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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

September 18, 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:

PARCC EXAMS-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy’s planned phase out of a controversial standardized test in the state’s schools is stalled and it’s unclear when it will move forward. Murphy announced plans to reduce from six to two the number of exams needed for graduation, but a planned state Board of Education vote recently was put on ice. The fate of the phase-out was left unclear after a legislative hearing this week. By Mike Catalini. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

JEWISH TRADITION-TOWN BACKLASH

MAHWAH — A New Jersey town has agreed to repeal an ordinance that state officials said discriminated against Orthodox Jews. The moves announced Monday resolves a lawsuit the state attorney general’s office filed against Mahwah last October. The town had already repealed an ordinance that barred out-of-state residents from using its parks. Officials agreed that repeal will remain in effect. SENT: 262 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

— HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN — The New Jersey man under investigation over more than $400,000 raised online for a homeless good Samaritan says answers are coming in the confusing case.

— CONSUMER FINANCE-NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s pushing for a new rule to protect the state’s investors.

— CONVICTED COUNCILMAN-STATE JOB — A former New Jersey municipal official who admitted taking bribes from undercover FBI agents more than a decade ago is now working for the state.

— ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER-STOCKTON UNIVERSITY — Stockton University will conduct a study on a proposed environmental center.

— NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE — A national consumer advocacy group is joining the fight against a proposed nuclear waste storage site in southeastern New Mexico.

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