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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

June 9, 2018

Good afternoon! 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_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

EXXON SETTLEMENT

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy wants to use the lion’s share of a $225 million settlement brokered by his predecessor, Chris Christie, to plug a budget hole. That’s at odds with a constitutional amendment voters approved last year that says the funds should be used mostly for cleanup. The settlement is in the news again after the state Supreme Court rejected a former state lawmaker’s and environmental groups’ effort to overturn the settlement. By Michael Catalini. SENT: About 630 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SUPERFUND SITE-CLASSROOM

TOMS RIVER — Can Toms River’s most notorious Superfund site become an open-air classroom to teach students about the environment? That’s the hope of the former Ciba-Geigy property’s current owners, BASF, who believe the 1,350-acre property is the perfect place for students to learn about the site’s decades-long industrial history, as well as the dozens of wildlife species that today call the property home. “We’ve come a long way,” said Stephen K. Havlik, senior remediation manager at chemical giant BASF, which purchased the property off Route 37 from Ciba Specialty Chemicals in 2009. “We’re looking to find opportunities to partner with school groups as well as other environmental groups.” By Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press. SENT: About 1510 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MISSING CANOEIST FOUND — Officials in Pennsylvania say the body of a New Jersey man who disappeared last month while canoeing on the Delaware River has been found.

GAS PRICES — Drivers are seeing prices dip at the pump in New Jersey due to an unexpected increase in crude oil supplies and an increase in East Coast gasoline stocks.

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