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April 8, 2019

Good evening! 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’s 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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MONDAY’S TOP STORIES:

WRE--WWE-NJ TRANSIT WOES

NEWARK _ New Jersey’s transit agency blamed the organizers of WWE’s Wrestlemania event Monday for lengthy train delays at MetLife Stadium that left some fans standing in the rain for hours. Thousands of people heading home from the show late Sunday and early Monday were stuck waiting in long lines for trains and buses operated by New Jersey Transit. By David Porter. SENT: About 430 words.

EARNS-ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS

ATLANTIC CITY _ Casino profits fell by more than 15% in Atlantic City in 2018, a year in which the downsized market re-opened two shuttered gambling halls. The result was a decrease in gross operating profit of 15.4% for the year, to $582 million. By Wayne Parry. SENT: About 420 words.

CASINO OWNER KILLED

ATLANTIC CITY _ Bruce Deifik, the Colorado developer who lost a fortune running a struggling Atlantic City casino for six months, was killed in a single-car crash in Denver. He was 64. By Wayne Parry. SENT: About 460 words.

SUPERSTORM-RECOVERY AID

NEPTUNE _ Some New Jersey victims of Superstorm Sandy who still aren’t back in their homes 6½ years after the storm are getting some additional help. State and federal officials say about 1,000 people who are still participating in New Jersey’s main Sandy rebuilding program can benefit from the removal of a cap that had limited grants to $150,000. By Wayne Parry.

IMMIGRANTS-DRIVER’S LICENSES

ALBION, N.Y. _ A renewed push across the United States to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally resonates with rural workers who say driving is an absolute necessity. Immigrants feel frustrated because supermarkets and job sites are too far away to walk, but they risk alerting authorities if they get behind the wheel. By Claudia Torrens and Michael Hill. SENT: 1,069 words, photos and video.

MED--MEASLES CASES

NEW YORK — U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children. Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That’s up from 387 the week before. By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer.

AROUND THE STATE:

PARACHUTIST KILLED _ A skydiver fell to his death in New Jersey when his parachute apparently failed to deploy.

NEWBORN KILLED-PARENTS CHARGED _ Authorities say a New Jersey woman killed her newborn son and later drove to an apartment complex where the child’s father put the remains in a dumpster.

GIRLFRIEND FATALLY STABBED _ A man who stabbed his girlfriend nearly 100 times during an argument in their home has been sentenced to 60 years in state prison.

EXPRESSWAY-TANKER FIRE _ A section of the Atlantic City Expressway remains closed in both directions hours after a tanker truck burst into flames.

BOMB THREATS-COURTHOUSES EVACUATED _ A woman has admitted calling in two bomb threats that forced evacuations at courthouses in New Jersey because she was frustrated about a civil lawsuit she had pending.

CASINO OWNER KILLED _ Bruce Deifik, the Colorado developer who lost a fortune running a struggling Atlantic City casino for six months, was killed in a single-car crash in Denver. He was 64.

SPORTS:

HKN--DEVILS WRAPUP

NEWARK — NHL MVP Taylor Hall missed the second half of the New Jersey Devils’ disappointing season because doctors couldn’t determine the cause of the pain in his left knee. By Tom Canavan. SENT: About 760 words, photos.

With:

_ HKN--DEVILS-SHERO _ The New Jersey Devils have given executive vice president/general manager Ray Shero a new multi-year contract despite a disappointing season that saw the team finish with the NHL’s third-worst record. By Tom Canavan. SENT: About 310 words.

BBC--OBIT-SHEPPARD

SOUTH ORANGE _ Mike Sheppard Sr., who coached Seton Hall’s baseball program for 31 seasons and had 30 players reach the major leagues — including Hall of Famer Craig Biggio — has died. He was 82. SENT: 268 words.

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