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NATION – The votes are in! TSA’s “cutest K9” is PHX’s Alfie. Muk, Figor, and Donna Demand Recount.

US STRONG news – US TSA reports PHOENIX –The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that Alfie, a four-year-old yellow lab and explosive detection K9 who works at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), was voted the winner of TSA’s “cutest K9” contest. Last Friday, TSA held a 24-hour nationwide contest on Instagram and encouraged the public to vote for the agency’s “cutest K9.” More than 100,000 votes were received and Alfie received the most votes. The contest was held in recognition of National Dog Day, August 26. Alfie was one of four TSA K9 candidates that also included “Muk” from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport; “Figor” from Chicago Midway International Airport; and “Donna” from St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The K9s…
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TSA Launches ‘Cutest K9’ Contest

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration wants the public’s help to determine its cutest K9 in honor of National Dog Day, Monday, Aug. 26. The TSA Cutest K9 contest features four “top dog” finalists. Voting opened for the general public at 12:01 Friday morning on the TSA Instagram account and closes at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday, Aug. 26 – National Dog Day. TSA’s cutest K9 candidates are (from left to right): “Muk” from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS); “Figor” from Chicago Midway International Airport (ORD) “Alfie” from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); and “Donna” from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). The K9s were nominated by TSA handlers from airports around the country. The teams are most often seen at…
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NJ LEAD Toxic Poison Control Center Statewide Disaster Hotline For Health Effects of Lead Exposure

Young children and pregnant women are most at risk for lead exposure. NEW JERSEY STRONG news Trenton, NJ: Office of the Gov reports TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and the NJ Poison Center today announced the establishment of a 24/7 Health Hotline for residents with questions and concerns about the health effects of lead exposure. The phone number for the Health Hotline is 1-866-448-2432. The hotline can provide callers with information on what to do if their home has a lead service line, where to get water filters, how to participate in the city’s service line replacement program, as well as the phone number and locations where the City of Newark is distributing free cases of bottled water. Calls to the…
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New Jersey Strong Water Disasters – Legislature Needs to Hold Water Purveyor Accountable to Fix Our Water Problems

PFAS = PFOA + PFOS + PFNA + PFHxS + PFHpA New Jersey Strong news - Sierra Club NJ Taylor McFarland reports - Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Chair of Senate Environment and Energy Committee Senator Bob Smith and Chair of Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee Senator Troy Singleton held a press conference today on the impact of the Water Quality Accountability Act, the landmark 2017 law intended to help ensure the safety and reliability of the state’s drinking water systems. “It is important for the legislature to have hearings on making sure our water companies are cities are held accountable when it comes to the water we drink. There are too many problems in New Jersey from one…
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Algae in NJ Lakes Kills Dogs

NEW JERSEY STRONG news Water Disasters - Trenton, NJ: Sierra Club NJ Taylor McFarland reports - In North Carolina, 3 dogs have died due to the same bacteria that has shut down swimming at several New Jersey lakes this summer. A NC resident brought her dogs to the lake to swim, shortly after they started to seize and died three hours later. The lake had blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. “There are consequences from having blue- green algae in our lakes here and in North Carolina. Unfortunately, in North Carolina, three dogs died after being exposed to water with cyanobacteria in it. This should be a warning to the state of New Jersey that what happened there could happen…
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Industrial Water Disasters – NJ Sues Polluters Over PFOA Foam- Used in Firefighting

NJ Sierra Club reports - Trenton, NJ: Today, Attorney General Grewal, DEP Commissioner McCabe, and Acting Division of Consumer Affairs Director Paul Rodríguez announced a suit against 3M, DuPont, and others for manufacturing or selling toxic chemicals in firefighting foam product. These companies have been selling these products for decades despite knowing the dangers they pose to public ;Many sites in New Jersey such as the Naval Air Station at Willow Grove and the NJ Joint Base McGuire- Dix Lakehurst used firefighting foams and have prevalent contamination of PFAS. “For too long, companies like DuPont and 3M knew they were selling toxic products to people. They lied about the use of firefighting foam and knew it was harmful but went along with it ; This is just shameful.…
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New Jersey Strong Water Disasters – City-issued water filters fail to remove lead. Bottled water with unknown PFAS levels handed out

StateHouse .news NJ reports – Trenton, NJ: Office of the Gov reports – Access to safe drinking water is critically important to our administrations and we take health risks associated with lead in drinking water very seriously. Recent testing by the City of Newark of water samples taken from three Newark homes, using City-issued water filters, found elevated lead levels in filtered water in two of the homes. In coordination with the City of Newark, Mayor Baraka and I are prepared to do everything the City needs, including making bottled water available to local residents. The City of Newark is currently expanding testing of filtered drinking water to more Newark homes and, in coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection,…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS – US Environmental Protection Agency tells Newark to Drink Bottled Water

