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WEDNESDAY'S TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING

ATLANTIC CITY — Sports betting is a second-inning home run in New Jersey, where gamblers plunked down more than $95 million on sporting events in New Jersey in August. That's more than twice as much as they did just a month earlier. Figures released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for the second full month of sports betting show casinos and racetracks took in $95.6 million in bets on sporting events, up from $40.6 million in July. By Wayne Parry. SENT: About 570 words.

ELECTION 2018-VOTE-BY-MAIL

TRENTON — New Jersey's vote-by-mail system is changing under a new law enacted last month that some lawmakers and county officials are warning could spark confusion. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the new law in August. It goes into effect in time for this year's closely watched midterm elections. The new law mandates that voters who signed up for and got mail-in ballots for the 2016 general election will continue to be sent those ballots for all future elections, unless they opt out. By Mike Catalini. SENT: About 690 words.

SPECIAL INTEREST SPENDING

TRENTON — A new state report shows special interest spending in last year's election spiked by 34 percent, or nearly $19 million, more than in the previous gubernatorial election year. The report published Wednesday by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission said $74 million was spent in the 2017 contest when governor, Senate and Assembly were all on the ballot. That's up from about $55 million in 2013, when Republican Chris Christie was re-elected in a landslide. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

BOOKER-SOUTH CAROLINA

— Fueling speculation about his White House ambitions, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will headline a Democratic fundraising event in South Carolina in October. That will put Booker in front of more than 1,000 South Carolina Democrats, including many of the state's most prominent black leaders and activists. Booker is among several black Democrats considering a presidential bid. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 538 words, photos.

TRUMP-ANTI-SEMITISM

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's Education Department has reopened an old discrimination case against Rutgers University and is revisiting what constitutes anti-Semitism. By Maria Danilova. SENT: About 490 words.

BUSINESS:

TROPICANA SALE

ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey gambling regulators consider El Dorado Resorts' plan to complete its purchase of Atlantic City's Tropicana casino. By Wayne Parry. SENT: About 470 words.

AROUND THE STATE

FOOD STAMP SCHEME — Federal prosecutors say a couple and their adult son fraudulently exchanged more than $5 million in food stamps for cash at a New Jersey grocery store they operated.

STUDENT-FATAL FALL — Authorities in New Jersey say a student who fell from a Seton Hall University parking deck has died.

ATM SKIMMING SCHEME — A Romanian man has pleaded guilty to his role in an ATM skimming scheme that resulted in the theft of nearly $900,000 from bank customers in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

INVOICE FRAUD SCHEME — Two New Jersey siblings have received prison terms for running a multi-million-dollar invoice scheme that defrauded a company where one of them worked.

STAND UP FOR HEROES — Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers are headlining this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.

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FBN--JETS-OWNER SPEAKS

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Christopher Johnson was in an elevator at Ford Field in Detroit when his New York Jets took the field with Sam Darnold. The team's acting chairman and CEO then heard the roar from Lions fans and immediately knew something had gone wrong for his rookie quarterback in the season opener Monday night. Darnold threw an interception on his first pass that was returned for a touchdown. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: About 950 words.

FBN--GIANTS AND WINNING

EAST RUTHERFORD — The New York Giants can talk all they want about how tight their locker room is, how much they love Pat Shurmur's new offense and the new 3-4 defense installed coordinator James Bettcher. It's all talk. That loving feeling does nothing for the Giants (0-1) heading into Dallas this weekend for a Sunday night game at the Cowboys (0-1).By Tom Canavan. SENT: About 600 words.

FBN--DOLPHINS-FITZPATRICK

DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins rookie and New Jersey native Minkah Fitzpatrick is ready for a rowdy reception returning to his home turf Sunday, when his team plays the New York Jets. By Steven Wine. SENT: About 500 words.

FBC--WINNING JAYHAWKS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — David Beaty had the game ball in his hands in a foreign locker room for the first time as the coach at Kansas, and if it was up to him, he'd have snipped it into hundreds of pieces to share with everyone who's been a part of his football program. What ultimately happened to that ball is anyone's guess. But it was historic, since it represented the end of a 46-game road losing streak, one that stretched back nearly a decade, and should give the Jayhawks some much-needed momentum heading into Saturday's game against Rutgers. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 829 words, photos.

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