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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

February 13, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW JERSEY

NEWARK _ The Archdiocese of Newark released a list Wednesday of 63 Roman Catholic clergy members that it said have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors dating back to 1940. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the archbishop, said in a statement that he hoped the disclosure “will help bring healing to those whose lives have been so deeply violated.” New Jersey is one of more than two dozen states where dioceses have released the names of abusive clergy members since a Pennsylvania grand jury report in August identified over 300 predator priests. By David Porter and Claudia Lauer. SENT: 312 words.

SPORTS BETTING

ATLANTIC CITY _ New Jersey gambling regulators reveal how much money was wagered in the run-up to the Super Bowl, the first pro football championship game in which sports betting was legal in the state. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ DOG LEFT TO DROWN _ A man accused of leaving a young pit bull mix to drown in a cage at water’s edge in a rising tide last summer has been indicted on animal cruelty charges.

_ WATER CONTAMINANTS _ New Jersey town officials say the water they receive from the Newark city water supply has spiked in contaminants.

_ SCALLOP HEARINGS _ Federal fishing managers are holding a series of hearings along the East Coast to gather feedback about potential changes to the rules governing the U.S.’s lucrative Atlantic ocean scallop fishery.

_ BODY FOUND-AIRPORT _Police say a man found dead near the Lebanon Municipal Airport in New Hampshire died of a combination of hypothermia and methamphetamine intoxication.

_ AMERICAN IDOL-FENTANYL _ A recently unsealed court document says a former contestant on both “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” worked as a courier for a drug ring and was trying to deliver nearly 2 pounds (830 grams) of fentanyl when she was arrested last year.

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