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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

May 2, 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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NEW YORK TRANSIT WOES

NEW YORK _ The increasing challenges posed by the New York area’s aging rail infrastructure came into sharp focus Thursday as a congressional delegation prepared to get a firsthand look at the country’s busiest station on the same day commuters learned about summer schedule disruptions due to track repairs. It’s the second time in three years that the replacement of equipment at Penn Station promises to cause delays during morning and afternoon peak periods for thousands of riders. By David Porter. SENT: 535 words.

TAX INCENTIVES-NEW JERSEY

NEWARK _ A task force investigating New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar business tax incentive programs is holding its second public hearing. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy created the task force this year after a state comptroller’s audit showed the state authority that oversees the programs failed in some cases to verify that businesses met required benchmarks. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

PIPELINE-EMMINENT DOMAIN

FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ A Virginia-based legal group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end what it says has become an abuse of eminent domain by companies that build natural-gas pipelines. The Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia, says judges are increasingly allowing pipeline companies to defer payments to landowners whose property is condemned to allow for pipeline construction. They argue the process deprives landowners leverage to n negotiate the land’s value. By Mattahew Barakat. SENT: 866 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ GUNS FOUND-NEWARK AIRPORT _ A Kentucky man who allegedly had two loaded guns in his carry-on bag at a New Jersey airport is now facing several weapons charges.

_ DEADLY CRASH-SUBMERGED VEHICLE _ A man accused of causing the deaths of a couple killed when a crash sent their minivan plunging into frigid waters in New Jersey has been indicted on aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges.

_ MILITARY CONTRACTOR-BRIBES _ A Pennsylvania man who took bribes in a scheme involving construction projects at two New Jersey military bases is now headed to prison.

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