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SCHOOL ELECTIONS

School elections in some New Jersey towns

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - It's Election Day in some New Jersey towns.

Voters on Wednesday will elect school board members and give up-or-down votes to school property tax levies in 26 New Jersey school districts.

Less than 20 percent of registered voters usually participate in the elections.

School elections were an April staple in New Jersey. But most of the state's districts have switched to November under a law that lets them avoid up-or-down tax votes. Their tax increases are still subject to a 2 percent cap.

PORT AUTHORITY

Port Authority to report on $1 NJ Transit lease

NEW YORK (AP) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is holding its monthly board meeting, two days after it heard from a panel on what it needs to do to improve its accountability and efficiency and restore public trust.

The agency has been buffeted in recent months by revelations about last fall's lane closings at the George Washington Bridge and questions over potential conflicts of interest involving board members.

Four officials have resigned, including chairman David Samson.

Among the issues it is expected to take up Wednesday is a $1 a year lease for a park and ride lot operated by New Jersey Transit that was the focus of questions because Samson's law firm had done work for the agency.

It is also expected to discuss wages for airport workers.

BRUSH FIRE WARNING

Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.

The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday and the watch is posted during the same time period on Thursday.

Forecasters say low humidity and strong winds will combine to allow the spread of any brush fires that develop.

Residents are advised to properly dispose of any smoking materials.

NJ GRANDFATHER STABBED

Grandson accused of killing granddad in NJ

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have accused a grandson of stabbing his grandfather to death in Jersey City.

Police on Tuesday responded to the second floor Sherman Avenue apartment that 27-year-old John Ugarriza shared with his 73-year-old granddad, Jesus Ruiz.

Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was stabbed multiple times with a knife.

Ugarriza is held on $250,000 bail, charged with murder and weapons charges.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF-SWASTIKAS

Man accused of painting swastikas on building

WEST AMWELL, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have accused a Pennsylvania man of painting swastikas and curse words on a building in New Jersey.

Police have charged 20-year-old Brandon Wetzel of Yardley, Pa., with criminal mischief and theft of a license plate.

Police say Wetzel cut power lines and vandalized the building along Route 179 on April 17.

RADIO TOWER-DEATH

Man commits suicide off radio tower

(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com )

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - Police say a man took his own life after plunging from a 400-foot radio station tower in Long Branch.

Police say 60-year-old Pedro Macias of Elizabeth fell through the roof of an adjacent building Monday night.

Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck tells the Asbury Park Press the building was condemned and unsafe.

Firefighters had to cut a hole in a wall to recover the body.

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