TRENTON, NJ—The multi-state PARCC (Partnership for Asessment of Readiness for College and Careers) consortium that oversees that administration of its online standardized testing across the United States announced that it would be rolling back the number of tests administered during the academic year from two to one. 

The decision comes amid the second roll-out of the controversial test in New Jersey's public schools, as well as a slew of bills and resolutions in the NJ Legislature meant to curb the reach of PARCC testing in the state. 

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Trumpeter Lee Hogans’ latest album, What We Play is Life, is an impressive showcase of his fluency in the languages of jazz, funk, and soul. As Lee is a current member of legendary bassist Marcus Miller’s band and a former member of the bands of Maceo Parker, Prince, and Jay-Z, this comes as no surprise. 

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TRENTON, NJ—State regulators approved measures on May 19 that allow Verizon to go forward with plans to raise its rates for traditional landline telephone service by over 36% over the next 5 years.

The agency, known as the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), also voted to phase out government oversight on landline telephone services across New Jersey in 2020.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For several hours over the weekend of May 16-17, half of the city's Water Treatment Plant was taken offline due to a problem with the feeding of aluminum sulfate, an important chemical in the treatment process.

City officials say they believe that issues with the water treatment process began around noon on Saturday, May 16 and were not discovered for about three hours.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Earlier this year, the City of New Brunswick came out on the losing end of a high-profile court challenge, and agreed to repeal two antiquated laws against the solicitation of or begging for food or money earlier this year.

The city admitted there were "legitimate concerns regarding the constitutionality of the Ordinances" and agreed to "amend or repeal" them swiftly following the suit brought by the New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness and a local resident.

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NEWARK, NJ—Rutgers still has not confirmed whether or not a police officer criminally charged with stealing $30,000 from her union is on the official University payroll, but a source says she was suspended without pay in March.

Grace Stewart was the treasurer of the Rutgers Fraternal Order of Police Local #62, and is charged with one count of third-degree theft for stealing $30,000 over a three-month period.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police say a man with a gun took a woman's purse on Easton Avenue at approximately 10:53pm on May 18 and hopped into the passenger seat of a vehicle headed towards downtown.

The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating the armed robbery, which occurred near the intersection with Prosper Street, according to a Rutgers University crime alert.

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