Unhealthy levels of ground ozone keep a code-orange air quality advisory in effect through Thursday, May 18, at midnight. Infants, aged people and patients with respiratory disorders are advised to limit outdoor time.

A Manchester police officer was justified in shooting a township 18-year-old who allegedly tried to stab him in 2016, according to findings by offices of the New Jersey Attorney General and Ocean County Prosecutor. Investigators said that LiMichael Shine tried to induce officers to shoot him before brandishing the knife, and left a suicide note.

A suspended Monmouth County attorney and his ex-law partner appear headed for trial, accused of pocketing $140,000 belonging to clients. Gerald Saluti Jr., of Howell Township, and Richard Roberts of Bloomfield are also accused of lying under oath.

Eight million dollars in advance aid from New Jersey's Department of Education saves 127 jobs in the Lakewood school district. Imminent layoffs in the $15,000,000 budget crisis affected 108 teachers and 19 staffers. It isn't clear how the aid will affect the 2017-2018 budget.

With New Jersey communities again under the gun to create or convert living space for affordable housing obligations, state lawmakers in the shore's 30th district craft a bill to revive Regional Contribution Agreements (RCA). Assemblyman Sean Kean contends that RCAs give urban centers needed cash to place housing near mass transit, and help suburbs avoid sprawl that would threaten environment, health and expenses.

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