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Federal appeals court rules against latest N.J. sports betting effort

Judges at the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in a 2-to-1 vote Tuesday against the legalization of sports betting in New Jersey, squashing the state's latest of several attempts at doing so and sending proponents back to the drawing board.

In oral arguments heard back in March, New Jersey made the case that, under a 2014 state law repealing all state prohibitions against sports betting, allowing wagering to begin on games would be in compliance with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 23-year-old federal law that limits sports betting to just four states, because it would not be regulating sports wagering, but rather just repealing the laws preventing casinos and racetracks from taking bets.

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State, environmentalists clash over $225M Exxon settlement

TRENTON — After originally seeking $8.9 billion, New Jersey’s $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites is a reasonable compromise considering the substantial legal risks the state faced, a Superior Court judge in Burlington County ruled Tuesday in approving a deal that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration called historic and opponents called a sell-out.

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Insurer, N.J. medical associations seek solution to surprise out-of-network medical bills

The state’s largest health insurance company and organizations representing doctors and hospitals have held private discussions over the summer about legislation to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. They haven’t hammered out a compromise yet over the toughest issue — how to determine how much to pay a provider who isn’t part of an insurance network — but one participant expressed optimism

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Residents call on state to rebuild a scenic span

In April, following an inspection, Burlington County abruptly and indefinitely barred all traffic from the bridge. About 14,000 vehicles a day are being detoured onto 295.

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Residents call on state to rebuild a scenic span

The omnipresent thunder of nearby I-295 aside, the spot where the picturesque Centerton Bridge crosses the Rancocas Creek feels old-fashioned, even timeless.

But South Jersey's suburbs continue growing on both sides of the Rancocas, and time is taking a toll on the 112-year-old span connecting Mount Laurel and Willingboro.

In April, following an inspection, Burlington County abruptly and indefinitely barred all traffic from the bridge. About 14,000 vehicles a day are being detoured onto 295.

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Assaulted N.J. child welfare worker not surprised by new attacks

TRENTON — When two child welfare caseworkers were assaulted on the job in July, Leah Coleman, who survived a vicious attack by a knife-wielding client in November, said she felt disgusted.

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Backpack initiative readies Willingboro students for return to school

 An education reform group is making sure township students are ready to return to the classroom and will give 3,800 backpacks loaded with school supplies to township students.

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Contaminant found in Moorestown's water again

 A chemical contaminant that led to the shutdown of two of the municipality’s wells last fall has been detected in the water again.

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Learn About Water Safety at the Camden County Boys and Girls Club

More than 200 children, ages 6 to 9 years old, will learn the importance of water safety through swimming classes, classroom curriculum, and various hands-on activities, during the ZAC Camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.

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Upbeat spirit, friendly atmosphere at Willingboro Jazz Festival

The 32nd annual Willingboro Jazz Festival came to Mill Creek Park on Sunday, bringing an upbeat spirit that even the midday heat could not suppress. Families and friends unfolded chairs and gathered under trees, tents and umbrellas for shade while waiting for the start of the festival’s performances.

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