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New Jersey Lawmakers Call for More Local Traffic Funding

by Associated Press
New Jersey Turnpike.

Boston Public Library, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers are calling for local governments to get a bigger share of funding from the state to address transportation issues in cities and counties.

Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski says county and local roads account for 50 to 60 percent of vehicle traffic in the state, but municipalities get only 15 percent of the state's $1.6 billion transportation trust fund.

Morning Brief: November 19

by Jeff Coltin
Mets field

Peter Bond, flickr

The Mets are going to some serious lengths to create some offense—or maybe, more modest lengths? In any case, right field fence is being moved in anywhere from 3 to 11 feet for next season. And General Manager Sandy Alderson thinks it’ll help the hitters psychologically as they swing for the fences. The Post reports that the new dimensions would mean 17 more Mets home runs last year, based on where balls landed.

Judge Scolds NYC Tower Jumpers, Won't Toss Case

by Associated Press, Jennifer Peltz
1 WTC

Anthony Quintano, flickr

Three extreme-skydiving enthusiasts showed "inexcusable self-indulgence" by parachuting off the 1 World Trade Center tower, a judge said Tuesday in declining to toss out the felony case against them.
 
The decision puts James Brady, Marko Markovich, Andrew Rossig and their alleged lookout, Kyle Hartwell, on track for a January trial over the September 2013 stunt, which raised questions about security at one of the most protected sites in the country.

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