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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

March 28, 2019

Good evening! 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:

TAX INCENTIVES-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON, N.J. _ A company that received tax incentives from New Jersey — by claiming it was considering leaving the state — had at the time of its application already decided to stay put, a whistlebower told a task force Thursday. The testimony from a former financial executive of the company, which was not identified, came during the first public hearing by a task force probing New Jersey’s business tax incentives. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 547 words.

CHOIR COLLEGE

NEWARK, N.J. _ The state attorney general’s office has delayed the pending sale of a New Jersey music college to a Chinese company, echoing concerns raised in a lawsuit seeking to stop the deal. In a letter filed in state Superior Court Wednesday, the state said Rider University hasn’t fully answered questions about the sale of Westminster Choir College, including the reasons for the sale, what it will do with the proceeds and whether a foreign conglomerate is an appropriate buyer. By David Porter. SENT: 412 words.

MINIMUM WAGE-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland became the sixth state in the nation on Thursday to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour. The Maryland General Assembly, which has a supermajority of Democrats, overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025. By Brian Witte. SENT: 562 words.

LOTTERY JACKPOT

NEW BERLIN, Wis. _ A single ticket that matched all six Powerball numbers to win the estimated $768.4 million jackpot — the third-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history — was sold in a Milwaukee suburb, Wisconsin Lottery officials said early Thursday. SENT: 463 words, photos. (AP video also planned).

AROUND THE STATE:

_VIRAL OUTBREAK-PEDIATRIC CENTER _ A New Jersey nursing home where 11 children died following a viral outbreak last year can now resume admitting pediatric ventilator patients.

_FIREFIGHTER-BEARD LAWSUIT _ A New Jersey firefighter who sued to keep a beard he grew for religious reasons has shaved it off after a judge denied his request for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed him to keep his facial hair.

_ SCHOOL SPEAKER-HITLER _ A New Jersey sports official who told student athletes Adolf Hitler was a “good leader” with “bad moral character and intentions” has been suspended.

_ FATHER-DEADLY DWI CRASH _ A New Jersey father who authorities say was driving drunk and speeding when he crashed his car, killing one of his 4-year-old twin sons and seriously injuring the other, is now charged with vehicular homicide.

_ BODY FOUND IN LAKE _ The death of a woman whose body was found in the lake of a northern New Jersey park last weekend has been ruled a homicide.

_ PROSTITUTION RING-MURDER CHARGES _ A man convicted of being an “enforcer” for a large-scale prostitution ring that brought people into the country illegally to work in New Jersey brothels has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.

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