Regional Briefs – March 30, 2016

Man Who Set Brush Fires Faces Arson Charges

WINSLOW, N.J. – A man who set more than 20 brush fires over two years was charged on Tuesday with arson, The Associated Press reported. Dennis Casario, 62, was seen starting a brush fire by members of the New Jersey Forest Fire service who had been investigating a rash of deliberately set fires.

A Quarter of Newark Airport Passengers Use PreCheck

NEWARK – About a quarter of passengers at Newark Airport went through the PreCheck between Jan. 31 and Feb. 27, according to TSA data, The Associated Press reported. The airport ranks 101st in the nation for the use of the program by percentage of total passengers. Out of 1,258,022 passengers, 310,952 used PreCheck.

Proposed Flight Path Moves Jets Closer to Schools

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A new flight path to Teterboro Airport intended to reduce noise at Hackensack Medical Center could take planes over six schools and another hospital, The Record reported. The route, due to begin Monday, wasn’t requested by Hackensack.

Nuclear Plant Outage Extended to Replace Bolts

BUCHANAN, N.Y. – A planned outage at the Indian Point nuclear power plant will be extended for several weeks after officials found missing bolts, The Associated Press reported. Entergy Corp., which runs the facility north of Manhattan, said Tuesday that 2,000 bolts had already been inspected.

Cuomo Planning Trade Trips to China, Italy

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he is planning upcoming trade trips to Italy in May and China in November. Cuomo says he hopes to invite economic leaders from around the state to join him.

New Jersey Reports Lowest Jobless Rate Since 2007

NEWARK – New Jersey’s jobless rate has fallen to 4.3 percent, its lowest level since 2007 and more than half a percentage point below the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gov. Chris Christie credited the 4.3 million jobs, an all-time high, to his policies.