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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 15, 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’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:

COMPOUND MEDICATION SCHEME

CAMDEN _ Seven more people including a police officer and three firefighters have been charged in a widespread prescription drug scheme involving state benefits. The U.S. attorney’s office announced the indictment Friday in Camden. The defendants allegedly used a network of recruiters, doctors and state and local employees to get reimbursed for phony prescriptions and expensive and medically unnecessary compounded medications. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3:30 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING-TRENTON _ Authorities say a man who reportedly was threatening to harm himself was shot and killed by police who responded to a home in New Jersey’s capital city.

_ WOMAN DEAD-ESTRANGED HUSBAND CHARGED _ A man convicted of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in front of their young son has been sentenced to life in prison.

_ COUPLE KILLED-ROBBERY _ A man accused of killing a couple during a robbery in their southern New Jersey home has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges.

_ FATAL TURNPIKE EXTENSION CRASH _ A driver accused of causing a multivehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike Hudson County Extension that left a teacher and his 6-year-old daughter dead has been convicted on aggravated manslaughter.

_ INNOVATION GRANTS _ The state of New Jersey has awarded five communities a $100,000 grant for innovation projects.

SPORTS:

FBN--FREE AGENCY-JETS

NEW YORK _ The Jets solved their kicking question with a familiar foot. Chandler Catanzaro was signed to a one-year deal by New York on Friday, marking the kicker’s second stint with the team after it allowed Pro Bowl selection Jason Myers to leave as a free agent. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 488 words.

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