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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

September 15, 2018

Good evening! 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:

HEALTH BENEFITS-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is taking his administration’s health benefits review on the road. The freshman Democrat announced this week that the task force he put together this summer to review New Jersey’s multi-billion-dollar public worker health benefits will go on a three-stop listening tour. By Mike Catalini. SENT: About 600 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-KARAOKE BARS

COLLINGSWOOD — Ronnie Schmeltzer co-owns a karaoke party business, but you’d never catch her with a mic. At least not in the traditional karaoke bar setting. “I am a terrible singer,” she confessed. “I would never, ever in a million years, do it in a bar.” But she and her husband Michael, who used to live in Japan, rocked the karaoke scene on a family trip back to Asia. “The four of us were singing for three hours. We left and were like, ‘We’ve got to get more,’” Michael recalled. The experience was the spark for the couple to take karaoke beyond the bar back home in Collingswood. By Sheri Berkery, Courier Post. SENT: About 1200 words.

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GAS PRICES — Analysts say gas prices in New Jersey and elsewhere could be affected by the storm hitting the Carolinas.

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