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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

October 1, 2018

Good morning! 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.

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TOP STORIES:

NEW JERSEY-ECONOMY

NUTLEY — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is set to deliver what he says is a major speech on the economy. The Democratic governor will speak Monday in Nutley. He told The Associated Press in an earlier interview that he plans to put forward an economic “master plan” to address the state’s laggard economy. Murphy says the state needs to turn around downward-trending wages and employment growth figures as well the poverty rate. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

BUSINESS:

PFIZER-CEO CHANGE

TRENTON — The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker will change leaders in January when Pfizer Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla replaces CEO Ian Read, who has led the company for nearly eight years. Pfizer Inc. said Monday that Read will become executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors. The move comes after Pfizer’s board in March gave Read an $8 million bonus contingent on boosting Pfizer’s stock price and staying on for up to a year. That allowed Read time to groom Bourla, who had been appointed last January to the newly created chief operating officer post. By Linda A. Johnson and Tom Murphy. AP photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

— GAS TAX-NEW JERSEY — Drivers in New Jersey are now paying more for gasoline.

— BRAWL-THREE STABBED — A street brawl in northern New Jersey has left three people hospitalized with stab wounds.

— BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN-FESTIVAL — Bruce Springsteen has appeared for a surprise performance at a New Jersey festival.

SPORTS:

SOC--DOPING-ROSSI

ROME — Former Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi escaped a ban on Monday despite failing a doping test. The American-born Rossi tested positive for an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent. The anti-doping prosecutor was seeking a one-year ban but the 31-year-old Rossi was given only a reprimand following Monday’s hearing. AP photos.

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