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People cool off as they relax in a fountain in Bryant Park on May 30, 2013 in New York. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tri-State Area In The Grip Of More Hot And Humid Weather

The heat is expected to continue through Sunday. There’s a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms on Sunday night or Monday.

05/31/2013

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Health Officials: Sandy Rebuilding Poses Mosquito Risk In NJ

The state Department of Health said the storm has left behind wet debris piles and depressions from fallen trees. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water.

05/07/2013

New Jersey Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

N.J. Budget To Award Hospitals $675 Million For Charity Care

The state budget recently proposed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would divide $675 million in charity care funds between New Jersey hospitals – roughly the same amount that was allocated during the current fiscal year.

03/02/2013

Home damaged by Sandy in Toms River, NJ Nov. 1, 2012 (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

New Jersey Offering Free Mental Health Counseling To Those Coping With Sandy

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced state and federal emotional stress hotlines have been made available to New Jersey residents and relief workers.

11/04/2012

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Garden State’s First Medical Marijuana License Given To Montclair Dispensary

Officials said Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Montclair has submitted all the necessary paperwork and cleared all the hurdles to open.

10/15/2012

Retracting syringes (file/photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Health Officials: 1st Fungal Meningitis Case Reported In NJ

State health officials say a 70-year-old Cumberland County man is hospitalized with what is believed to be the illness. He received an injection of a steroid from one of the lots recalled by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts and tied to a meningitis outbreak.

10/09/2012

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NJ Health Officials ID Facilities In Meningitis Scare

Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said no cases have been uncovered in New Jersey, but in a statement said “This is an ongoing investigation and the full scope of the affected patients and facilities is not yet known.”

10/05/2012

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NJ Patients Can Register For Medical Marijuana Starting Thursday

The announcement comes as the state’s first legal dispensary, Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, N.J., grows its first crop of legal pot for patients.

08/08/2012