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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

WOMAN'S PRISON-INVESTIGATION

TRENTON — The U.S. Department of Justice has started an investigation into reports of sexual abuse at a women's prison in New Jersey. The probe will focus on the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County. In the last two years, eight prison employees have been charged with sexually abusing inmates. Last week, a former senior officer at the prison was convicted of counts including sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and official misconduct. By David Porter. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.

STORMY WEATHER

NEW YORK — Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power. Connecticut officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury. An 11-year-old New York girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the car she was in. SENT: 344 words, photos and video.

WITH:

STORMY WEATHER-THE LATEST

STORMY WEATHER-NJ-METEOTSUNAMI

PERTH AMBOY— The National Weather Service says powerful thunderstorms created a small weather-generated tsunami off the New Jersey coast.

BUSINESS:

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-IF I COULD DO IT OVER:

NEW YORK — All business owners probably have things they would do differently if they had a second chance. Ask some owners, and you'll get answers like, I'd be more careful in choosing a name. Or, I wouldn't try to do everything perfectly — I'd focus on the important things. Other common mistakes: Setting prices too low and cutting into profits; being more aggressive with startup money and making sure a product or service is being targeted to the right customers. Some say they were too cautious and should have hired help sooner. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,066 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

— PREP SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE — A New Jersey prep school that acknowledged sexual misconduct against students and other children committed by three faculty members in the 1970s has reached a settlement with nearly two dozen victims.

— ASSAULTED TWICE — Authorities in a New Jersey say a man was assaulted twice in one morning in two completely unrelated crimes.

— ACQUITTED-SHOT TO DEATH — Police say a man who was acquitted of murder late last year was shot to death in Atlantic City earlier this week.

— CHILD PORN CHARGES — An elderly New Jersey man who had thousands of child sex abuse images and videos on his home computer has pleaded guilty to distributing child porn.

___

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.