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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

February 24, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

POLITICAL DONOR DISCLOSURE

TRENTON _ Now-anonymous financial contributors to certain political-spending groups would become known to the public under legislation moving in New Jersey. By Michael Catalini. SENT: About 510 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-TOWN TATTOO PARLOR

OLD BRIDGE _ While Sara Gutierrez waited for her chance to be heard by the Old Bridge Township Zoning Board on a variance to let her open a tattoo parlor, someone in the audience told her, “Yeah, that’s never going to happen.” Old Bridge’s outdated land use laws strictly control what is, and is not, allowed. The current zoning laws are so strict, “you can open an ice cream shop in town but you can’t sell cookies there,” explained Stephen Mamakas, the township’s economic development officer. Gutierrez was able to get the variance and says things are starting to change as the township seeks to create a business-friendly atmosphere and open its arms to more diverse tenants _ among them, Gutierrez’s Chakra Tattoos and an axe throwing venue, Bury the Hatchet. By Gianluca D’Elia, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. SENT: About 900 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

FATAL SENIOR APARTMENT FIRE _ Authorities in New Jersey have released the name of a man who died in a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Newark.

SPORTS:

BKC--MINNESOTA-RUTGERS

Minnesota plays Rutgers at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

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