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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 14, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SPORTS BETTING-NJ

FREEHOLD _ Freehold Raceway hopes to show that it can succeed as the third horse racing track to cross the finish line in New Jersey’s red-hot sports betting market. The track just off Route 9 in western Monmouth County has a sports betting license from the state Racing Commission and is looking for a vendor to run a sports book. Freehold does not have a target date to begin sports betting, but a 2019 launch date seems likely. It still needs approval from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 550 words.

HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN

MOUNT HOLLY _ A homeless veteran charged with concocting a feel-good story with a New Jersey couple to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000 will be released from jail pending trial. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ DRUG RING-DOCTOR SENTENCED _ A businessman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiring with a doctor to provide an illegal drug ring with thousands of opioid pills.

_ HOBOKEN WATERFRONT DISPUTE _ Hudson County officials have written a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy urging him to oppose a plan to move a ferry refueling depot to a spot on the Hoboken waterfront where a public park has been envisioned.

_ HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING-HAZING ARRESTS _ Four New Jersey high school students have been arrested in connection with a hazing incident involving the school wrestling team.

_ DRUG RING BUST _ An eight-month investigation in Newark has yielded several arrests in what authorities are calling a major drug ring.

_ POLICE OFFICER-FATAL ACCIDENT _ A judge has sentenced a former New Jersey police officer to 9 ½ years in prison for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

SPORTS:

HKN--KNIGHTS-DEVILS

NEWARK _ The Vegas Golden Knights, the winners of 9 of 11, visit the slumping and road-weary New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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