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NJ utilities could be charged for slow service

It seems as though storms are getting worse every year in New Jersey and residents and business have been left without power for a week and more in recent years. A Garden State lawmaker has introduced a measure to protect businesses that are forced to shut down during power outages.

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Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont.
Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
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More Stats Than Facts in Power Plant Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.

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JCP&L truck
JCP&L truck (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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JCP&L Gets OK to Pass Sandy Costs to Ratepayers

New Jersey's second-largest utility company has been given permission to raise customers' bills to pay the costs it incurred to restore power after Superstorm Sandy and other storms.

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(Credit: Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media NJ)
Snow sits atop power lines following a recent winter storm.
(Credit: Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media NJ) Snow sits atop power lines following a recent winter storm.
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Power Companies Battle a Challenging Winter [AUDIO]

With each approaching storm, the state's utility companies take steps to make sure they're prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us.

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images
Allison Joyce, Getty Images
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Assembly Bill Would Create Post-Sandy Task Force [AUDIO]

Hoping to minimize the impact of severe weather on public utilities and shorten power outages for residents, a state legislator will introduce a bill today to create a commission tasked with finding better ways deliver energy to consumers.

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JCP&L Staging Area
JCP&L Staging Area (FirstEnergy Corp., Flickr)
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JCP&L Customers Sue for Sandy Outages [POLL/AUDIO]

A lawsuit filed in New Jersey Superior Court attacked the "actions and inactions" of Jersey Central Power & Light during the superstorm.

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Aerial photo ot damage in Brick from Sandy
Aerial photo ot damage in Brick from Sandy (Tim Larson, Governor's Office)
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Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis Calls in with Update on Housing Inspection Process [AUDIO]

After hearing a few critical callers complaining about still not having power, Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis called in to Jim's show to update everyone on the process to get those homes inspected.

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Bruce Bennett, Getty Images
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Christie: NJ Utilities Did Better Than Irene [POLL/AUDIO]

After nearly two weeks without electricity, most residents in New Jersey have power, minus those along the barrier islands.

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Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis speaks to residents in Brick
Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis speaks to residents in Brick (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Power Issue In Brick Township Heating Up [POLL/AUDIO]

While most Jersey Central Power and Light customers in Ocean and Monmouth Counties have been restored to full power, there is a section of Brick Township that remains in the dark today. It was an area that has hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images
Allison Joyce, Getty Images
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NJ Must Truly Address Long-Term Power Outage Problems [AUDIO]

There are systemic problems with the utilities operating in the Garden State that desperately need to be addressed says Tim McDonough, mayor of Hope in northwestern New Jersey.

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