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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS CUT

BUENA _ An Olympic champion wrestler has reached out to a New Jersey high school wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS PRICES _ Drivers in New Jersey and around the nation are seeing lower prices at the pump yet again ahead of one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONGWRITER

UNION _ Just a few years ago, Nija Charles was a student at Union High School, posting songs on Instagram.

Well before she turned 21 this fall, she was being flown out to recording sessions with high-profile producers and artists. Now, Charles is an in-demand songwriter making her mark on the music industry in Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, two albums Charles worked on — Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Everything is Love” and Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” — were nominated for Grammy Awards. But that’s not all. Charles’ name has been attached to major albums from a string of marquee artists. By Amy Kuperinsky, NJ.com.

SPORTS:

BKC--COLUMBIA-RUTGERS

PISCATAWAY, N.J. _ Rutgers will try to end a four-game losing streak when it plays host to Columbia at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. UPCOMING. 600, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EST.

BKIC--SETON HALL-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Maryland returns from a 10-day break to take on Seton Hall, which is coming off victories over Kentucky and Rutgers. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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