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AP-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

August 20, 2018

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.

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UNION CITY — The predicted traffic apocalypse caused by a major road-and-bridge project leading to New York City was a spectacular dud, at least during Day One’s morning rush on Monday. Cars streamed along Route 495 toward the Lincoln Tunnel on the first full day of lane closures to accommodate the rebuilding and resurfacing of the 80-year-old viaduct that connects the New Jersey Turnpike to the tunnel. By David Porter. SENT: 483 words.

Eds: Will be updated following afternoon commute.




ATLANTIC CITY — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund’s allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her has led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year’s contestants. In a Twitter post late Sunday night whose authenticity was verified by the Miss America Organization, Carlson, the former Fox News host, wrote that she was “surprised and saddened beyond words” by Mund’s letter on Friday complaining of how she has been treated during her nearly one year reign as Miss America. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 654 words, photos.


— Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states across the country to join Nevada in having legalized sports betting. Since then, sports books have opened in Delaware, Mississippi and New Jersey. A West Virginia casino is set to take bets within two weeks, with other states not far behind. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1,212 words, photos.


— HOUSE FIRE-FIREFIGHTER INJURED — Authorities say a firefighter became trapped inside a southern New Jersey home while battling a blaze and had to be rescued by his colleagues.

— FATAL CRASH — New Jersey State Police say a 73-year-old woman died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV.


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