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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 7, 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:

PUBLIC WORKER CONTRACT

TRENTON _ New Jersey’s state workers would get 2 percent raises annually and the state would save $70 million in health benefits under a four-year, $120 million labor contract Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled Thursday. The first-term Democrat announced the deal with the state’s Communication Workers of America and the AFL-CIO representing 32,000 workers on the heels of his second budget address, which finances about $1 billion in new spending with roughly $1 billion in savings from worker health benefits. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 421 words, photos.

MEGA MILLIONS WINNER

ALPHA _ A New Jersey man says he almost forgot his $273 million jackpot-winning Mega Millions lottery at the store where he bought it. Mike Weirsky tells NJ.com he was messing with his phone when he walked out of a Quick Check store in Pohatcong Township and left behind the tickets he had bought. The 54-year-old says a good Samaritan found the tickets and gave them to the store to hold until Weirsky returned. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 275 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

Eds: Developing from 3 p.m. news conference.

SPORTS BETTING-PENALTIES

ATLANTIC CITY _ New Jersey lawmakers want to increase the penalties on casinos and sports books that take bets on prohibited events including games involving college teams from the state. A bill that cleared an Assembly panel Thursday would impose fines at least 10 times higher than one handed out last year for prohibited bets on college football teams from New Jersey. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ MAN TRAPPED IN CAR TRUNK _ Authorities say a girl walking her dog heard screams coming from a car trunk, leading to the discovery of a man who was tied up inside the vehicle.

_ FOOD STAMP SCHEME _ A man who worked at a small grocery store his daughter owned in New Jersey’s largest city is headed to prison for his role in a food stamps for cash scheme that cheated the government out of more than $885,000.

_ BARKING DOGS _ A New Jersey town is putting some bite in an ordinance that could result in hefty fines and even jail time for owners of barking dogs.

SPORTS:

FBN--GIANTS-ROSAS

EAST RUTHERFORD _ The New York Giants have re-signed Pro Bowl placekicker Aldrick Rosas. The Giants didn’t disclose contract details Thursday in announcing the signing of the exclusive rights free agent. By Tom Canavan.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

_ A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big Ten.

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