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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest 6 pm, NJ

January 5, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING SATURDAY:

TAX OVERHAUL-STATES

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey — Some state governments are considering tax changes in reaction to the federal tax overhaul. In high-tax states, the big concern is that taxpayers will owe the IRS more because of a new limit on how much they can deduct for paying state and local taxes. California officials have floated the idea of letting people make charitable contributions to the state rather than paying income taxes. The idea is that the donations would still be deductible. Connecticut and New York lawmakers are exploring switching from income taxes to payroll taxes on employers, who could still make deductions. With legislators starting their 2018 sessions and governors writing state budgets, the response is a political priority. By Geoff Mulvihill. 900 words. Photos.

UPCOMING SUNDAY:

LEGISLATURE-FINAL VOTING DAY

TRENTON — New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature will hold its final voting session of Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s last term on Monday. A look at what’s at stake. By Michael Catalini. UPCOMING: 550 words.

FRIDAY’S TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — Frigid temperatures, some that could feel as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast on Friday as the region attempted to clean up from a massive winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier. Forecasters predict strong winds and record-breaking cold air will sweep the region, from the mid-Atlantic to New England, and hang around through the weekend. By Philip Marcelo. Photos.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING

UNDATED — Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and other top Democrats denounce the Trump administration’s plan to open federal waters off New Jersey and the rest of the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: SENT: 450 words.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades. While some lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, the plan drew immediate opposition from governors up and down the East Coast, including Republican Govs. Rick Scott of Florida and Larry Hogan of Maryland, who pressed President Donald Trump to withdraw their states from consideration. By Matthew Daly. Photos.

PENN STATION REPAIRS

NEWARK — A second round of track repairs is beginning at New York’s Penn Station and will affect commuter rail service beginning on Monday. The disruptions won’t be as significant as during last year’s so-called “Summer of Hell,” but will last longer — until late May. By David Porter. SENT: 250 words.

MISS AMERICA EMAILS-CARLSON

ATLANTIC CITY — Gretchen Carlson says it’s “a form of justice” that former Miss Americas like herself who were trashed in emails from former leaders of the organization now are in charge of it. In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Friday, the former Fox News anchor said she will make the Miss America Organization all about empowering women. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 300 words.

OLY-SKATER-FEDERATION DISPUTE

NEWARK — A New Jersey woman who skated at the 2014 Olympics for Israel is awaiting an appeals court decision in her years long battle to be allowed to skate for the U.S. By David Porter. SENT: 350 words.

LOTTERY JACKPOT-TAXES

DES MOINES, Iowa — Pity the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery game winners. Federal tax law changes would seem to promise that those who beat the odds and win a jackpot could keep more of their winnings from the government. But even as the new law cut top federal income tax rates, it also reduced the ability to deduct state taxes.

ACROSS THE STATE:

MURPHY-TAX OVERHAUL

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — New Jersey’s incoming Democratic governor says he wants to allow residents to pay property taxes as charitable contributions as a way to push back against the new federal tax overhaul.

BRENDAN BYRNE MEMORIAL

MILLBURN, N.J. — A memorial service is set for the former New Jersey governor who mobsters said was too ethical to be bribed and who authorized the law permitting gambling in Atlantic City.

TRUMP-BOOK-CHRISTIE

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has turned up in the newly released book about President Donald Trump. Trump had tried to halt publication of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” His spokesman calls Wolff “a guy who made up a lot of stories to try and sell books.” By The Associated Press.

WINTER WEATHER-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON — New Jerseyans are facing icy conditions and bitter cold as they dig out one day after a major snowstorm.

WINTER WEATHER-NYC AIRPORTS

NEW YORK — Flights have resumed at New York’s LaGuardia and Kennedy International airports a day after weather-related suspensions.

FERRY-ICE

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — New York Waterway has suspended some ferry service because of ice.

FIVE BUILDINGS-FIRE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters in Newark are trying to determine what caused a wind-whipped fire that destroyed five buildings on both sides of a street.

HIGH RISE FIRE

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — An electrical fire forced the evacuation of 291 residents from a 16-story apartment building that is home to senior citizens and the disabled in Atlantic City.

FIREFIGHTER-HOUSE FIRE

TABERNACLE, N.J. — A New Jersey firefighter says he answered an emergency dispatch only to find his own home going up in flames.

POLICE OFFICER STRUCK

NEWARK — A Jersey City police lieutenant on his way to work was struck and killed on the New Jersey Turnpike.

CARBON MONOXIDE-POISONING

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. — New Jersey police say a teenager is dead and dozens of Perth Amboy residents and police officers were sickened after an outbreak of carbon monoxide poisoning.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON — Teachers in New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington state are finalists for the National Teacher of the Year honor from a state education leaders group.

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