Newark Today Presents: Mayoral Debate 2018

The May 8th general election will determine if Mayor Ras Baraka receives a second term or if Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins will become the first woman to lead New Jersey's largest city. Join us for Newark Today's Mayoral Debate 2018.

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We know New Orleans is a top destination for those seeking to understand the roots of jazz. But there’s another American city you should consider for a pilgrimage, to pay homage not only to jazz, but also the blues. That’s Clarksdale, Mississippi.


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The jazz program at William Paterson University has been helmed by Bill Charlap since 2015. There are 24 active ensembles, and Charlap, who serves as the school's Director of Jazz Studies, joined saxophonist and author Dr. David Demsey in bringing one of them to perform in our studio for Jazz Appreciation Month.

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Acclaimed vibraphonist Stefon Harris leads the Jazz Arts Department at the Manhattan School of Music. The school features an array of ensembles and combos, and Stefon brought one to perform for us live in the WBGO studio for Jazz Appreciation Month.

Group members are Savannah Harris (drums), Hwansu Kang (bass), Brandon Woody (trumpet), Abdulrahman Amer (trombone), and Matthew Malanowski (piano), who take turns composing the music they perform.

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Historic preservation advocates say a decision by New Jersey's highest court will make it difficult for churches to get the money they need to renovate their architecturally-significant structures.

The state Supreme Court has ruled that the Religious Aid Clause of New Jersey's constitution prohibits using taxpayer funds to repair and restore churches.

Courtenay Mercer, the director of Preservation New Jersey, says churches often appear on the group's annual list of the 10 most endangered historical places in the state.

As New Jersey awaits a ruling from the United States Supreme Court on whether sports betting will be allowed in the state, a bill introduced in the legislature would set some regulations for that wagering.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli says the bill has some rudimentary points on the operation and licensing of sports wagering activities and will be expanded depending on what the Supreme Court decides.

Newark Today Presents: Mayoral Debate 2018

Apr 19, 2018

The May 8th general election will determine if Mayor Ras Baraka receives a second term or if Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins will become the first woman to lead New Jersey's largest city. Join us for Newark Today's Mayoral Debate 2018. 

A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require pet groomers to be trained and licensed.

Senator Kip Bateman says his bill is a response to the death of three dogs in the past five months while in the care of groomers.

“Dogs are members of people’s families. They’re loved ones. When you drop it off at a groomer, you suspect that they’re going to be treated well. And there’s been some horrible stories in recent weeks about individuals dropping off their pets only to get a phone call saying come pick up your dog, it’s dead. I mean that’s outrageous.”

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