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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 15, 2018

Good afternoon! 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_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

TRAVELING ACTS-EXOTIC ANIMALS

TRENTON _ Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill to bar circuses, carnivals and fairs from using wild and exotic animals such as elephants and tigers.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-CENTENARIAN SEAMSTRESS

WESTWOOD _ What’s the age limit on giving back? If you ask one centenarian, she’ll say there is none. Anna Gizzi, who turned 101 this month, has been sewing blankets and hats for children at hospitals for years, most recently for the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. Sewing is in Gizzi’s blood: She was born in Jersey City in 1917 to a mother who was a seamstress. After high school, she joined her mother on the job. Stephanie Noda, North Jersey Record. SENT: About 670 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

FATAL DUMP TRUCK CRASH _ Authorities have released the names of two New Jersey women killed when a dump truck rolled onto a sport utility vehicle on a southeastern Pennsylvania highway.

GAS PRICES _ Drivers in New Jersey and around the nation continue to see gas prices drop, but analysts warn that cheaper prices may not last long into the new year.

SPORTS:

HKN--DEVILS-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Nashville Predators wrap up a three-game home stand Saturday night hosting the New Jersey Devils. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.

BKC--RUTGERS-SETON HALL

NEWARK, N.J. _ Coming off an stunning overtime win over nationally ranked Kentucky, Seton Hall renews its New Jersey rivalry with Rutgers when the teams meet at the Prudential Center. By Matt Sugam. UPCOMING. 600, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m. EST.

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