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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

February 19, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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PHILADELPHIA _ A former Philadelphia police officer has been arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted male witnesses and suspects over more than a decade.


WASHINGTON _ The former New York congressman unseated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to work for a powerhouse lobbying firm. By Richard Lardner. SENT: About 360 words.



CLEONA _ The little town of Cleona is the latest to feel some pressure to allow alcohol sales. Nearly 700 towns across Pennsylvania are dry or partially dry, restricting the sale of beer, wine and liquor to some extent. In the greater Harrisburg region alone, 165 boroughs and townships restrict alcohol sales. Recent changes in state liquor laws have some of these dry towns changing decades-old – sometimes near century-old – statues on prohibition laws. Most recently, efforts began this week in the borough of Cleona, Lebanon County, to bring up a vote to allow the sale of alcohol in a local Giant grocery store. The relaxed state liquor laws have many grocers and convenience stores adding beer and wine to their shelves, leading to a rise in communities weighing the shift from dry to wet. Andrew Kulp and Neil Strebig, Lebanon Daily News.


SUPREME COURT-BILL COSBY _ The Supreme Court is declining to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby that was filed by a woman who says he raped her and later spread lies about her when she came forward.

STATE POLICE-SHOOTING-PARADISE _ Pennsylvania state police shot and wounded a man after he allegedly drove into a police vehicle as troopers tried to arrest him.

SPORTS BETTING-PENNSYLVANIA _ The second full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gamblers double the amount they wagered.

GIRL SHOT _ A 12-year-old boy has been charged in the shooting of a teenage girl who was hit in the face by a gunshot during a church group meeting in a northeast Philadelphia home.

DOG FATALLY SHOT _ State police are probing the death of a dog that was fatally shot at a home in western Pennsylvania.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-SHOOTING _ Authorities say a shooting death following an attempted robbery on an eastern Pennsylvania street has been ruled justified.



NEWARK _ The New Jersey Devils will try to sweep their four-game season series with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game at the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 650, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. EST.


PHILADELPHIA _ The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Philadelphia Flyers..


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