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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

May 20, 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 _ New Jersey lawmakers are considering measures to expand medical marijuana and make expunging criminal records linked to drug convictions easier. By Mike Catalini. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

CAT CARCASSES-APPEAL

NEWARK _ A woman whose home was populated by starving cats who had eaten some of their own to survive will have to go back to court to see if she can avoid a trial and possible jail time. A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Monday that a judge erred when he allowed Jill Petruska to enter a pretrial intervention program that would have allowed her to eventually clear her record. By David Porter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP POLICING-POLLUTERS

BOKOSHE, Okla. _ With federal environmental enforcement declining, President Donald Trump’s EPA is leaving states to handle more of the decisions on handling pollution and potential health threats. Critics contend federal regulators are making a dangerous retreat on enforcement that puts people and the environment at greater risk. EPA says environmental enforcers remain on the job despite the plunging enforcement numbers. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,339 words, photos.

MUSIC-STEVEN VAN ZANDT

NEW YORK _ There’s plenty of rock on Steven Van Zandt’s first album of original material in 20 years. There’s also soul and funk and some mean horn solos. What there isn’t plenty of is politics. The bandana-wearing guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, who in the past has never been shy about calling out politicians, has put aside partisanship in these divisive times. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,015 words, photos and video.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ URINATING ON MEMORIAL _ A video showing a man urinating on a park memorial marker that honors a 9-year-old boy who died of brain cancer has led to charges against him and another man accused of making the recording.

_ OFFICERS DRAGGED _ A New Jersey man is accused of dragging two police officers with his car.

_ AMERICAN DREAM-MEADOWLANDS-MALL _ Officials have once again pushed back the opening date for a massive retail and entertainment center in the Meadowlands.

_ DOUBLE SHOOTING-CAMDEN _ A shooting in southern New Jersey has left one man dead and another wounded.

_ SUPREME COURT-FOSAMAX _ The US Supreme Court said Monday that a judge must decide whether a dispute between New Jersey-based drugmaker Merck and patients who alleged they were injured by its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax can go forward.

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