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September 19, 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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CLERGY ABUSE-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON — New Jersey Catholic Church officials say abuse victims required to remain silent by settlement agreements can speak publicly about their ordeals. The New Jersey Catholic Conference said in a statement Tuesday that the church has no objection if a victim wants to speak out. It came after Democratic state Sen. Joe Vitale called on the church to release abuse victims from confidentiality agreements. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-TAX OVERHAUL

CHERRY HILL — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potntial for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. The three states combined have about a dozen competitive House seats, roughly half the number Democrats need to retake the chamber. Many are in places where voters are upset about the law’s limits on local tax deductions. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,359 words, photos.

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2018-TAX OVERHAUL-HOUSE RACES-GLANCE

SPORTS BETTING-DISPUTED PAYOUT

ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey gambling regulators are investigating whether FanDuel’s sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack should pay out more than $82,000 to a man who was given exorbitant odds for the Denver Broncos to win Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Anthony Prince of Newark made his bet and was handed a ticket at incredible 750-1 odds with about a minute left in the game. Denver kicked a field goal with 6 seconds left to win 20-19, capping a second half comeback that started with the Broncos down 12-0. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1 p.m.

SHAVING ON THE TRAIN

NEW YORK — The commuter who filmed another man shaving on a commuter train heading out of New York City and posted the video on social media says he never intended any harm. In a tweet Tuesday, Pete Bentivegna says there’s been a lot of licensing interest in the video and that all proceeds will go to support Anthony Torres and his family. SENT: 298 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

— CHILD PORN IN PRISON — A federal prison inmate already serving time for trafficking in child pornography has been sentenced to another lengthy term for possessing child sex abuse videos inside the prison.

— CITY EMPLOYEES-BRIBERY CHARGES — A former Newark code enforcement worker who solicited and accepted a $1,000 bribe from a man who wanted to open a nightclub is now headed to state prison.

— FOOD STAMP SCHEME — The former owner of a small grocery store in New Jersey’s largest city has admitted her role in a food stamps for cash scheme that cheated the government out of more than $885,000.

— ESCAPED ALLIGATOR — Police in New Jersey are warning residents about an alligator that’s on the loose.

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