Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Thursday:

⬛ 'Please, God, help me' — Family of slain NJ councilwoman speaks
There is still no information about why the Sayreville councilwoman was killed execution-style while sitting in her car

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⬛ Keep your money: What you need to know before filing taxes in NJ
From often overlooked deductions to tips on getting a quick refund, don't file your taxes before you read this guide to New Jersey income taxes.

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⬛ 7 p.m. Thursday: Protecting your kids
New Jersey has some of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the nation. Yet many parents are unaware of how these laws work and what actions they can take to protect their kids.

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⬛ Roof shingles, bottle of pee among items cleaned from NJ beaches
For the first time since 2007, plastic shopping bags were not among the most commonly found debris on New Jersey's beaches during annual cleanup events run by Clean Ocean Action.

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⬛ Free weed and wine? NJ has listings on 420-friendly rental site
One listing lets you rent out an entire home for eight to 18 guests, and smoke marijuana anywhere you'd like.

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