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Central Jersey gas prices continue to plummet
    Central Jersey gas prices continue to fall, with regular at its lowest mark since early October, 2009.  It's also down a dollar since the end of July.  Here are the Central Jersey averages, followed by the AAA national average for the week ending December 19th:      Regular - Central Jersey: $2.31, down 10-cents; National:  $2.48, down 14-cents.       Mid-grade - Central Jersey:  $2.61, down 9-cents; National:  $2.70, down 14-cents.       Premium - Central Jersey:  $2.79, down 9-cents; National:  $2.89, down 14-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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New Brunswick man charged with murder in May shooting
Authorities say a 23-year-old New Brunswick man has been charged with murder after he opened fire on a group of men and killed an unintended target back in May.  Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey says Rolando Martinez Sanchez has  been charged with murder, and weapons offenses in the death of 28-year-old Gregorio Hernandez.  He's being held on $1 million bail and remained in custody after being arrested in an unrelated case.  Prosecutors say Sanchez fired on three men sitting on a porch of a home.  One of the men was treated and released from the hospital and the other declined treatment for a wound to his finger.
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PATH stations reopen tomorrow after Sandy cleanup and upgrades
PATH's Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations reopen this weekend after nearly a year without weekend service because of Superstorm Sandy repairs and signal upgrades.  The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says approximately 280,000 square feet of metal tunnel surfaces and equipment were cleaned of salt residue left by Sandy and corroded metal was replaced.  The agency says it made significant progress installing new computerized signals.  The Positive Train Control system helps reduce human or mechanical errors and provides added safety. Additional weekend outages are planned in the second half of 2015 on the Journal Square-33rd Street via Hoboken line, along with completion of remaining work on the Newark-to-World Trade Center line.
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Three Central Jersey hospitals among 11 approved for angioplasty
A state health board has voted to allow 11 hospitals -- including three in Central Jersey -- to perform angioplasties without having a license to perform heart surgery.  The state Health Care Administration Board voted Thursday to allow the hospitals -- which include Raritan Bay Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson-Somerset -- to offer the elective artery-clearing procedure.  The 18 hospitals in the state with licenses to perform cardiac surgery criticized the policy and say it jeopardizes their fiscal health.  David Knowlton, president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, says that the risk of an emergency during angioplasty is small, but does exist.
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