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FIRST NEWS PLUS for Wednesday, July 2, 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.

Sunny, hot and humid.Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High: 9095
Showers and thunderstorms . Humid. Low: 70s
TOMORROW: Showers and thunderstorms. High: 80s

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Satellite view of Tropical Storm Arthur on Wednesday morning
Satellite view of Tropical Storm Arthur on Wednesday morning (NHC)

Heat, Arthur and Sunshine – New Jersey faces a day of extreme heat and humidity and then the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur before a return to sunshine for most of the long weekend.


Shark Surge -If you listen to the stories of two fishermen off Cape May and Long Beach Island you’ll believe new research that shows the population of great white sharks is surging along the east coast. Experts attribute the growth to conservation efforts and more prey.

Bail Reduced – Bail has been reduced for the the woman in Salem charged in the videotaped beating of a mother in front of her child. 25-year-old Latia Harris turned herself in Monday, charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

Financial Disaster Ahead? – A day after signing a new state budget, Governor Christie (R) once again warned that if we don’t reform the state pension and healthcare system, New Jersey will suffer financial disaster.

Outlawing Bestiality – A bill in Trenton would make bestiality a crime. If you’re like most people two questions immediately come to mind: is this really a thing in New Jersey and why don’t we already have a law?

Welcome Home – More than 100 New Jersey National Guard troops have returned home from Afghanistan. The 150th Engineer Company was feted Tuesday during ceremonies at its home base in Hammonton. The unit is comprised of citizen soldiers from 19 of jersey’s 21 counties.

Next story here – Al Della Fave with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office says fireworks-related injuries send about 200 people on average to the emergency room every day during July.He says unsuccessful lighting attempts typically cause the worst injuries.

Food Bank Needs Help – A Middlesex County county food bank is in desperate need of donations.

Fair Play – Before families test their luck at boardwalk games, state inspectors will be checking to make sure everything is on the “up and up” as part of the Safe Summer 2014 campaign.

Seismic Testing Proceeds – A federal agency has approved a plan to conduct seismic testing off the Jersey coast, despite opponents’ fears it could harm marine life and disrupt the state’s fishing industry. The National Marine Fisheries Service moved the plan closer to reality by issuing a permit yesterday for the testing that allows harassment or harm to creatures, including whales and turtles that otherwise would be forbidden by federal law.

An explanation of seismic testing
An explanation of seismic testing (


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