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The slide in Central Jersey gas prices continues
    The price of regular unleaded in Central Jersey is down almost 30-cents in the last three weeks, and at its lowest point since our December 2, 2010 survey.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending October 24th:       Regular - Central Jersey: $2.76, down 9-cents; National:  $3.08, down 10-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $3.03, down 15-cents; National:  $3.29, down 10-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $3.20, down 13-cents; National:  $3.47, down 9-cents.       Local averages are calculated using the prices at ten gas stations in Edison, Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and South Brunswick.  The national average is calculated by using the AAA's fuel gauge report, which can be found here.
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NJ Transit to conduct weekend drill around South Amboy train station
The New Jersey Transit Police Department's Office of Emergency Management will work with federal, state and local authorities in South Amboy this weekend to conduct a training exercise at the city's train station.  It's scheduled to take place around eight Saturday morning near the station, and will last about four hours.  The goal is to test responses from multiple agencies to a simulated transportation incident.  The exercise will not affect service on the North Jersey Coast Line, which will run on a normal weekend schedule tomorrow, although commuters may notice an increased presence of police and emergency personnel along South Broadway and near the South Amboy train station.
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Wisniewksi proposes changes at Port Authority
Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski of Sayreville is introducing legislation to reform the Port Authority.  His proposal - unveiled Thursday - would cut the number of high-level appointments made by the two states' governors from six to three.  Two appointments would be made by the states' legislatures, and the remainder by a newly created citizens' advisory council.  Among other features, the bill would allow Port Authority board members to select their chairman and vice chairman. Currently those are selected by the two governors.  Wisniewski co-chairs the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the Bridgegate scandal, in the wake of which, several Port Authority executives resigned.
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Sayreville school officials cleared to talk to coaches about hazing scandal
School officials in Sayreville have received clearance to conduct their own invetsigation into the fotoball hazing scandal there.  That came Wednesday from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey, who initially had told school officials not to talk to the coaches while the criminal investigation was being carried out.  Carey says the investigation continues, but that his office has consented to "the school board's commencement of administrative interviews and hearings."  Earlier this week, head football coach George Najjar and his assistants were suspended as teachers in the district and their coaching stipends reduced in the wake of the scandal, in which seven members of the varsity football team have been charged with hazing and four incidents of sexual assault for alleged incidents that took place over a ten-day period last month in the football lockerroom.  The season was subsequently cancelled.
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