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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

November 9, 2018

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_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:

EX-NUCLEAR PLANT-FUEL STORAGE

LACEY — Two community groups and the New Jersey town that hosts a shuttered nuclear power plant want a public hearing on a Florida company’s plans to handle and store spent radioactive fuel there. Lacey Township, home to the former Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a hearing on plans by Holtec International to speed up the decommissioning of the plant. It has told the NRC it can transfer fuel from cooling pools to dry storage in two years instead of the five it usually takes. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

— MOTHER FATALLY BEATEN — Authorities say an 82-year-old woman was beaten to death by her adult son inside their New Jersey home.

— BURNING CAR RESCUE — Two New Jersey state troopers managed to wrestle an unconscious man to safety as flames consumed his burning car.

— SICK PUPPIES-DOG BREEDER — Authorities say a 49-year-old New Jersey man has died while snorkeling off the Florida Keys. AP photos.

— HIGH-SPEED FATAL CRASH — Authorities say a motorist was traveling at more than 100 mph when he caused a fatal crash on a southern New Jersey highway this summer.

— POLICE ADVISORY BOARD — The Atlantic City Council is considering a new ordinance that would create a citizen’s advisory board for the local police department.

— MTA CHAIRMAN-NEW YORK — Joe Lhota has resigned as chairman of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

— SNORKELING DEATH — Authorities say a 49-year-old New Jersey man has died while snorkeling off the Florida Keys.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-RUTGERS

— Michigan is on the cusp of reaching the heights expected when it hired Jim Harbaugh. It took four seasons and a handful of crushing defeats to get here but the fourth-ranked Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) are poised to win their first conference title since 2004. Stay out of the loss column, and the Wolverines could play for their first national title since 1997. Rutgers (1-8, 0-6) should provide nothing more than a simple tuneup Saturday in New Jersey. , as will Indiana next week at the Big House before Michigan closes the regular season at No. 8 Ohio State. By Dan Gelston. AP photos.

FBN--POPULAR PADS

EAST HANOVER — At 43, Baylor coach Matt Rhule is far removed from a playing career. That doesn’t mean he won’t run the gauntlet with his guys to prove a point. When Rhule was helping turn around the program at Temple, he already had many of his players outfitted with XTECH shoulder pads, a revolutionary protective device that is gaining traction on all levels of football. By Barry Wilner. AP photos.

FBN--SAFETY RANKINGS

NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. He easily outdistanced the New York Giants’ Landon Collins, who had 69 points. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 834 words, photos.

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