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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

January 12, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATES

SEATTLE — Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals. By Sally Ho and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: About 960 words.

MALL SHOOTING

JERSEY CITY _ Officials announced a delayed opening for a New Jersey mall a day after a shooting at the food court that authorities said may have been gang-related wounded two people.

EXCHANGE;

EXCHANGE-RABBI-ORGAN DONOR

TEANECK _ Less than a month ago, Adam Levitz was a dead man walking. “I was very sick. My liver was black, hard and shrunken,” said the father of three from Long Island, who went into liver failure as a result of Crohn’s disease and primary sclerosing cholangitis, a bile-duct disease. But his chronic pain is now gone and his life has been transformed thanks to an organ donor who until two weeks ago was a complete stranger to him: Rabbi Ephraim Simon of Teaneck. “It’s a modern-day miracle,” an exuberant Levitz said this week. By Deena Yellin, North Jersey Record. SENT: About 1250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS PRICES _ Drivers are still seeing lower prices at the pump in New Jersey and around the nation.

SPORTS:

BKC--RUTGERS-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota tries to bounce back from a loss at home to Maryland earlier in the week, staying at Williams Arena to host Rutgers, which upset Ohio State in its last game. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m. EST.

HKN--FLYERS-DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. _ The Philadelphia Flyers come to the Prudential Center to play the New Jersey Devils in a game between two Eastern Conference teams facing uphill battles to get back into playoff contention in the second half of the season. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 650, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

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