Watermelon mess, hearing out the governor and more: First News with Podcast
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Cease Fire Broken – Just hours after a three day cease-fire was supposed to go into effect, Israeli tank fire has killed several Palestinians. An Israeli spokesman says they are looking into it
- 4 Palestinians killed after Gaza truce begins / NJ1015.com (Associated Press)
- Despite truce, fighting in Gaza continues / Jerusalem Post
Watermelon Mess – What a mess on Route 1 last night. In North Brunswick, a truck flipped over, dumping hundreds of watermelons. No one was hurt, and they aren’t sure how it happened. You might still see some rinds on the side of the road today, but traffic is moving.
- Truck spills watermelon load onto Route 1 / NJ1015.com
- Truck full of watermelons flips on Route 1 in North Brunswick / NJ.com
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Quiet July – Temperatures were cooler last month than in recent summers and we had several severe, drenching thunderstorms. But, statistically speaking, July was a ho-hum weather month.
- July weather normal despite storms / NJ1015.com
Stormy Weather – Tropical Storm Bertha is spinning in the Atlantic Ocean, the second named storm of the season. But, Bertha is not very big nor very strong. Trackers don’t expect much change in the next few days. The storm is expected to pass Barbados this afternoon.
- Tropical Storm Bertha approaching the Caribbean / USA Today
Gasday – What is the best day of the week to buy gas, price-wise? The answer may surprise you.
- Gas prices best on Thursdays in NJ / NJ1015.com
Mom in trouble – A Central Jersey mom is charged with selling heroin out of her home with her one year old son by her side. Danielle Zitowsky, 23, faces drug charges, as well as endangerment. The boy is with relatives, while the mom is in jail.
Trying to Explain – Ray Rice says he has never been involved in any domestic violence incidents before he knocked his then-fiance unconscious at the Revel in Atlantic City. Domestic violence support groups are furious he only got a two-game suspension from the NFL. The former Rutgers star and Baltimore Ravens running back says there is more to the story, but did not go into detail when he spoke to the media Thursday.
- Ravens’ Rice: His actions ‘totally inexcusable’ / NJ1015.com (AP)
- Ray Rice’s apology allows the healing process to begin / Baltimore Sun
Making the Case for Bail Reform – Political posturing and statement-making at the state house Thursday over an issue that on the surface seems like a no-brainer: reforming New Jersey’s bail system. But, there is a much deeper meaning here, and it’s an issue that has far-reaching political ramifications to both Democrats and a governor considering a presidential run. Gov. Chris Christie ordered the legislature into session; they came and heard the governor’s speech, then abruptly left the building.
- Christie’s political play on bail reform / NJ1015.com
- Christie makes his pitch on bail reform / PolitickerNJ
Back in the Granite State – Against attacks from Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie is defending his economic record as he visits New Hampshire for the second time in a month. Christie told a crowd he inherited a horrible state economy and is trying to fix problems worse than New Hampshire’s. New Hampshire holds the first presidential primary, and Christie continues to consider a run.
- Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH / NJ1015.com (AP)
- Christie supports Havenstein’s gubernatorial bid at BAE / NH Union Leader
Conversion Ban Upheld – A federal judge has dismissed another lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy. A New Jersey couple said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year old son’s “gayness.” Gov. Chris Christie signed the ban into law, saying potential health risks outweighed parental choice.
- Second Challenge to Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Dismissed / New Jersey Law Journal
Do AC – More than 60,000 packed the beaches in Atlantic City for last night’s free Blake Shelton concert. That eclipses the 50,000 who turned out for Jimmy Buffet last year. On Sunday, Lady Antebellum will play another free concert.
- Atlantic City hosts free Blake Shelton concert / NJ1015.com
- Your Complete Guide to Seeing Lady Antebellum on the Beach in Atlantic City / Cat Country 107.3
Honoring a Hero – Route 17 in Waldwick would be known as the Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway. Three state legislators have introduced a bill to rename the highway after the former United States Marine and Waldwick police officer, who was killed when his police cruiser was hit from behind by a truck.
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