Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Friday:

Unspeakable tragedy — girl dies on school bus

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (Somerset) — A school bus aide has been charged with manslaughter after a 6-year-old girl was fatally strangled by a safety harness that tightened around her neck.

Officials say the monitor was on her phone instead of paying attention.

The girl was in a wheelchair riding to a summer program at a school in the Franklin Park section of Franklin Township Monday morning when the van she was riding inside hit several bumps in the roadway, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John McDonald.
⬛ The sad NJ connections to the Gilgo Beach serial killer case

NJ women, remains found near Gilgo Beach, NY (Suffolk County Police)
NJ women, remains found near Gilgo Beach, NY (Suffolk County Police)

The search for a missing New Jersey woman in 2010 was what led to the first of nearly a dozen gruesome discoveries on Long Island, collectively known as the Gilgo Beach homicides.

On July 14, law enforcement in New York announced murder charges against Rex Heuermann, an architect from Massapequa Park. He was seen being led to a police cruiser in video posted by New York Post.

Heuermann, a married father of two, so far has been accused in the killings of three women — out of at least nine women whose remains were found along Ocean Parkway on Long Island.
⬛ Another BIG lottery jackpot

New Jersey Lottery
New Jersey Lottery

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $720 million.

If someone picks all five numbers and the gold Mega Ball, the cash payout would be $369.6 million, before taxes.
⬛ NJ weather: One more round of storms, weekend looks terrific


An unsettled day, with another threat of heavy rain and flooding in play.

However, Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow says the payoff will be one of the best Summer weekends of the season.
⬛ NJ golf instructor accused of groping young woman during lesson

Paul Kaster (MCPO) golf instructor arrested
Paul Kaster (MCPO)

A 46-year-old golf instructor was busted for inappropriately touching a female student younger than 21, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced Thursday.

Paul Kaster, of Red Bank, was charged with third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact.

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