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Nice start to Wednesday, but a bit rain is on the way for NJ

Showers enter the forecast for the next few days, but the early look at the final weekend of Spring is pretty fantastic.

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Ocean County slips to 12th in NJ Kids Count Rankings

Ocean County slipped one spot to 12th overall in the state's 2016 Kids Count rankings, which measure progress in improving the lives of children in 13 critical areas.

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Parents should worry about alcohol — the gateway drug for teens, NJ advocates say

For Jersey teens, alcohol remains the top drug of choice and abuse.

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Summer may leave many children hungry who normally take advantage of free or reduce-priced meals in school. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
Summer may leave many children hungry who normally take advantage of free or reduce-priced meals in school. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
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More than 1,200 NJ locations offering free meals to children this summer

Meals are offered at select locations where children typically congregate, such as parks, pools and schools, and through recreation programs.

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If you have leftover prescription drugs, do you know how to get rid of them?

A new study which surveyed 1,000 people who were prescribed opioids in the past year revealed two-thirds planned to keep the pills they had left over, as half of those polled were given no information on how or where to discard the medications.

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More sleep could prevent teen deaths, expert panel says

A new report pushes for even more sleep for kids...and the most sleep for infants and toddlers.

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Sen. Nicholas Scutari views marijuana for sale at the Groundswell Cannabis Boutique, a dispensary in Denver, Colo. The senator toured the facility on Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Photo provided by NJ Senate Democrats)
Sen. Nicholas Scutari views marijuana for sale at the Groundswell Cannabis Boutique, a dispensary in Denver, Colo. The senator toured the facility on Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Photo provided by NJ Senate Democrats)
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Trip to Colorado convinces NJ senator he’s right on legalizing marijuana

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, who wants New Jersey to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use, says Colorado's experience bodes well for a similar effort here.

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Michael Herbert (Credit: NJ State Police)
Michael Herbert (Credit: NJ State Police)
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Man hid 375 lbs of marijuana in crate at NJ shipping terminal, cops say

A drug-sniffing K-9 detected the presence of marijuana inside the container, state police say.

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Rescued dog, Jackson (courtesy Associated Humane Societies-Popcorn Park)
Rescued dog, Jackson (courtesy Associated Humane Societies-Popcorn Park)
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New dog-hoarding case reported in Jackson

Fewer dogs, worse conditions, than in the Howell Township dog-hoarding case. That's partly how staffers of American Humane Societies and Popcorn Park in Lacey described animals discovered in a Jackson garage. Other adjectives are "filth and misery," and "hell."

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Why NJ woman went shopping as jail guard who raped her faced justice

A former female inmate went shopping instead of being in the courtroom to hear her attacker's prison sentence.

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