Today in New Jersey’s First News:

There is no making sense this morning of the tragedy in the quiet town of Tabernacle. Two children were shot to death.  Their mother and a sibling critically wounded.  State police, who describe a horrific crime scene, have now identified all four. There have been no arrests but police say the public is not in danger. Nine people were living in the home at the time of the attacks, all of them related. There was a candlelight vigil last night in town for the victims, with most just asking why.

The snow is stopping in the Buffalo area, now piled seven feet high in some areas.  It may still take days for residents to dig out.  Digging out could be complicated by warmer weather.  Temperatures in the 50's could cause melting and flooding.

The NFL has decided to move Sundays Bills-Jets game to Detroit Monday night.  However, most of the Bills players remain stranded in their homes, unable to get to the stadium or the airport.

Republicans plan to respond this morning to President Barack Obama's changes in the immigration system that could shield some 5 million people from deportation living illegally in the U.S.

In his speech Thursday, President Obama says his immigration reform deal offers work permits to those who've been here for more than five years and those who have children who are American citizens or legal residents.

The president's executive actions will be finalized Friday with the signing of a presidential memorandum at a rally in Las Vegas.

The president's executive order for immigration reform isn't inspiring too much confidence.

A Florida woman is the latest person to publicly accuse comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her when she was younger.  The now 57-year old woman says Cosby attacked her backstage in 1976 following a show in Las Vegas when she was 19.

The crumbling Atlantic City casino market is worsening this morning.  A buyer for the failed revel backed out this week.  A judge is about to consider the liquidation of the Taj Mahal casino after it closes in December.  Now Caesar's entertainment, the owner of three remaining casinos, is expected to file bankruptcy soon.

New Jersey's unemployment rate may be up just a bit, but there is a silver lining.

A New York City man was arrested in south jersey when he thought he went to meet a 13-year old girl for sex.  66-year old Michael Tway Smith had been chatting online with the girl, who was actually an undercover agent.  He showed up at a convenience store in maple shade to meet her and was arrested.

You've probably heard of the case where a judge ruled that divorced New Jersey parents must pay for their estranged daughter's out-of-state-college tuition even though they agreed on plan to send her to a less expensive Garden State College. A new bill is in the works to address the issue.

Thousands shopped at the Columbus Market Thursday and more are expected today.  The outside vendors are set up, despite fire to one of the main buildings at the historic market.  The remaining buildings will open next Wednesday.

Good news/bad news on the employee benefits front.  Most companies say they will continue to provide health coverage but most in a new survey also expect those benefits to cover less and cost more.

Nearly 1.2 million New Jerseyans plan to travel 50 miles or more from home this thanksgiving according to a survey by AAA. Most plan to travel by car. Overall, Thanksgiving holiday travel is expected to reach the highest level since 2007 with 46.3 Americans taking a trip.

A judge is expected to rule today if New Jersey racetracks and casinos can legally take sports bets. The influential senator who has been spearheading the effort to legalize sports wagering in the Garden State says win or lose today, the case is far from settled.

A new report finds solar power use in New Jersey is growing so quickly, goals that were once considered "lofty" for the state, are now within reach.

Cape May County has some brainiacs living there.  Forbes magazine ranked Ocean City as the third smartest town in the U.S.  It wasn't based on any I-Q test, Forbes just looked at the percentage of residents with a college degree.


WEATHER from chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow:

TODAY... Mostly sunny and breezy. Wind chills in the 20s. Highs 34-39

TONIGHT... Clear and cold. Lows 18-25

TOMORROW... A few clouds. Not as cold. Highs 40-46

To view Dan’s extended 5-day forecast, click HERE.



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New Jersey’s First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.