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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

May 16, 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:

OYSTERS-POLLUTED WATERS

TRENTON _ The fear of poachers stealing oysters from polluted waters and making consumers sick has long thwarted efforts to grow the shellfish in dirty water in New Jersey, despite the potential to help improve water quality. But a proposed remedy could actually make matters worse by removing state oversight, possible causing the very illnesses state regulators have long feared. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

NEWARK _ The U.S. solicitor general’s office has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear the appeal of two convicted defendants in the “Bridgegate” case, nudging the four-year legal saga of New Jersey’s most famous traffic jam toward a conclusion. By David Porter. SENT: 493 words, photos.

TRUMP-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES

NEW YORK _ President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his hotels, golf resorts and other parts of his business empire. The report, which is filed with the Office of Government Ethics and set for release Thursday, will be closely studied for changes in revenue at key properties in 2018, including his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, his Washington, D.C., hotel and his Doral golf resort in Miami. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 439 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ BUS CONFRONTATION-BIAS CHARGES _ A man caught on video calling another man a terrorist and waving a box cutter at him aboard a bus in New Jersey has been charged with bias intimidation.

_ ODD--SOCCER FIELD-BIRD EGGS _ A little birdie has displaced soccer players in New Jersey.

_ RUTGERS STAFFER-THEFT _ A former staffer who stole more than $87,000 from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has been sentenced to five years in prison.

_ CRASH-OFFICER KILLED _ A man who allegedly was driving drunk when he caused a crash that killed his police officer friend has been indicted on manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges.

_ LAS CRUCES-BISHOP _ Pope Francis has appointed a Malta-born priest who once served in New Jersey as the new head of the Diocese of Las Cruces in New Mexico.

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