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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 3, 2018

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. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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HARRISBURG — Fights for U.S. House seats being waged by Democrats are shaping up as the most closely watched contests in Pennsylvania, as the state’s races for governor and U.S. Senate are relegated to relative backburner status. By Marc Levy. SENT: About 790 words.


MADISON, Wis. — Democrats know who their voters are. They just have to figure out how to get them to the polls in November. That’s where NextGen America comes in. The group founded by liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is in the midst of a $30 million-plus campaign in 11 battleground states to contact young voters, get them registered and have them pledge to follow through in November. By Scott Bauer. SENT: About 950 words.


WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower’s trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country’s outgoing president for his help on border security and agriculture. Both developments offered fresh evidence of how Trump has made trade policy the connective tissue that ties together different elements of his “America First” foreign policy and syncs up them with his political strategy for the 2020 presidential election. By Ken Thomas. SENT: About 830 words.


GRANT TOWN, W.Va. — President Donald Trump picked West Virginia as the place to announce he’d roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn’t mention that coal country would be hit the hardest by the health impacts. By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Raby. SENT: About 1260 words.



MILLSBORO — While piloting a tow boat on the Mississippi, Michael Hughes spotted a boat he recognized about 4 or 5 miles downriver near Tunica, Miss. It was a 125-foot-long, 35-foot-wide riverboat with three decks, whose stern was rebuilt at a shipyard he once managed. “I recognized the boat from that far away,” he said. Hughes, a former tow boat captain, decided to buy the boat in 2016 with “a bunch of my retirement and discretionary funds.” Following his purchase, he and two friends navigated the boat 1,274 miles up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to a dock near his home in Millsboro. In view from his back yard, the ship is currently undergoing as much restoration as the Coast Guard will allow before it’s dry docked at Campbell Transportation in Dunlevy. There, the boat will get its final restoration work, as well as any necessary repairs prior to its inspection by the Coast Guard. Dave Zuchowski, (Washington) Observer-Reporter.


GOP OFFICIAL-RACIST POSTS — A central Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “baboons” in a Facebook post has resigned.

PRISONS-OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS — State corrections officials said earlier that the cause of similar symptoms that prompted lockdowns at a number of facilities is believed to have been a clear, odorless chemical known as synthetic marijuana.

MISSING FUGITIVE-BRIDGE — Authorities say skeletal remains found on an island in the Delaware River in New Jersey have been identified as a Pennsylvania fugitive believed to have jumped into the Lehigh River upstream in January.



MIAMI — Vince Velasquez tries for his 10th victory Monday when the Philadelphia Phillies open a three-game series at Miami. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 1:10 p.m. EDT.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds open up a three-game series with a Labor Day matinee on Monday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 1:35 p.m. EDT.


PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Nick Foles will start against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Pederson made the announcement on Monday, one day after a testy exchange with reporters in which he insisted he wanted to wait.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers begin practice for their Week 1 opener against Cleveland without running back Le’Veon Bell. The All-Pro has yet to sign his franchise tender, leaving his status in doubt. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EDT.


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