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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

May 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:

MARIJUANA-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON _ A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when the state Senate president said he would instead look to voters next year and will pursue separate bills to expand medical cannabis and wipe clean some criminal records. The Democrat vowed that adult-use marijuana — supported by fellow Democrats Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin — would become legal, just not now. SENT: 531 words.

SHELLFISH FLAP

BARNEGAT LIGHT _ A grower of clams and oysters is shell-shocked after he says New Jersey environmental authorities gave him a permit for a pick-your-own shellfish program, only to reverse course just as the business was to begin. Matthew Gregg got a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection in December after laying out plans to allow members of the public to buy licenses, rent boats and dig shellfish from a plot he leases in Barnegat Bay, just off Barnegat Light. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 658 words, photos.

CONGRESS-FEMALE VETERANS

WASHINGTON _ Congresswomen who have served in the military are setting up a new caucus to support the nation’s growing ranks of female service members, and they’re looking for clout, too, in American politics. The caucus, bipartisan and including men, would be a first. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 517 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ REAL HOUSEWIVES-HOME INVASION _ A judge has denied bail to the man charged in the home invasion of a former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member.

_ CRASH-ELEDERLY COUPLE KILLED _ A driver who ran a red light and killed an elderly couple on their way home from a dinner date in southern New Jersey has pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide.

_ STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS _ A New Jersey woman who kept collecting her father’s social security, disability and pension benefits for more than 12 years after his death has been spared a prison term.

_ ATLANTIC CITY-LUXURY HOUSING _ Two hundred luxury condo units would be built as of a major project planned for Atlantic City’s Marina District.

_ DOGFISH HARVEST _ Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing.

SPORTS:

FBN--JETS-MACCAGNAN FIRED

NEW YORK _ Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets’ coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team’s draft. Now, stunningly, he’s out as New York’s general manager. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 461 words.

HKN--LONG CUP RUNS

Paying the bills, going out to dinner and cutting the grass can fall by the wayside for NHL players on long playoff runs. With so much focus on hockey, everything on the outside is forgotten about this time of year. Mike Rupp won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003. He says he ended up with a bunch of late payments from unpaid bills after the playoffs. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 857words, photos.

BOX--OBIT-LEDERMAN

_ Harold Lederman, who judged fights for more than a half century and was a mainstay of HBO’s boxing telecasts, has died at the age of 79.

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