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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

May 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE

NEW YORK — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: About 1020 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-FOSTER FOR TOMORROW

VINELAND — Making her journey through foster care and adjusting to adoption, Tadae King-Williams relies on words of inspiration. And they are her own. “My journal was my lifeline,” King-Williams said. “When I felt like I had no one to understand me, I knew I always had my journal to write in.” Filling the blank pages helped her cope and helps her heal. Deborah Marko, Vineland Daily Journal. SENT: About 600 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHILD DEATH-MAN CHARGED _ A New Jersey man accused of having killed his life-in girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter has rejected a proposed plea deal that would have carried a 40-year sentence.

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