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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

February 19, 2019

Good morning! 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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TOP STORIES:

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

PISCATAWAY _ New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is set to sign into law a bill expanding the state’s paid family leave program. The Democrat says he will sign the legislation Tuesday in Piscataway. The bill doubles paid family leave from six to 12 weeks. Lawmakers estimate that the average benefit under the new law would rise to $689 a week, from $540. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER-BENEFITS DENIED

TRENTON _ New Jersey’s Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s ruling that denied benefits to an injured volunteer firefighter because she didn’t outside employment. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

ICYMI:

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California and 15 other states _ including New Jersey _ filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. SENT: 258 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ TODDLER FOUND DEAD IN YARD _ A New Jersey mother who allegedly told police she fatally struck her toddler son because he wouldn’t “eat nor listen to her” will remain jailed until her murder trial.

_ SHOOTING RANGE PROPOSAL _ A New Jersey couple is planning on giving marriage a shot after a man surprised his girlfriend by proposing at an indoor shooting range.

_ CAR CRASHES INTO HOME _ A two-vehicle accident in New Jersey’s largest city sent one car crashing into a home, but no injuries were reported.

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