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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 5, 2019

Good afternoon! 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’s 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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NEW JERSEY-BUDGET

TRENTON _ New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is set to unveil his second budget in a joint session before lawmakers. The first-term Democrat is scheduled to deliver his budget speech Tuesday before the Democratic-led Assembly and Senate. The current year’s $37.4 billion budget runs until June 30 when Murphy and lawmakers must enact a new, balanced spending plan. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words. photos.

Eds: Developing from Murphy’s speech, scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

MISS AMERICA LAWSUIT

_ A lawsuit by a former board member and several state pageant organizations claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the Miss America Organization has taken place has been withdrawn. Jennifer Vaden Barth, a former Miss North Carolina, says she withdrew the lawsuit Monday due to a lack of financial resources. She says it was dismissed without prejudice, leaving the door open for future litigation. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

ELECTION SECURITY-VOTING MACHINES

ATLANTA _ A new report says time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to replace their voting equipment before the 2020 elections. Yet a report released Tuesday by The Brennan Center for Justice says the vast majority don’t have enough money to do so. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 730 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ JUROR’S COMMENT-HAND ON BIBLE _ A New Jersey appellate court has ordered a new civil trial for a doctor accused of sexual harassment because a juror commented that the doctor didn’t put his hand on the Bible when he testified to defend himself.

_ SOCIAL SECURITY WORKER-THEFT _ A Social Security Administration employee has admitted he accessed numerous accounts and falsified records so he could steal nearly $100,000 from the agency.

_ CAR THEFT-FOOTPRINTS _ Police in New Jersey say footprints in the snow led them from a crashed stolen car to the man suspected of stealing the car.

_ FATAL STRIP CLUB SHOOTING _ Two men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from a fatal shooting at a northern New jersey strip club last year.

_ WINTER WEATHER-PLANE MISHAP _The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why a United Express regional jet slid off a runway, injuring a pilot and four passengers. The CommutAir-operated flight from Newark, New Jersey.

_ OBIT-KING KONG BUNDY _ King Kong Bundy, the 6-foot-4 (193-centimeter) professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2, has died. He was 61.

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