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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 20, 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:

NEW JERSEY TRANSIT-OVERHAUL

SUMMIT _ Gov. Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation aimed at making New Jersey Transit more responsive to commuters and overhauling how the embattled agency is run. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 12:30 p.m.

OFFSHORE DRILLING-NJ

BELMAR _ New Jersey authorities announce a development in their opposition to offshore oil and natural gas drilling.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ COLD CASE KILLING _ A 40-year-old North Carolina woman has been arrested and charged with killing a 12-year-old girl in New Jersey more than 25 years ago.

_ DELIVERYMAN-THEFT CHARGE _ Another delivery truck driver has been charged with stealing Amazon boxes and dumping them on the side of a road.

_ JERSEY SHORE-EXTORTION _ A former boyfriend of a “Jersey Shore” cast member is accused of seeking $25,000 for not divulging secrets to the media.

_ FATAL HIT AND RUN _ Authorities in Bergen County say a driver is in custody after a hit-and-run accident killed a woman in Fort Lee.

_ ARMORED TRUCK-CASH ON HIGHWAY _ A large chunk of cash is still missing from last week’s armored truck spill on a New Jersey highway, and police are warning people to pony up before they get picked up.

_ CLERK KILLED-ROBBERY _ Authorities say a clerk was shot and killed during a robbery at a gas station in New Jersey.

_ AIRPORT GUN-JUELZ SANTANA _ Rapper Juelz Santana has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for trying to get a loaded gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport.

SPORTS:

HKN--DEVILS-JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The New Jersey Devils visit the Blue Jackets. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--YALE-MONMOUTH

WEST LONG BRANCH _ Winless Monmouth host Yale.

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