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NEWARK — Several months after incoming Gov. Phil Murphy termed the nation's largest statewide transportation system "a national disgrace" and vowed substantial reforms, rail commuters have been subject to a brutal summer of train delays and cancellations due to crew shortages. By David Porter. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1:30 p.m.


TRENTON — Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie promised when he took office in 2010 to have New Jersey state agencies provide the public with monthly performance reports. But the administration wasn't always able to meet that target. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's administration says it will keep the governor's performance center on going but it is promising "periodic" — not monthly — reports, which the administration says will mean about quarterly and more accurately reflect the data agencies use for the reports. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 417 words.


GREENFIELD, Mass. — American correctional institutions are slowly loosening resistance to giving inmates medication for their opioid addiction. The U.S. Department of Justice says roughly 300 of the nation's 5,100 correctional facilities offer the medications. Criminal justice analyst Andrew Klein says that number has grown from just a handful in the years prior to the opioid epidemic. By Philip Marcello. SENT: 981 words, photos and video.


— PLAYGROUND TORCHED — Three teenagers are accused of setting fire to a New Jersey playground that was designed for special needs students.

— TRUMP-LEBRON — New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says President Donald Trump's attack on NBA star LeBron James is part of a larger pattern of racist behavior.

— BACHELOR PARETY-DROWNING — A bachelor party contest to see who could stay underwater the longest ended in death when police say one competitor didn't resurface.

— COLLEGE STUDENT-CHANGED GRADES — A college student who broke into a school office four times so he could steal passwords and change his grades has been spared a prison term.

— REPORTER ATTACKED — Authorities say a Philadelphia woman attacked a reporter during a court hearing in New Jersey.

— DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED FUND — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are launching a $4.3 million fund to support conservation efforts in the Delaware River watershed.

— INVASIVE BEETLE — Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month.


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