under 150,000 in the week ending March 15 from nearly 185,000 the one before that. * Four newly confirmed COVID deaths were reported in N.J. today, putting the state’s overall toll for the pandemic at 36,044 including probable COVID fatalities. * 32,928 of those deaths are laboratory confirmed. * Three deaths were reported at N.J. hospitals yesterday, with a determination pending on whether the coronavirus was the cause, unchanged from Friday. * New cases and deaths are falling on a global basis as well, with the WHO reporting levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic across most of the world. * There were 559 patients with COVID at N.J.’s 70 hospitals, down roughly 125 from Friday’s report. * 76 patients were in intensive care and 16 were connected to ventilators — both recent lows. * 174 patients were at hospitals in the north, with 207 in central Jersey and 178 in the south. * Officials say they monitor patient counts closely to discern COVID trends in real time, but daily reports have often been incomplete — today’s is the first to encompass all N.J. hospitals in days. * Other numbers: * More than 7.19 million people in N.J. are “fully vaccinated” and more than 4.39 million boosters have been administered. * The latest weekly update for nursing homes and other LTCs showed continued progress — with 278 facilities with a current COVID outbreak as of Wednesday, down 31 from last week. * 10,142 laboratory confirmed COVID-associated deaths have now been recorded at LTCs, up 24. * See NJ Spotlight News for more data. Tonight on NJ Spotlight News NEW! Podcast version of 'NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi' You can now listen to the NJ PBS flagship weeknight newscast anytime, anywhere. It's the only daily Jersey-centric podcast in the state, bringing you in-depth reporting covering all the news, issues and stories uniquely relevant to the residents of the Garden State. Here's the link. N, Spslight March 20, 2023 WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE. 1- 855 568- 0545 l T coviD-19 Informatlon 1- 800 962 1253 898-211 We can't do this without you. Support NJ Spotlight News NJ Spotlight News focuses on New Jersey with multiplatform, independent journalism and is part of The WNET Group, which is supported by the public it serves. Twitter Facebook Website Copyright © 2023 NJ Spotlight News, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you signed up for updates from NJ Spotlight News. Receiving too many emails from us? . Want to stop receiving all emails from us? 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