Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Wednesday:

⬛ Jersey City takes Murphy administration to court over marijuana

Jersey City sues NJ over cannabis law

JERSEY CITY — Police officers using cannabis, regardless of whether it was off-duty, can no longer carry firearms under federal law that conflicts with state law, according to Jersey City leaders who have filed a federal lawsuit.

In announcing the legal action on Tuesday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said that New Jersey was the only state to legalize marijuana use that did not have “reasonable carve outs” that allow certain employers to enforce restrictions as a matter of safety.

⬛ Officials kill fox believed to have attacked pets in Summit

Red fox, Summit City Hall
Red fox (NJ DEP), Summit City Hall (City of Summit)

SUMMIT — A fox believed to be connected to three encounters with dogs on Monday has been killed and taken for a rabies test.

Summit's Animal Control and Health Department said dogs were bit on Mountain Avenue near Tulip Street and a third on Dale Drive. Summit police killed the fox Tuesday morning and turned it over to the Westfield Regional Health Department for the test.

⬛ Feds launch civil rights investigation into Trenton, NJ police

(AP Photo,Mel Evans/Nathan Howard, File)
(AP Photo,Mel Evans/Nathan Howard, File)

TRENTON — Complaints that Trenton police officers are resorting to the use of force and arresting people for no good reason are fueling a civil rights investigation into the city's police department, federal authorities say.

The investigation announced on Tuesday is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. They will focus on whether there have been any systemic violations of the Constitution and federal law, officials said.

⬛ Cosmetology schools told to provide more diverse training in NJ Media illustration Media illustration

New Jersey is now requiring cosmetology schools to provide equal instruction in the styling of Black and other textured hair.

Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced an agreement with the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and the state Division of Civil Rights regarding how students are trained in their school of cosmetology.

The state began an investigation when it was alleged non-Black students were not required to take classes on how to cut and style Black and textured hair nor were there enough Black training mannequins.

⬛ NJ 101.5 wins 3 first-place awards

(Canva/Townsquare Media illustration)
(Canva/Townsquare Media illustration)

The New Jersey 101.5 news team was recognized this week for breaking news coverage and public service to its Garden State audience.

New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists awarded the Townsquare Media station three first-place awards in its 2023 Excellence in Journalism Contest.

These wins reflect work that was done in 2022.

Competitive NJ school board races fall 2023

In time for November elections, 1,804 board of education candidates have been registered around New Jersey, for a total of 1,487 open seats.

These are not evenly spread — some boards have zero candidates for an available spot, while others have more than three candidates vying for each seat. The following competitive races are based on data from the New Jersey School Board Association.

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt

History of the M&M: How each amazing color came to be

Even the colors themselves have a fascinating backstory.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

Animals gone wild in NJ: Turkeys, tigers, snakes, bears and more

The best of animal encounters — real and a few rumored — from around New Jersey.

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt


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