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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

November 23, 2018

Good morning! 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. Bruce Shipkowski is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ROAD SALT-STICKER SHOCK

ALBANY, N.Y. — Budget-busting road salt prices are leaving municipal officials in the Snow Belt hoping for a mild winter. Salt supplies are tight on the heels of a harsh winter last year that depleted reserves, leaving many localities in the Northeast and Great Lakes to pay prices ranging from 5 percent higher to almost double. By Michael Hill. SENT: 522 words.

HOLIDAY-BLACK FRIDAY

NEW YORK — Retailers aren’t just ushering the official start of the holiday season with the usual expanded hours and fat discounts on big TVs and toys. They’re offering new ways for shoppers to get deals online and in the store easier and faster in the age of instant gratification. By Joseph Pisani and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 821 words, photos and videos.

IN BRIEF:

— HOUSE FIRE-PITTSBURGH — Authorities say two of the three people critically injured in a house fire in a Pittsburgh neighborhood this week have died.

— POST OFFICE-LESS TOWN — Three months after a fire closed their post office and with Christmas approaching, frustration is mounting for residents of one Pennsylvania town.

— PRISON GUARDS-SEX ABUSE — Attorneys in the trial of a prison guard accused of sexually abusing female inmates are at odds over whether the testimony of a now-deceased inmate should be admitted as evidence.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-PITTSBURGH-MIAMI PREVIEW

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In the final Miami home game of the season, Hurricane fans will get to watch the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division champions. They just won’t be cheering for them. Fortunes for Pitt and Miami have reversed in the last 12 months. The Panthers and Hurricanes are meeting in a regular-season finale for the second straight year — but this time, it’s No. 24 Pitt (7-4, 6-1, No. 24 College Football Playoff) that comes in already having clinched the Coastal and Miami (6-5, 3-4) enduring a year where its brief reign atop the division ended and tons of problems presented themselves.

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