Today in New Jersey’s First News:


A nurse has been released from quarantine in Newark after a weekend of controversy and confusion over the mandatory quarantine policies announced late Friday by the governors of New Jersey and New York. Kaci Hickox, 33, was returning from West Africa but had tested negative for Ebola after being screened at Newark International Airport. But she was placed in quarantine at University Hospital in Newark, under conditions she claimed were inhumane and unnecessary.

Hickox, a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders, was the first person subject to a mandatory quarantine order for anyone returning from West Africa who had direct contact with Ebola patients-- a policy announced by Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday. She had been placed in an isolation tent with heat, food, water and computer access, and almost anything else she wants, except her freedom, for the 21-day incubation period of Ebola.

Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to impose mandatory quarantines of those returning to Newark airport from West Africa who had direct contact with those infected with Ebola. Christie, during an appearance on Fox New Sunday, says he's not counting on a voluntary system, in which people may or may not comply.

Some healthcare professionals are concerned that the mandatory quarantine will discourage nurses and doctors from voltuneering in West Africa to help stop the spread of Ebola.

Jerseyans have more confidence in the state's ability to handle Ebola cases than they do in how the federal government has dealt with patients so far. Today's FDU-Public Mind Poll also reveals that depite the fact New Jersey hasn't seen an Ebola case almost everyone is paying attention to the story...

A terrifying ordeal in Atlantic City. Witnesses say they saw a woman raise her baby over her head and toss her into the water. The mom then jumped into the water herself. Bystanders jumped into the water and managed to save both of them from drowning. The 23-year old mother is now facing charges.

We've been hearing a lot lately about the dangers associated with the Enterovirus but health officials are warning parents about another disease that sends tens of thousands of kids to the hospital every year, and can be more deadly.

Friday's shooting at a high school in Marysville, Washington has claimed another life. Officials at an area hospital say 14-year-old Gia Soriano died Sunday night. Her parents issued a statement saying, "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy." police say freshman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in the cafeteria before taking his own life. Three students, including two of Fryberg's cousins, remain hospitalized.

This week marks two years since Sandy made landfall here, but experts say we're still not stronger than the storm. Any major event could still be devastating for New Jersey...

Having colonoscopy to screen for cancer is not fun. A lot of men won’t do it because of the preparation involved. There is a new home test available starting today that is non- invasive and doesn't require a cleansing. But, most private insurance won’t pay for it...

There is danger lurking in the waters of the Manasquan River. There have been multiple sightings of a rare box jellyfish. The exotic sea creature can inflict an extremely painful sting but is not deadly. They are far more painful than the pesky sea nettles that have been in Barnegat Bay...

Typical trash down the shore this weekend as volunteers scoured the sand for the annual Beach Sweep. They picked up your typical debris: plastic, cigarette butts, syrofoam but also part of a boat, a car door and a bag of mice...

Add this to the list of potential halloween hazards this year: pot-laced candy...

There's nothing official yet but it's looking more and more like New Jersey's gas tax will be increased to keep the Transportation Trust Fund from going bankrupt. For years Governor Christie refused to consider a gas tax hike, but now, even his new Transportation Commissioner is pushing for a new "revenue enhancer" to save the TTF.

Monmouth University is out with a new survey today in which over 600 of the hardest hit Sandy victims were asked how they're doing. Almost two years after the Superstorm devastated New Jersey a significant amount of them are still suffering from post traumatic stress disorder...

Four Edison police officers have been indicted on charges that they conspired to retaliate against an officer from another department because he arrested one of the Edison officer's relatives for drunken driving. Prosecutors say they did surveillance on the man but never actually did anything to him...

There's a fight over property taxes due to Atlantic City from the failed Revel casino. The casino owes $38 million. That's almost 20-percent of all the property tax money Atlantic City expected to collect this year.

What's so great about the Garden State? Each Monday, we are profiling some of the individuals and groups that make the Garden State such a great place to live. An Ocean County-based charity is helping residents in need


WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:

TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs 63-66

TONIGHT: A few clouds. Lows 45-50

TOMORROW: Partly sunny. Warmer. Highs 71-76

To view Dan’s extended 5-day forecast, click HERE.

New Jersey’s First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Full podcast available here. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.