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Could the state dump the high school exit exam?  It’s required for graduation.  Some lawmakers apparently think the exam is worthless.  Yesterday, a New Jersey Assembly committee approved a measure to eliminate the high school proficiency exam as a requirement for graduation.  But supporters of the exam say New Jersey is consistently ranked one of the top states for education because of the high standards it sets for graduation.  Currently, there are eight states — including New Jersey — that require the exam for graduation.

A couple of dolphins died in Sandy Hook Bay the other day.  Over by the Naval Weapons Station Earle.  The Marine Mammal Stranding Center went to investigate, it was an adult dolphin and a juvenile.  They’re doing a necropsy to try to find the cause of death.  But with the recent whale deaths, anything washing up anywhere get’s people’s eyebrows raised.

Cinderella came out swinging to open March Madness yesterday as the 15th-seeded Princeton Tigers shocked the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats 59-55 in the first round.  Princeton will now take on number-seven Missouri in the second round.

Doing some wagering in February?  You weren’t alone.  New Jersey’s casinos, racetracks and their online partners saw gambling revenue increase by over 10-percent in February.  The Super Bowl last month helped boost wagering figures, as more than eight-hundred-and-forty-seven-million dollars was plunked down on sports bets. Total gaming revenue was up 10% from February 2022.  412 million dollars was lost in all forms of legal gambling in February.

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Carl Craft is studying here on earth for a short time with varying amounts of success. He's heard every morning on The Morning Rat Race. Sometimes he goes, "sock / shoe, sock / shoe" which we think is a sign of some kind of psychosis...