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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 29, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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ELECTIONS-VETERANS-WOMEN

WASHINGTON _ Long seen as a bastion of support for Republicans, the face of the U.S. military and its veterans is changing — and perhaps too is their political bent. Military veterans by and large voted for GOP candidates in the November midterm elections, affirming President Donald Trump’s claim that veterans stand among his strongest backers. But more women are joining the military, and they are bucking the pattern. That’s according to data from AP’s VoteCast survey. By Hope Yen and Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 1,344 words, photos.

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ELECTIONS-VETERANS-WOMEN-GLANCE

HIGHER PAY-MORE PRODUCTIVE

WASHINGTON _ America’s retailers, struggling to fill jobs, have been raising pay to try to keep and attract enough employees. Now, some stores want something in return: A more efficient worker. To that end, retailers, fast food restaurants and other lower-wage employers are boosting investment in technology and redesigning stores. Walmart is automating its truck unloading to require fewer workers on loading docks. Kohl’s is using more hand-held devices to speed check-outs and restock shelves. McDonald’s is increasingly replacing cashiers with self-service kiosks to free up workers for table service. By Christopher Rugaber and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 1,662 words, photos.

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EXCHANGE-ATLANTIC CITY ICE RINK

ATLANTIC CITY _ A crowd of local kids descended on the Flyers Skate Zone last Thursday night, suited up in pads and helmets, and headed out on the ice for an hour-long hockey lesson. “I always wanted to do activities like this,” said Craig Bell, of Atlantic City, as he watched son Christopher Bell, 8, skate. Christopher is in his second year with the Art Dorrington Foundation League for kids up to age 13, learning life skills as well as how to skate and play hockey. By Michelle Brunetti Post of The Press of Atlantic City. SENT: 859 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ SURGRY CENTER-POSSIBLE EXPOSURE _ State investigators say a New Jersey surgery center that may have exposed more than 3,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C used poor drug storage methods, an outdated infection control plan and unacceptable sterilization practices.

_ FIRE-WOMAN KILLED _ Authorities say carelessly discarded smoking materials sparked a house fire that killed a New Jersey woman.

_ GAS PRICES _ Motorists continue to see lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

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