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Past articles by Stacey:

Arizona's 1864 law banning abortion in most circumstances in effect, judge rules

An over century-old Arizona law that bans abortions in nearly all circumstances can again be enforced after a judge lifted an injunction. → Read More

After 14 months, former NJ prisoner still struggles to find stability

James Magilton was released from prison in November 2020, and we told the story of his struggle to find permanent housing. Fourteen months later, he's still searching. → Read More

At conservative megaconference in Phoenix, Kyle Rittenhouse embraces role of conservative icon

Just weeks ago, Kyle Rittenhouse told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that he wanted to "lay low" and that the polarization around his case was "sickening." → Read More

Knowing who police pull over can help end racial profiling. But few NJ towns track it

The changes heralded 20 years ago in New Jersey haven’t stopped racial profiling, nor have they kept pace with public demands for accountability. → Read More

New Jersey's budget is $46 billion. It also includes these pet projects for lawmakers

New Jersey's budget includes millions to fund local projects in lawmakers' districts. → Read More

How New Jersey may try to bolster diversity in its police force

The Senate approved three bills that collectively seek to diversify the ranks within New Jersey law enforcement agencies. → Read More

Why 'baby bonds' didn't make it into the NJ budget, and what happens now

Gov. Murphy last year pitched putting money aside for lower income families to close the racial wealth gap. The idea was absent from the budget plan. → Read More

NJ families getting $500 rebate checks. Here's who gets them, and when they arrive

Here's what New Jersey residents need to know about $500 tax rebates the state is sending out, beginning July 1. → Read More

NJ lawmakers to vote on $46.4 billion budget. What you need to know.

The budget tome outlines how more than $52 billion in taxpayer dollars will be spent. → Read More

NJ property tax aid: Lawmakers, Gov. Murphy agree to expand Homestead credit in budget

The state's top Democrats announced Monday they had agreed to update rules underlying one of the state's most popular property tax credits, increasing benefits for homeowners. → Read More

Johnson wins Bergen race to succeed Loretta Weinberg in Senate

Johnson, 71, had 75% of the vote with 60% of voting precincts counted at about 10:30 p.m., according to initial results from the Bergen County Clerk. → Read More

Gov. Murphy has signed a bill to end the COVID health emergency. Here's what to know

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a bill to end the public health emergency declared last year early in the COVID pandemic. → Read More

NJ Democrats have a new plan to end the COVID public health emergency

Lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill ending the public health emergency on Thursday, a tweaked version of a similar bill that was criticised as weak. → Read More

NJ legislative Democrats look to push vote on abortion bill off until after election

Abortion advocates say the Supreme Court taking up a case that challenges Roe v. Wade means its time for New Jersey lawmakers to act. → Read More

NJ students will go back to school for in-person classes this fall

Students must go back to school in-person in the fall, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday. → Read More

Use of NJ aid-in-dying law steady after first full year, state data shows

Use of New Jersey's law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives was steady in 2020, state data shows. → Read More

NJ 'not there yet' on removing indoor mask mandate, Gov. Murphy says

The CDC says residents who are vaccinated can remove their masks indoors, but NJ Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday he wasn't ready to follow suit. → Read More

NJ's next step on voting rights? Allowing 17-year-olds to cast primary ballots

New Jersey Democratic lawmakers have their sights on another voting rights expansion, this time, for 17-year-olds. → Read More

New Jersey tourist attractions, places to see impacted by COVID travel restrictions

NJ travel restrictions brought on by COVID impacted Cape May, tourist attractions and other places to visit, and things to do in the Garden State. → Read More

States have billions of dollars from the American Rescue Plan. Now they have to spend it

Some states will use their share to fill budget holes caused by COVID's economic shutdown, and others are spending on initiatives to bring equity to people of color. → Read More