Regional Briefs – April 13, 2016

Lt. Gov. Unveils Think Tank With 2017 on Horizon

TRENTON – Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will serve as honorary chairwoman of a new think tank just as New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial race begins to take shape, The Associated Press reported. Guadagno, a likely GOP candidate, says that for now she’s focused on the state’s high property taxes and drug addiction.

Homeowner Scares Away Intruders Via Remote Control

UPPER PITTSGROVE, N.J. – A homeowner scared away two intruders Tuesday without even being there, The Associated Press reported. The burglars kicked in the side door but were noticed by the homeowner on surveillance video. He yelled at them through the intercom and the startled pair fled with jewelry.

NJ Judge: Cruz Eligible for Presidential Nomination

TRENTON – A state judge ruled Tuesday that Ted Cruz meets the constitutional requirements to be president despite his birth in Canada and may appear on the state’s ballot on June 7, The Associated Press reported. Judge Jeff Masin said that a child of a citizen-parent is “indeed a natural born Citizen.”

Voters in Syracuse Zoo Name New Penguin ‘Otto’

SYRACUSE – A male Humboldt penguin chick born in March finally has a name, The Associated Press reported. Otto, which means “wealth and fortune,” was picked during a five-day naming contest. Of 1,961 votes cast, Otto easily topped the list with 1,357 votes.

Group Nearly Finishes Replacing Trees Lost in 2006

BUFFALO – A group formed to replace trees lost in a Buffalo snowstorm 10 years ago is close to achieving its goal, The Associated Press reported. Re-Tree WNY is 2,000 trees short of the 30,000 downed in the “October Surprise.”

Near-Record Number of Bears Killed in 2015 Hunting Season

ALBANY – Hunters killed the second-largest number of bears on record during the 2015 season in New York, The Associated Press reported. The 1,715 black bears killed are 148 fewer than the 2003 record. One unit covering parts of Sullivan and Orange counties had one black bear for every 3 square miles.