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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest 6 pm, NJ

February 7, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRAIN TERMINAL CRASHES

UNDATED — A lack of required testing for a pernicious sleep disorder was the primary cause of two serious train crashes in New Jersey and New York, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday as they renewed the call for the testing to be mandatory. The crashes involving a New Jersey Transit train at the Hoboken terminal in September 2016 and a Long Island Rail Road train in Brooklyn in January 2017 killed one person, injured more than 200 and caused more than $11 million in damage. By David Porter. SENT: About 730 words, photos.

TRANSIT-RAIL CHIEF

NEWARK — The head of New Jersey Transit’s rail operations is stepping down, continuing a shake-up at the top of the agency as it tackles financial challenges and rider dissatisfaction over delays. By David Porter. SENT: About 410 words.

TROOPER SHOT-SOCIAL MEDIA POST

TRENTON — A black New Jersey state trooper claims he was wrongly fired because he promoted a T-shirt on social media that bore the image of a fugitive convicted in the murder of a trooper in 1973. SENT: About 300 words.

FALSE TSUNAMI WARNING

A private forecasting company took what was intended to be a routine National Weather Service test message and sent it to subscribers’ phones as an official tsunami warning Tuesday morning, the latest in a spate of false alarms since last month. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 540 words.

ENVIRONMENTALIST CHOSEN

TRENTON — A longtime leader of New Jersey’s environmental community has been given the No. 2 job with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, heartening conservationists who cite her years of experience on coastal, pollution and clean energy issues. Debbie Mans, head of the NY/NJ Baykeeper group, will serve as the DEP’s deputy commissioner. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 300 words, photos.

EPA-CLEAN WATER-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK — Eleven Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday sued President Donald Trump’s administration over its decision to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule that would have expanded the number of wetlands and small waterways protected by the Clean Water Act. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: About 300 words.

SUPER BOWL-PARADE PLANS

PHILADELPHIA — An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: About 440 words.

NYPD SURVEILLANCE-LAWSUITS

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s highest court will consider whether the New York Police Department can use a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put Muslims under surveillance. The Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday in the cases of two Muslims who say the NYPD overstepped its reach by responding to a 2012 records request related to the surveillance by saying that it could “neither confirm nor deny” that the records even existed. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m.

POLICE-BYSTANDER KICKED

JERSEY CITY — The driver who led police on a high-speed speed chase that ended in a fiery crash that burned a bystander who allegedly was kicked and dragged by police in New Jersey has accepted a plea agreement. The Jersey Journal reports Leo Pinkston pleaded guilty to eluding and aggravated assault. He is expected to be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison next month. SENT: 250 words.

ACROSS THE STATE:

CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK KILLED

MOUNT HOLLY — A man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a clerk during the 2015 robbery of a New Jersey convenience store.

FIRE-FATHER STABBED

UNION TOWNSHIP — A New Jersey man accused of fatally stabbing his father and setting their family home on fire has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter.

DEADLY BRAWL-MEN STABBED

LUMBERTON — A father and his adult son are facing aggravated assault charges following a fight outside a southern New Jersey home that ended with a New York City man fatally stabbed and another seriously injured.

FATAL SHOOTING-PURSUIT

NEWARK — Authorities say a shooting that left a woman dead ended with the pursuit of the suspect who survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

PHILLIPSBURG MALL

PHILLIPSBURG — A New Jersey mall owner is looking at alternatives for the property’s future following the recent loss of two anchor stores.

SEPTA-WIRE PROBLEMS

PHILADELPHIA — SEPTA riders in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are getting back on track following Amtrak wire problems.

SCHOOLS CLOSED-FLU

BRANCHBURG — It’s back to school for more than 2,000 students in New Jersey who got the day off because too many school bus drivers had the flu.

TROOPER-CHOKING INFANT

PISCATAWAY — Officials say an off-duty New Jersey State Trooper helped saved the life of a choking two-week-old infant.

STOLEN PUPPIES

BELLEVILLE — New Jersey township police say one of the two puppies stolen from their owner’s home early last week has been recovered.

SPORTS:

METS-FRAZIER

NEW YORK — Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier is switching sides close to home, set to join the New York Mets and take over a spot that’s been in flux since David Wright got injured. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday night that Frazier and the Mets had agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending a successful physical. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: About 660 words, photo.

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