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December 4, 2023

Good morning. In the coming weeks, we're looking to spotlight some of NJ's unsung trailblazers. This can be anyone who you think goes above in beyond and deserves to be recognized for their efforts. These people can work in any field: mental health, education or social justice, to name a few. Have someone in mind? Send and email to [email protected] with their name, organization and why they should be considered.  
— Maddi Ference, social media specialist, [email protected]

 

Prioritizing social work

With mental health challenges on the rise, New Jersey is experiencing a shortage of treatment providers. Lawmakers are now considering a bill to expand the pool by allowing licensed clinical social workers – a backbone of this workforce – to bill Medicaid, even if they work independently. As it is, almost all Medicaid patients can only access these services if the LCSW is part of a hospital, doctors’ group or community-based organization. Lilo H. Stainton reports.

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NJ's party line studied

The U.S. Senate candidacy of first lady Tammy Murphy has thrust the controversy over the party line in New Jersey’s primaries back to the fore. Julia Sass Rubin, a Rutgers professor who has been studying the state’s unique practice of giving preferential ballot placement to candidates who win party endorsement, recently released a new paper on the issue. She answered questions about it for NJ Spotlight News.

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Restoring the pension fund

A recent push to restore the health of New Jersey’s $90 billion public-worker pension fund, partly by significantly increasing long-neglected state contributions, took center stage during a recent discussion of how taxpayer-funded retirement plans across the country have fared following the crisis that emerged during the 2007–2009 Great Recession. John Reitmeyer has the story.

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Tentative deal for striking union nurses

1,700 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have been on strike for four months with no end in sight -- until now. Union President Judy Danella talked about the tentative deal reached with the hospital, which still has to be approved by a members vote. Briana Vannozzi reports.

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Former NJ family reunited in hostage exchange

Weeks of uncertainty came to an end for Yehuda Beinin's family after his daughter was returned in the hostage exchange by Israel and Hamas. But this came with another bout of grief, as they learned that her husband died on the first day of fighting. Brenda Flanagan has the story.

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'21' series: Combatting stigma in Rahway

The final episode of "21" profiles Rahway resident Kashinda Marche -- whose life-altering diagnosis fueled her mission to create community. She founded ‘Kreative on Purpose,’ an outreach program that aims to empower others.

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221

Golf courses in the Garden State
 

Tonight on 'NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi'

  • The nurses' strike at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick could soon be coming to an end. Union and hospital leaders announced Friday that they’ve agreed to terms for a new contract, 120 days after the hospital’s 1,700 nurses first walked off the job.
  • The Senate Economic Growth Committee will discuss three bills on Monday aimed at promoting the welfare of pets and animals. The bills would address the rise in feral and stray cat populations, establish licensing and operating requirements for pet groomers, and ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores.
  • On Monday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone will be at the Belford Seafood Cooperative to demand action against seafood products imported from China produced through illegal and unethical labor practices.

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Podcast: NJ Spotlight News

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. 
 
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VN NJ Spotlight News Today's Spotlight PRESENTED BY Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind December 4, 2023 Good morning. In the coming weeks, we're looking to spotlight some of NJ's unsung trailblazers. This can be anyone who you think goes above in beyond and deserves to be recognized for their efforts. These people can work in any field: mental health, education or social justice, to name a few. Have someone in mind? Send and email to [email protected] with their name, organization and why they should be considered.   — Maddi Ference, social media specialist, [email protected] PRIORITIZING SOCIAL WORK With mental health challenges on the rise, New Jersey is experiencing a shortage of treatment providers. Lawmakers are now considering a bill to expand the pool by allowing licensed clinical social workers – a backbone of this workforce – to bill Medicaid, even if they work independently. As it is, almost all Medicaid patients can only access these services if the LCSW is part of a hospital, doctors’ group or community-based organization. Lilo H. Stainton reports. Full story NJ'S PARTY LINE STUDIED The U.S. Senate candidacy of first lady Tammy Murphy has thrust the controversy over the party line in New Jersey’s primaries back to the fore. Julia Sass Rubin, a Rutgers professor who has been studying the state’s unique practice of giving preferential ballot placement to candidates who win party endorsement, recently released a new paper on the issue. She answered questions about it for NJ Spotlight News. Full story A MESSAGE FROM ATLANTIC SHORES OFFSHORE WIND Generating energy solutions and trust ATLANTIC SHORES offshore wind Generating Energy responsibly Protections for marine life Trust UL LEARN MORE Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is developing the most economically, environmentally, and socially responsible renewable energy solutions for New Jersey. While a misinformation campaign is trying to muddy the waters, the reality is simple. The team is led by purpose-driven professionals with deep roots in environmental science who follow the data and place the environment first. Learn more. SHARE THIS NEWSLETTER WITH A FRIEND NEWSLETTERS RESTORING THE PENSION FUND A recent push to restore the health of New Jersey’s $90 billion public-worker pension fund, partly by significantly increasing long-neglected state contributions, took center stage during a recent discussion of how taxpayer-funded retirement plans across the country have fared following the crisis that emerged during the 2007–2009 Great Recession. John Reitmeyer has the story. Full story TENTATIVE DEAL FOR STRIKING UNION NURSES 1,700 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have been on strike for four months with no end in sight -- until now. Union President Judy Danella talked about the tentative deal reached with the hospital, which still has to be approved by a members vote. Briana Vannozzi reports. Full story FORMER NJ FAMILY REUNITED IN HOSTAGE EXCHANGE Weeks of uncertainty came to an end for Yehuda Beinin's family after his daughter was returned in the hostage exchange by Israel and Hamas. But this came with another bout of grief, as they learned that her husband died on the first day of fighting. Brenda Flanagan has the story. Full story '21' SERIES: COMBATTING STIGMA IN RAHWAY The final episode of "21" profiles Rahway resident Kashinda Marche -- whose life-altering diagnosis fueled her mission to create community. She founded ‘Kreative on Purpose,’ an outreach program that aims to empower others. Full story NUMBER OF THE DAY 221 Golf courses in the Garden State TONIGHT ON 'NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS WITH BRIANA VANNOZZI' * The nurses' strike at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick could soon be coming to an end. Union and hospital leaders announced Friday that they’ve agreed to terms for a new contract, 120 days after the hospital’s 1,700 nurses first walked off the job. * The Senate Economic Growth Committee will discuss three bills on Monday aimed at promoting the welfare of pets and animals. The bills would address the rise in feral and stray cat populations, establish licensing and operating requirements for pet groomers, and ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores. * On Monday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone will be at the Belford Seafood Cooperative to demand action against seafood products imported from China produced through illegal and unethical labor practices. Where to watch. Friday's show Podcast: NJ Spotlight News 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.  Listen now A MESSAGE FROM ATLANTIC SHORES OFFSHORE WIND Generating energy solutions and trust ATLANTIC SHORES offshore wind Generating Energy responsibly Protections for marine life Trust UL LEARN MORE Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is developing the most economically, environmentally, and socially responsible renewable energy solutions for New Jersey. While a misinformation campaign is trying to muddy the waters, the reality is simple. The team is led by purpose-driven professionals with deep roots in environmental science who follow the data and place the environment first. Learn more. We can't do this without you. SUPPORT NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS DONATE 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. Our mailing address is: NJ Spotlight News 825 Eighth Avenue, 14th Floor New York, NY 10019-7435 Add us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails? You can or .  
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