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92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: September 11

The last of the Ocean and Monmouth County memorial tributes to 9/11 victims are getting under way at this hour in Brick Township and in Middletown – where 37 people never returned after the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center 16 years ago.

American flag flies over Toms River's 9/11 ceremony
American flag flies over Toms River’s 9/11 ceremony (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

Irma is downsized to a tropical storm, still packing winds up to 90 miles per hour, and bringing record floods to Jacksonville on its way north. All 42,000 residents of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina have already been evacuated.

Here at the Jersey Shore, Irma’s remnants bring midweek rain and winds. Townsquare Meteorologist Dan Zarrow describes the likely scenario on our web and Facebook pages.

Tuesday night, the three-month pilot program that lets Ocean County Medicaid cheats turn themselves in without fear of prosecution undergoes public scrutiny at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The project arose from a spate of 26 arrests in Lakewood during Summer.

The National Flood Insurance Program expires at the end of September. George Kasimos of Seaside Park, founder of Stop FEMA Now, brings experts to Washington Tuesday and Wednesday to draw recommendations for improvements in the next version. He’ll stream the conferences via Facebook Live.

Instigators of the melee at Saturday’s Brick Township-Brick Memorial football game will be disciplined, said acting Schools Superintendent Dennis Filippone. He noted today that students from both high schools are involved.

Legislation to speed cell phone tower repairs after disasters, originated after Superstorm Sandy by shore Representative Frank Pallone (D-6), gets a major boost in he Senate from Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer declared his commitment to round up votes for passage. The Securing Access to Networks in Disasters cleared the House by voice vote in January.

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