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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

July 31, 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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BELLEFONTE — The first member of a Penn State University fraternity to plead guilty in connection with the death of a pledge after a night of drinking and hazing last year will be sentenced on Tuesday. Ryan Burke will learn his punishment after pleading guilty to four counts of hazing and five alcohol violations. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 360 words.


WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them, a fraught effort that’s drawn election-year criticism from both parties. But a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the topic may have a wider focus after the committee’s bipartisan leaders asked federal investigators to probe reports of sexual and other abuse of immigrants at government detention facilities. By Alan Fram. SENT: About 750 words.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. SENT: About 360 words.



CHAMBERSBURG — You can’t run out to get a bite to eat when you’ve been admitted to the hospital, and when you’re visiting you want to stay close. That means eating from the hospital menu, once reputed for the industrial delicacies of green beans from a No. 10 tin can, a square of Jell-O or vending-machine mystery meat. Cafeterias are offering more choices. A quick snack is getting healthier. Jim Hook, (Chambersburg) Public Opinion. SENT: About 930 words.


PRIEST ABUSE-SPOTLIGHT — A retired Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of indecent assault in a case where the victim came forward after watching the movie “Spotlight” to say he’d been molested 25 years ago.

PHILADELPHIA MUSIC FESTIVAL-JAY-Z — The mayor of Philadelphia and Jay-Z have apparently made up after the Made In America Festival controversy earlier this month.

FATAL PLANE CRASH — A small plane that crashed in a North Dakota river and killed the Pennsylvania pilot didn’t appear to have any mechanical problems.

STUDENT STABBED-SENTENCING —A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 6 ½ to 20 years in prison for a stabbing that nearly killed a Kutztown University student.

MISSING SNAKE — A Pennsylvania man’s 7-foot (2-meter) red tail boa constrictor has gone missing. The snake’s name is Vinny and his owner says he disappeared from his East Greenville home about three to four weeks ago.

CHARTER SCHOOL FOUNDER-FRAUD — The sister of a former online public school CEO has been sentenced to probation for helping her brother hide some of the $8 million he stole.

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING — A vigil has been organized for a man shot and killed by police near a popular Pennsylvania amusement park.

POLICE OFFICERS-FENTANYL — Two Philadelphia police officers are out of the hospital after they may have been exposed to fentanyl.



PITTSBURGH — The NL-Central leading Chicago Cubs begin a brief two-game set with the surging Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Jon Lester (12-3, 3.06 ERA) starts for Chicago against Jameson Taillon (7-8, 3.73). By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. EDT.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their bullpen at the trade deadline, adding Texas relieve Keone Kela late Monday night while mulling other moves by the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. EDT.


BOSTON — The Philadelphia Phillies visit the Boston Red Sox. By JImmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 7:10 p.m. EDT.


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