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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

September 21, 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

ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING

MINNEAPOLIS — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding trade war and President Donald Trump’s social media posts. But on the ground in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. While Election Day is technically Nov. 6, Minnesota law allows in-person voting to begin Friday — a full 46 days early — making it the first state in the nation to begin casting actual votes in the fight for control of Congress. Four more states offer early voting in the next six days, including midterm battlegrounds like New Jersey. By Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 1,109 words, photos.

ICYMI:

SHERIFF’S COMMENTS-ATTORNEY GENERAL

NEWARK — A New Jersey sheriff recorded making disparaging remarks about blacks and the state’s first Sikh attorney general apologized Thursday night for his comments but didn’t heed a call from Gov. Phil Murphy to step down. In a statement released by a spokesman, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino said the remarks were “not representative of the person that I am and they are in no way consistent with the manner in which I have conducted my life personally and as a law enforcement professional with over 46 years of service to the residents of Bergen County.” By David Porter. SENT: 369 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

— WEST NILE VIRUS-DEATH — New Jersey health officials say a 62-year-old man’s death last week was the state’s first confirmed fatality from West Nile virus this year.

— STRAY BULLET-GIRL KILLED — The man suspected of firing a stray shot that killed a 9-year-old girl as she slept in her bed will remain jailed until his murder trial.

— DROVE ACROSS RUNWAYS — Authorities say a New York woman who breached security at New Jersey airport and drove her car across two runways has been charged with criminal trespass and other counts.

— FATAL SHOOTING — Police in New Jersey continue to search for the suspect they say shot and killed a 21-year-old man near an apartment complex.

— SCUP FISHING — Federal fishing managers are letting fishermen catch more of a small, commercially valuable species of East Coast fish this winter.

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