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Tropical Miss - If you are spending the final week before school starts down the shore the surf will be rough. Tropical Storm Cristobal will not come anywhere near New Jersey but is still expected to make waves and generate powerful rip currents along the entire jersey coastline by the latter half of the week.Cristobal is the third named storm of the hurricane season.

Marathon Bomber's Widow in NJ-The widow of one of the Boston Marthon bombers has moved to New Jersey. Katherine Russell was married to Tamerlan Tsarnev. She has moved in with her sisters in North Bergen. Russell has been something of an enigma maintaining she knew nothing of her husband’s plots or anti-American views.

Back To School Concern- A new worry as we send our kids back to school over the next two weeks.Some folks would say we're dealing with an "epidemic" of teacher-student sexual contact. Are schools doing too little or is technology doing too much?
Michael Brown Sr. speaks at the Peace Fest music festival in St. Louis' Forest Park (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Brown Laid to Rest - The family of the unarmed black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri lays him to rest later this morning. And the father of Michael Brown is asking protesters to take a break today, so that the family can grieve. The funeral will be held in St. Louis. President Barack Obama (D) is sending three White House aides, and Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said he will attend.


      Earthquake in Wine Country -Scientists say aftershocks are expected to continue for several weeks following Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake that shook Napa, California. State geologist John Parrish is warning that buildings damaged in the quake will be more susceptible to collapse from aftershocks. The quake caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparking fires. Four homes in a mobile home park were destroyed.

State Cars- Few things anger Jerseyans more than seeing a state worker in a state car doing things that are obviously not state business and sometimes even located in the state. A new bill creates a one-year program to use g-p-s to track certain cars and make sure they're being used legitimately.

  Impersonator Arrested -A Trenton man is jailed this morning charged with impersonating a police officer before he assaulted and raped a store clerk this weekend. 54-year old Gustavo Garcia allegedly showed the woman a radio and a handgun and forced her into a bathroom where he attacked her.

    Banning the Box- Convicted criminals will soon be getting a fairer shot at employment. New Jersey is the latest state to "ban the box," meaning a job application will no longer be able to ask about prior convictions. That question must wait until after the first interview.

    Chicken Fight- A south Jersey woman is fighting to keep her chickens. Jamie Warner says she brought the chickens into her Bridgeton yard to eat ticks after her son contracted Lyme disease. But she says they are also a food source for her family. Town ordinance bans livestock but town officials are looking into the matter.


Preventing Eyesores - Communities have a new tool in keeping foreclosed homes from become eyesores.

Ancient Discovery - Quite a find for a Virginia boy playing in the sand in Beach Haven. 10-year old Noah Cordle found a 10,000-year-old arrowhead possibly used for spearfishing or hunting Mastadon by ancient native Americans. The family says they will donate it to a museum.

Judge Shortage - It continues to be a problem in counties across the Garden State: a shortage of judges is causing a backlog in the courts but one lawmaker has come up with a temporary fix.

Dealing with Hostages - The release of an American journalist in Syria is renewing questions about the intentions of different militant groups in Syria and Iraq and how the U.S. should deal with hostage takers. Journalist Peter Theo Curtis was freed Sunday, days after another U.S. journalist kidnapped in Syria was beheaded by the group Islamic State. Secretary of State John Kerry says Curtis was held by an al-Qaeda-linked militant group.

Reforming the "Death Tax" - New Jersey may soon get rid of the so-called death tax. Lawmakers are considering a repeal of the inheritance tax and raising the threshold for paying inheritance taxes. New Jersey is one of only two states that taxes both.

Social Security Tracker - If you've read the stories about the dicey future for social security and you are wondering where you stand, you can find answers fast.





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