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Poster of shooting suspect Jhymiere Moore (Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ)

Lawyer: Paterson Suspect A "Scapegoat" - As the 19-year-old charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl prepared to make his first court appearance today, his lawyer says Jhymiere Moore is a scapegoat. The lawyer said his client was offered up by violence weary and scared residents but had nothing to do with the shooting of Genesis Rincon. Moore turned himself in to police after hearing he was a target of the investigation. His lawyer says he has never had a gun and police confirm they did not find one. Funeral services will be held tonight for Genesis; she will be buried Saturday morning.

Low Death Rate - A new study finds New Jersey, compared to other states, has one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation.

Dangerous Crossings - More than a third of our state's rural bridges need repair or replacement. There are over 1,100 such bridges in rural New Jersey, which are deemed structurally deficient. In other words, safe but in need of repair. A Washington-based research firm says the outdated bridges threaten commuters as well as our agriculture businesses.

Livin' Large - On the heels of a report that the Newark school district spent $22,000 a month for 15 months on catered meals and take out food, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) is calling on an existing legislative panel to probe the scandal. He wants the Bridgegate committee to take action on this issue.

Protecting the Beach - The start of a sheet piling project in Mantoloking is just one of the Sandy recovery projects ongoing.

Hiding in Plain Sight - A New Jersey man who was caught on video punching another man in the head in New York City was found hiding on the roof of a Turnpike toll plaza. He had already been arrested for throwing that punch, but while he was being transported by the NYPD he jumped out of their cruiser. A short time later he was found on top of the toll plaza. He is facing multiple charges.

Killed on the Job - A Turnpike employee has been killed, hit by a truck as he stopped to pick up a piece of tire in the roadway. Anthony Gallone had his maintenance truck stopped with it's yellow lights flashing, when he was hit by the 20-year old driver of a box truck. He was dead on the scene. No charges have been filed.

Atlantic City's Future - A five-year revitalization plan for Atlantic City basically swore off any discussion of outside gambling until that plan expires in 2016. But now we learn that Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney could both be open to putting the issue before voters next year. The mayor of Atlantic City is responding today.

"Empire's" Final Season - The end is near for Nucky Thompson. The final season of “Boardwalk Empire will have only eight episodes. Premieiring September 7, the show will jump seven years into the future during the Great Depression. The HBO promos show a very bleak world.

Border Crisis - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says customs and border protection will run out of money by mid-September if Congress doesn't approve President Barack Obama's request for an additional $3.7 billion in funds. More than 57,000 child immigrants have been caught crossing the Mexican border since Oct. 1. Republicans in Congress want speedier deportations, which could be part of a compromise between lawmakers.



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