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Beating Victim Reacts - As police still hunt for her attacker, Catherine Ferreira is recovering at home with her 2-year-old son. Her nose is broken. Her face swollen and bruised. Catherine says it all started over a guy. Her attacker was upset she made a comment about who she was dating. One of the most disturbing parts of this story is the number of people who stood by and took video of the beating and did nothing. But Catherine says don't be too hard on them, they were just kids.

Gold Caution - It's just the start of a year-long crackdown on 'Cash for Gold' shops across New Jersey and already, 21 stores are cited for violations. State officials are warning you to be careful and alert if you're ever looking to sell some of your gold or silver.

Looking for Pepper - It was bad enough when a family got home and saw robbers had ransacked thier home stealing jewelry and electronics. But they also took thier dog named Pepper. Police have traced the stolen goods to New Brunswick but there is no word on the dog. Police say if you have nay information please call them at (732) 329-4646

Too Much TV Can Be Deadly - If you like sitting around watching TV you better listen to this. A new study finds people who watch television for 3 hours a day are twice as likely to drop dead in the next few years as those who watch only a little TV.

Help for Rebels - In Iraq insurgents have executed almost 200-captives in three days. The insurgents have claimed a large part of the country. President Obama is asking for $500 million from Congress for Syrian rebels who are fighting the radicals.


The NJ Senate approved the largest budget in the state's history Thursday. (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)

In the Budget Home Stretch - A Democrat-sponsored $34.1 billion budget is now on Governor Christie's desk and he swears he'll veto the tax hikes that support it. Democrats insist the state needs the money while Republicans say their colleagues across the aisle are way off base

Alimony Reforms - Alimony reforms are advancing through the Legislature. Long sought changes would end alimony when the payer reaches retirement age or loses a job or when the former spouse starts living with someone. The bill still needs to be passed by the senate and signed by the governor.

Superstar Beaches - Six south Jersey beaches are making a national list for best water quality. Margate, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood Crest and Strathmere are counted among the nation's 35 “Superstar Beaches by the National Resource Defense Council.


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