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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

April 2, 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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NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TUNNELS

NEW YORK _ With key federal funding nowhere in sight for a new, $13 billion rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey, project organizers are taking a hard look at whether to shift focus to performing significant repairs to the existing, 108-year-old tube, similar to what is being done with New York’s L train line. By David Porter. UPCOMING:: 450 words by 3:30 p.m.

BAIL OVERHAUL-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON _ A new study shows New Jersey’s 2-year-old bail overhaul led to 40% drop in the number of people in jail in 2018 compared with 2012. The state court system released its 2018 annual report on the 2017 criminal justice overhaul that largely did away with the state’s cash bail system. The 52-page report found 6,000 fewer people, or 40%, in jail in October 2018 compared with the same date in October 2012. By Michael Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

SPORTS BETTING-FALLING SHORT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Most states that moved quickly to legalize sports betting after a recent Supreme Court decision are still waiting for the expected payoff. Tax revenue has so far fallen far short of expectations in four of the six states where gambling on sporting events started last year, according to an Associated Press analysis. By Jennifer McDermott and Geoff Mulvihill. 950 words. Photos.

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_ AP data distribution providing state legislative tracker and relevant state revenue figures.

NEW JERSEY BEACH TRASH

SANDY HOOK _ Volunteers cleaning up New Jersey beaches last year found everything but the kitchen sink. Oh wait, they found one of those, too. Unsurprisingly, nearly 82 percent of the trash removed during Clean Ocean Action’s beach sweeps last spring and fall was plastic, including beverage bottles, shopping bags, straws and stirrers, and foam pieces. Interestingly, the number of cigarette butts picked up — 22,000 — was down by nearly a quarter from a year earlier. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 411 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE

WASHINGTON _ How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it’s 300-plus events, 26 states and hundreds of voter questions. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but the Democratic primary campaign is already an all-out sprint — passing eye-popping markers for campaign activity and voter engagement. Voters in Florida and Ohio may not see it, but weekends in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — not to mention a handful of select states — are a blitz of candidate rallies and local meet-and-greets. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,145 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ OFFICER CHARGED-PATIENT ATTACK _ A former New Jersey police officer who concealed the assault of a hospital patient last year has been sentenced to six months in prison.

_ STUDENTS CRASH SCHOOL’S WI-FI _ Authorities say two northern New Jersey boys successfully crashed their high school’s Wi-Fi network on multiple occasions to get out of taking exams.

_ DOCTOR-PATIENT SEX ASSAULT _ Authorities say a pediatric gastroenterologist sexually assaulted one of his patients repeatedly over several years.

_ GUN FOUND-NEWARK AIRPORT _ A Pennsylvania man found with a gun at a New Jersey airport told authorities he is on a competitive shooting team and forgot he had the weapon with him.

_ POLAND SPRING LAWSUIT _ A judge has given new life to a class-action lawsuit accusing Poland Spring of selling water that’s sourced from wells, not springs.

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