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FIRST NEWS PLUS for Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Partly sunny and more humid. High: 85
Partly cloudy. Humid. Low: 65-70
TOMORROW: Partly sunny. Humid. High: 85-90

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Rescuers search the water off Ocean City for a missing boy
Rescuers search the water off Ocean City for a missing boy (6 ABC)

Search in Ocean City – The Coast Guard and other emergency crews are searching for a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to sea by an undercurrent while swimming with friends off Ocean City Sunday evening. Everyone except the teen made it back to shore. The Ocean City Beach Patrol recovered six to eight people swimming with the teen when they ran into a rip current.

Sweeney on Air – State Senate President Steve Sweeney will be Eric Scott’s guest on New Jersey 101.5 FM Monday morning, from 8 to 9 a.m., as Eric sits in for the vacationing Jim Gearhart.

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Saving Money on Fireworks- The 4th of July comes up at the end of this week. Many towns are still struggling financially, but they have come up with a way to celebrate without spending a small fortune

Toughter Texting Penalties – If you’re still texting and talking on your hand-held cell phone you are about to face stiffer penalties. Under a new law that takes effect tomorrow, if you’re a repeat offender you could even lose your license.

Illegal Dumping – In Lacey Township, a Seaside Heights man’s been fined more than $21,000 for dumping asbestos siding shingles and other debris in Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management area. Twenty-five-year-old Adam Wardell pleaded guilty June 17

Late but great NJ peach crop this year. (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

Weekend Shootings – authorities are investigating two unrelated Newark shootings over the weekend that left two people dead. No arrests have been made in the deaths of 41-year-old Maria Cruz of Rockaway, New York, and 33-year-old Raheem Hughes of East Orange.

Tourists on Trial – North Korea is getting ready to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists. Americans Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle are suspected of carrying out hostile acts against North Korea. North Korea has also been separately holding Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae since November 2012.

Late but Great – The word of New Jersey’s peach crop this season: it’s late, but great. Mullica Hill peach farmer Tom Holtzhauser says the hard winter pushed the bloom back but it received extra nitrogen from all that winter snow, on top of their fertilizer. He says the result is a great New Jersey peach this year.

Port Authority Settlement – The Port Authority and two advocacy groups have reached a settlement in a seven-year-old lawsuit over disabled access to the Grove Street PATH station. The two groups claimed the Port Authority’s renovation of the station in Jersey City violated federal law by not including an elevator for disabled individuals. The Port Authority has agreed to construct an elevator and a passenger vertical platform lift.

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. After recent financial hardships, an Atlantic City program is back up and running with high hopes for the future


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