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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

February 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

BEAR HUNT-APPEAL DENIED

_ A state appeals court has rejected a challenge to New Jersey’s bear hunt brought by animal protection organizations. The League of Humane Voters of New Jersey and the Animal Protection League of New Jersey had sued to stop the implementation of 2015 rules that added a second annual hunt, increased the number of hunting permits and allowed bow hunting. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 p.m.

BUSINESS:

NEW NAFTA-DRUG PRICES

_ Democrats have hit on a politically potent reason to oppose President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal: They say it would drive up drug prices. A provision in the deal would give drug companies 10 years of protection from lower-priced competition. Focusing on the hot-button issue of drug prices could help Democrats out of an awkward fix: Trump’s revamped deal addressed some of their objections to the old North American Free Trade Agreement, but they’re loath to hand him a victory by backing his new deal. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ WINTER WEATHER-NEW JERSEY _ New Jersey state offices have been closed due to a winter storm that’s spreading snow, sleet and rain across the state.

_ PIPE BOMBS _ Police in New Jersey say a 59-year-old man faces charges of detonating a bomb and having bombs in his home.

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