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FIRST NEWS PLUS for Thursday, June 26, 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.

ALAN KASPER’S FORECAST:
TODAY:
Becoming partly sunny. Humid. Scattered showers.  High: 85-90
TONIGHT:
Clearing. Low: 60s

Alan’s Audio Blog: 

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NEWS:

Beating Caught on Video – A woman was savagely beaten in front of her two year old son as the boy desperately tried to save his mother. People stopped to shoot video but did nothing to help the woman as she was attacked or left to lay in a pool of her own blood. this happened in Salem and the woman remains hospitalized as police hunt down the attacker.

Pension Battle Continues – Governor Christie scores a huge win as a judge a rules against public worker union leaders seeking to stop Christie from cutting this year’s pension fund payment by almost $900 million dollars. The fight’s far from over.

Sleepless in New Jersey - Did you get enough sleep last night? Recent data shows almost 30 percent of Garden State residents are getting less than 6 hours a night, which is causing a variety of dangerous problems in their personal lives and on the job.

Cell Phone Ruling – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an suspect’s cell phone information. Morris County College criminologist Nick Irons says the 9-0 ruling from the high court is pretty definite.

Listen to Nick Irons comment:

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In this map provided by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean (
In this map provided by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre)

Search Moves South – An Australian official says he’s confident that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was flying on autopilot when it disappeared on March 8 while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing. Australia’s Transport Minister says the search for the plane will shift even farther south of an area of the southern Indian Ocean.

 

 

Guaranteed Veto  -Are Democrats playing into Governor Christie’s hand by approving a millionaires tax hike that Christie is sure to veto? The Senate and Assembly are expected to pass the Democrats’ $34 billion dollar budget plan today that would raise taxes on residents earning at least a million dollars a year.

Threat Fails to End School Year - A 7th grader has been taken into custody after a threat was made at the Northfield Community School in Atlantic County. The last day of class was cancelled as a result but will be held today. The boy has not yet been charged but police were searching his home.

Stick ‘em Up X2 – You’re getting robbed when you pass away in New Jersey. That’s the gist of a rant from Governor Christie at his latest town hall, bemoaning the fact that New Jersey has both an estate and inheritance tax.

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