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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

April 15, 2019

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’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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TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

_ Strong storms, including at least one tornado, swept through parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region, damaging homes and businesses and causing injuries after storms in the South killed at least eight people. Storms that hit Ohio on Sunday and moved into New Jersey overnight into Monday brought heavy rains, lightning, strong winds and, in Ohio, at least one tornado. The storms followed worse conditions that had swept across the South, unleashing more than a dozen confirmed tornadoes and flooding, killing at least eight people, injuring dozens and flattening much of a Texas town. SENT: 381 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ CHILD KILLED-POLICE CRUISER _ Authorities say a child struck by a police cruiser in northern New Jersey has died from his injuries.

_ EASTER MANNEQUINS _ A New Jersey dentist has resurrected a racy Easter display that was destroyed last week by an angry neighbor.

_ HEROIN RING-ARRESTS _ Authorities say they’ve broken up a heroin distribution ring that sold as much as $400,000 worth of drugs a month.

SPORTS:

BKN--OBIT-MACLEOD

PHOENIX _ John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, has died. He was 81. MacLeod’s son, Matt, confirmed his father’s death Sunday to The Associated Press. The elder MacLeod fought Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.

RAC--MONMOUTH ANNOUNCER

OCEANPORT _ Jason Beem is going to call the thoroughbred races at Monmouth Park for the opening two months of the season.

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