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - USDEP NY reports - Official Letter from US DEP to New Jersey: August 9, 2019 Hon. Catherine McCabe Commissioner New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 401 East State Street Box 402 Trenton, NJ 08625-0402 and Hon. Ras Baraka Mayor City of Newark, New Jersey 920 Broad Street #200 Newark, NJ 07102 Dear Commissioner McCabe and Mayor Baraka: I am writing to follow up on our phone conversation on the evening of Friday, August 9, 2019. I very much appreciate the collaborative spirit in which we have all been able to work together over the past eight months to address concerns about elevated levels of lead in portions of Newark's drinking water system. During our telephone…
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MANASQUAN RESERVOIR TOXIC ALGAL BLOOM WATER CONTAMINATION

MANASQUAN RESERVOIR ADVISORY:  A confirmed Harmful Algal Bloom is present with levels quantified at or above the NJ Health Advisory Guidance.  Do not drink or have contact with the water including, but not limited to, swimming, wading, and watersports.  Fish caught in this water body should not be eaten.  Pets and livestock should not contact or drink the water. 
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NATION – Industrial Water Disaster – Mass Bottled Water Pulled from VT Shelves for Exceeding Safe PFAS Toxic Levels

Haverhill, Massachusetts Spring Hill Dairy provides bottled water under store-brand labels at Shaw’s, Cumberland Farms, CVS (Ice Canyon), Best Yet, 365, IGA, HyTop and Food Club. VT STRONG news – VT Digger Elizabeth Gribkoff reports – State officials announced Thursday that multiple brands of generic bottled water sold in-state have PFAS levels more than five times above Vermont’s new standard. Share More: 
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WATER DISASTERS – UPDATE – WATER FILTERS FAIL TO REMOVE LEAD, H2O STILL TESTING POSITIVE. Mayor recommends running water for 5 minutes before using filter

NEWARK CITY CONTINUES VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN TO DISTRIBUTE WATER FILTER REPLACEMENT CARTRIDGES TO RESIDENTS NEW JERSEY STRONG news - City of Newark reports - The City of Newark announced today that the Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities is continuing vigorous efforts to distribute replacement filter cartridges to residents throughout the city. Having successfully distributed over 35,000 lead-safe water filters and cartridges to residents free-of-charge, the City is now diligently working to distribute replacement filter cartridges to impacted families. “The City of Newark has been working around the clock to reach residents and ensure that everyone who needs a replacement filter cartridge gets one,” said Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “Our water filter deployment program is helping minimize risk as we…
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Attorney General Grewal Announces Results of Two Collaborative Operations Aimed at Priority Missions of Reducing Gun Violence & Fighting Opioid Epidemic

18 Gun & Drug Traffickers Arrested & 22 Guns Seized in Trenton in “Operation West End”10 Arrested & Two Opioid Mills Dismantled in Paterson in “Operation 4K Boyz” NJ Office of the Attorney General reports - EWING – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced the results of two collaborative law enforcement operations in Trenton and Paterson aimed at advancing the dual priority missions of reducing gun violence and combatting the deadly opioid epidemic gripping New Jersey and the nation. Brands stamped on wax folds of heroin seized in the two operations are the same brands that have been linked to 57 overdoses, including 26 fatal overdoses and 31 nonfatal overdoses. Attorney General Grewal made the announcement at the State…
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AG Grewal Issues Directive Promoting Emotional and Mental Well-Being of New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers

“Officer Resiliency Directive” Creates First-in-the-Nation Statewide Resiliency Program and Establishes First Statewide Chief Resiliency Officer". NEW JERSEY STRONG news - Newark, NJ: Office of the Attorney General reports – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today took steps to protect the physical and emotional well-being of New Jersey law enforcement officers by ensuring that they are provided with the tools they need to cope with the unique stressors of their jobs. Addressing a rise in reported police suicides nationwide, Attorney General Grewal issued a law enforcement directive – known as the “Officer Resiliency Directive” – implementing the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement (“NJRP-LE’), a first-in-the-nation statewide program to train officers in resiliency and to become better equipped to handle…
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NJ Governor Murphy on Recent Domestic Terrorist Attacks

New Jersey Strong news - Office of the Gov reports - Trenton, NJ: "Within a mere 12-hour span, and 1,500 miles apart, we saw the horrible impacts of powerful weapons too easily ending up in the wrong hands. The domestic terrorist attacks in El Paso and Dayton, and last week's attack in Gilroy, California, ought to be the wake-up calls to pull our national leaders out of the gun lobby's trance. Sadly, however, all we hear is the cliched refrains of 'thoughts and prayers.' It is past time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put commonsense House-passed gun safety legislation up for a vote in the United States Senate. Over the past 18 months, we have taken tremendous strides…
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Marine One Rotor Wash

President Trump in New Jersey A Marine holds on to his cap and braces against the rotor wash of the approach of Marine One carrying President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, as it arrives to the Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, , Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, for their return aboard Air Force One to Washington, (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump conclude trip to Bedminster NJ

President Trump Returns from New Jersey - President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House after disembarking Marine One Sunday, August 4, 2019, concluding their trip to Bedminster, (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
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