Copy-News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

A credit rating agency says the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that upholds cuts to public pensioners' cost-of-living payments removes a major threat to the state's fiscal stability. Moody's said...

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Sep 14, 2020, 7:16 PM

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Copy-News Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit bus and rail riders can find out how many passengers they’ll be joining for their trips. The agency on Monday announced a pilot program for its mobile app that allows passengers to see how full their rides are before boarding a bus or train. The agency says green, yellow and red color-coded icons will indicate light, medium or heavy ridership. The information is collected on buses by automated onboard passenger counting technology.  Handheld devices used to scan tickets will provide ridership data on Raritan Valley, Atlantic City and Morris & Essex Lines trains. Customers on other rail lines can input the data until those train crews receive the handheld scanners.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first part of a one-two punch for New Jersey drivers takes effect Sunday with hikes on the state's two major toll roads. The state turnpike authority approved the increases in May over objections of residents who criticized the timing during the pandemic. Tolls will rise 36% on the New Jersey Turnpike and 27% on the Garden State Parkway. Officials say the increases are needed to fund an ambitious capital improvement program and provide critical funding for New Jersey Transit. Next month, the state's gas tax is scheduled to rise about 9 cents to maintain the state's transportation trust fund, as required by law.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning shooting near the Rutgers University campus in New Jersey killed two people and wounded six others. Middlesex County prosecutors and New Brunswick police said officers responding to the scene shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday found eight people with apparent gunshot wounds. Police said the victims were taken to various hospitals and two male victims were pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Police and prosecutors say the investigation so far indicates that “there is no affiliation with Rutgers University or its students.”
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman over the weekend following what officials call a neighborhood dispute. Thirty-two-year-old Marketa Thorpe, reported shot in Atlantic City Saturday morning, was pronounced dead at Atlanticare Regional Medial Center. County prosecutors say 69-year-old Maximo Santiago was apprehended soon afterward, and officials said Sunday he was charged with first-degree murder and weapons counts. Santiago is awaiting a detention hearing; it’s unclear whether he has an attorney and a listed number in his name couldn’t be found Sunday. Authorities haven’t released details about the dispute.
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