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Brian Farmer appears in court for his first appearance on charges he killed his cousin and her 10-year-old foster daughter, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Freehold, N.J. (AP Photo/Asbury Park Press, Tom Spader, Pool)

All in the Family - More details are emerging about the man charged with the murder of a Long Branch woman and her 10-year old foster daughter. He had served 13-years in prison for for keeping a woman and her teenaged daughter hostage as sex slaves. And it was when Joan Colbert came in and found him taking pornographic photos of her 10-year old daughter that police say he killed them both.


Robbinsville championship softball team (Robbinsville Township)

Champs Return Home - The champions of the Little League Softball World Series are back in the Garden State. The team of 12 and 13 year old girls arrived in Robbinsville late yesterday after beating a team from Louisiana 4-1 to capture the title.

T-Shirt Banned - Six Flags says they are reviewing in incident in the park where a Marine combat veteran claims he was denied entry because of his shirt. It was a black shirt with a red, white, and blue machine gun that read: "Keep Calm and Return Fire. The shirts are sold by a group that raises money for recon Marines and their families. Mario Alejandro says a security guard told him the shirt was offensive.

Driver Search - Police need your help to find the driver who hit a 24-year old in Mamilton, Mercer County, then sped off and left him laying in the street. We have dramtic video for you on our website. You can see the victim trapped beneath the car and the driver backing up then driving off.

Hiring Slows - July was a good month for hiring in New Jersey, although the pace of that hiring is still slower...

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol smiles at demonstrators march along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

Improvement in Ferguson - Protests in Ferguson, Missouri have a much lighter atmosphere since Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday placed the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge. Late Wednesday, some protesters angered over the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer threw Molotov cocktails and other items at local officers, and demonstrators were met with flash grenades and tear gas. On Thursday, several protesters stopped to shake hands with state police officers who walked among the crowd.

Caught on Video - The man who attacked a motorist who had just run down his sister had been charged with aggravated assault. This happened in Lakewood as the woman was crossing Route 88 last Saturday. After the 26-year old River stopped the brother beat the driver nearly to death. The driver remains unconscious in the hospital. Video of the attack has now surfaced.

Robin Williams Tragedy - His widow says Robin Williams was not back into booze and drugs but was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease making his battle with depression that much worse. Toxicology tests are still pending. Parkinson's is an incurable disorder that effects the brain cells controlling movement. But recent studies have also linked it to worsening depression and dementia.

Property Tax Solution - Have you noticed? It seems no matter what anybody says or does, New Jersey's highest-in-the-nation property taxes keep going up. One state lawmaker is announcing a new effort to get the problem under control …

Governor Chris Christie poses with baby parade babies after holding a "Conversation Down the Shore" town hall on the boardwalk in Ocean City (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Making a Decision - Governor Christie says he will decide by the end of this year or early next if he will run for president. He was asked the question at his latest town hall meeting, this one in Ocean City. At the same time, Christie launched a flurry of criticisms against President Obama on immigration, health care, and taxes.

No pain, no gain" is still the main message at governor christie's town hall events, as he continues to rail against the state's underfunded pension and health benefits systems

And then there were 6 - A leading investment bank says the casino closures are not over in Atlantic City. Deutsche Bank says the plunge in casino revenues will continue and five more gaming halls will close by 2017.

Divided State Part 5 - It's the fifth and final day of our weeklong series on north, central and south Jersey. To top it off, we ask the experts why these "border wars" exist in the first place.




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