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Pro-Russia rebels guard a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crash in Torez, Ukraine (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Pro-Russia rebels guard a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crash in Torez, Ukraine (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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FIRST NEWS PLUS for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Jersey's First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Full podcast available below. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.

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Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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Gov rating stagnant amid GWB fatigue: poll

In its latest statewide poll of registered voters released Tuesday, Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind revealed Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating has remained virtually unchanged since its January drop.

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Children
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Is NJ a good place to raise children?

A new report finds child well-being is improving in many areas of New Jersey, but more kids are also living in poverty.

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(Polka Dot Images, ThinkStock)
(Polka Dot Images, ThinkStock)
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State Little League tournaments kick off

Beginning Tuesday, the New Jersey State Little League Tournament returns to Ocean County for the first time since 1994 and for the first time ever, the Junior Little League Tournament also will take place in the same location - District 18 Host Berkeley Township.

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Jersey Shore
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Bill would give beach operations to shore counties

A proposed bill that would allow Jersey shore counties to take over beach operations from local communities if towns request it, isn't generating much support from either Republicans or Democrats.

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Lake Hopatcong
Lake Hopatcong (Google Street View)
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The ‘biggest threat’ to NJ swimmers

As the search continues for what some local residents around Lake Hopatcong have described as a 16-foot long green snake, possibly an anaconda, swimmers in other parts of New Jersey could face another type of danger from a much less fearsome creature.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeney: Sandy oversight report was ‘not acceptable’

State Senate President Steve Sweeney was joined at a press conference Monday by housing advocates to criticize the Christie administration for the lack of details in the recently-released Superstorm Sandy integrity monitor reports.

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Gov. Chris Christie
Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
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Christie greeted by protesters in CT

After receiving a warm welcome in Iowa last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was met by angry protests Monday evening during a trip to Greenwich to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

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Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago
Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago (AP Photo/Jersey City Mayor's office)
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Autopsy reports out for Santiago, Campbell

Investigators say a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in an ambush earlier this month died from a gunshot wound to the head.

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Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City
Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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AC casino closures affecting thousands

Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31.

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