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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Coverage Advisory, NJ

January 31, 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_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

MINIMUM WAGE

TRENTON _ New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on legislation phasing in over five years an hourly minimum wage of $15. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on the proposal, which already has Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s blessing, on Thursday. Murphy and lawmakers announced a deal earlier this month on the measure to make New Jersey the fourth state after California, Massachusetts and New York to phase in the $15 rate. By Mike Catalini.

STATE LAWMAKERS-GOP DEFECTIONS

TRENTON _ Democrats continue to add to the gains they made in state legislatures during November’s election thanks to defections from Republican lawmakers. Since then, a handful of Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey have switched their party affiliations to become Democrats. They cited various reasons, but the party-switchers have one thing in common: They say the GOP under President Donald Trump has become too extreme. By Mike Catalini. AP photos.

UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS

WASHINGTON _ Colleges made strong returns on their financial investments last year, but experts worry the gains could be jeopardized by spending increases. A survey of more than 800 schools found that their endowments returned an average of 8.2 percent in 2018, a decrease over the year before but a major improvement over two sluggish years before that. By Collin Binkley.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEWARK AIRPORT-PARKING GARAGE FIRE _ Authorities say a parking garage fire at an airport right outside New York City has severely damaged more than a dozen vehicles.

_ PAPER PLANT FIRE _ A landmark New Jersey paper plant has been destroyed by fire.

_ SUPERSTORM SANDY-CONTRACTOR FRAUD _ A New Jersey contractor has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million in Superstorm Sandy funds.

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