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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

August 31, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN

MOUNT HOLLY — A couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man after he used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia must now turn over what’s left of the cash. A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday during a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Johnny Bobbitt , who worries Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure have mismanaged a large part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe. SENT: 407 words, photos.

DO NOT ENTER

LEONIA — A New Jersey town plans to seek to reverse a judge’s ruling striking down its ordinance that banned nonresident drivers from using some of its streets as shortcuts to a heavily traveled bridge into New York. Leonia adopted an ordinance in January in response to traffic congestion and safety issues caused by navigation apps sending motorists through town to the George Washington Bridge. SENT: 449 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

— STRAY BULLET-GIRL KILLED —

— STOLEN CAR-FIERY CRASH — A police pursuit involving a stolen car in northern New Jersey ended when the vehicle crashed and caught fire.

— COAST GUARD RESCUE —The Coast Guard came to the rescue of two people after their damaged boat took on water and sank in waters off the New Jersey coast.

— DAIRY FARMERS LAWSUIT — Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers are receiving their share of a $50 million settlement, nearly nine years after the farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative.

— MOTORCYCLE CRASH-SEVERED ARM — Police in New Jersey say a man’s arm was severed when he crashed his motorcycle during a drag race.

SPORTS:

FBC--TEXAS STATE-RUTGERS

PISCATAWAY — Rutgers coach Chris Ash enters his third season, trying to rebuild a downtrodden program. He’s hoping true freshman Artur Sitkowski quarterback can provide an instant spark as starting quarterback. Sitkowski beat out senior captain Gio Rescigno and sophomore Jonathan Lewis to start against Texas State on Saturday. A native of nearby Old Bridge, New Jersey, Sitkowski is a big-arm talent with prototypical size at 6-foot-5, 224 pounds. By Matt Sugam. SENT: 550 words.

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