Regional Briefs – May 18, 2017

NJ Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since 2001

TRENTON – New confidence in the economy since President Trump was inaugurated has lowered New Jersey’s unemployment rate by a tenth of a point, falling to 4.1 percent, the lowest since 2001, The Associated Press reported.

College President Backs Changing Building’s Name

EWING, N.J. – The College of New Jersey’s president backs changing the name of Paul Loser Hall because its namesake was tied to segregation, The Associated Press reported. The ex-superintendent and megadonor testified in a 1944 lawsuit that blacks “were better off when separated from whites.”

160 Gallons of Spilled Milk Closes Roadway

BERGENFIELD, N.J. – There may have been some crying over spilled milk Wednesday as an accident left a roadway closed while it was covered in 160 gallons of milk, The Associated Press reported. Dozens of milk crates and empty jugs lay strewn about the road along with a thin white sheen. The delivery truck door accidently open in transit.

Utilities Worker Dies After Falling Onto Electrified Wire

FREEHOLD, N.J. – A JCP&L utility worker working near an electrified ground transformer Wednesday morning fell onto a live wire on the transformer and died, reported. Andrew Powers was found unconscious, regained consciousness but died at a local hospital.

Rider Records Train Going 8 Stops With Door Open

NEWARK – A NJ Transit train was videotaped by a passenger traveling through eight stops with a door open Tuesday night, WNBC reported. Jeffrey Spitery’s video showed people moving around the train while the wind from the open door whips their hair. The train was pulled out of service.