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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 23, 2019

Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP’s New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MARIJUANA-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON _ Lawmakers are poised to vote on legislation that would make New Jersey the 11th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize recreational marijuana. By Mike Catalini.

SATURDAY’S TOP STORIES:

DEADLY BRAWL-MAN STABBED

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — A man has been convicted of passion provocation manslaughter in the stabbing death of another man after a fight in New Jersey during celebrations over the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory in the Super Bowl last year. SENT: About 250 words.

WIFE FOUND DEAD IN POOL

WOODBURY — A New Jersey man accused of beating his wife, dumping her body in their backyard swimming pool and then driving to a local restaurant in an attempt to cover up the killing has reportedly accepted a plea deal calling for a 15-year prison term. Stands for story earlier called Wife Killed-Body Dumped. SENT: About 350 words.

VINTAGE PLANE-TIMES SQUARE

NEW YORK _ A vintage plane that went from flying passengers in the 1950s to running drugs in the 1970s has touched down in Times Square before its next transformation into a cocktail lounge at the former TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport. By Karen Matthews. SENT: About 320 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-MOSQUE SUPPORT

MIDDLETOWN _ Sometimes it was a simple smile or a nod of the head. Other times two people of different faiths would stop for a handshake, a picture and a brief chat. In any form, these kind gestures and interactions were meant to impart a sense of harmony between the Islamic community and those who had come to the Masjid Al-Aman in Middletown on Friday to show their neighbors that they were united in grief. Just one week ago, a gunman murdered 50 Muslims as they gathered for communal prayer on a Friday afternoon in Christchurch, New Zealand. The near constant police presence outside the Middletown mosque since then has been appreciated, members said, but also a harsh reminder of unfathomable violence. By Russ Zimmer, Asbury Park Press. SENT: About 690 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS PRICES _ A spring surge in gas prices has drivers digging deeper to pay at the pump in New Jersey and around the nation.

SPORTS:

HKN--COYOTES-DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. _ With eight games left in the regular season, the Arizona Coyotes are just outside a wild-card playoff spot as they visit the New Jersey Devils for a matinee at the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 700, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

BKW--NCAA-PRINCETON-KENTUCKY

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Taylor Murray scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half, and Kentucky beat Princeton 82-77 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: About 390 words.

WRE-NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

PITTSBURGH _ Five Penn State wrestlers will compete for individual NCAA championships on Saturday night knowing they already are team champions. Again. The Nittany Lions clinched their fourth straight team championship and eighth in nine seasons on Saturday, midway through the consolation semifinals of the NCAA wrestling tournament. By Travis Long. SENT: About 350 words.

BKN--NETS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ Joe Harris scored 26 points, D’Angelo Russell added 21 points and 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers from playoff contention with a 111-106 victory Friday night.

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