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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 4, 2019

Good evening! 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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PITTSBURGH _ Companies testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh will have to immediately report crashes resulting in any injuries and have three days to report crashes resulting in any damage, according to guidelines established by the city. The guidelines, part of an executive order signed Monday by Mayor Bill Peduto, are meant to help build public confidence in the testing after a deadly accident in Arizona last year. By Ramesh Santanam. SENT: About 600 words.


HARRISBURG _ Pennsylvania appears to be reflecting national trends in drug abuse, as methamphetamine and cocaine rises while prescription drug and heroin deaths level off in some areas. By Marc Levy. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.


SACRAMENTO _ California and 20 other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration’s effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. By Paul Elias. SENT: About 360 words.


BOSTON — With the official start of spring weeks away, a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the northeastern U.S. overnight Monday, prompting school closures, power outages and a messy morning commute. By Philip Marcelo and Rodrique Ngowi. SENT: About 590 words.




KENNETT SQUARE _ More and more landlords are restricting pets from their properties, but they have no legal recourse from prospective tenants bringing in fake service dogs. “Businesses must permit service animals – dogs or miniature horses – to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go,” said Susann Guy, Chief Operating Officer at Canine Partners for Life in Cochranville. Guy said that today, any pet owner can go online and buy a vest for a dog to pass it off as a service animal and gain access to restaurants, hotels and other businesses. Local landlords are finding that people need only say their dog is a service dog and there is nothing the landlord can do legally to prohibit them from renting the apartment or house, she said. Fran Maye, Daily Local News of West Chester. SENT: About 850 words.


INTERSTATE-WRONG-WAY CRASH _ — State police say the driver of a pickup going the wrong way on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia was taken to a hospital after a crash.

STABBING-ARREST _ Authorities say a suspect was arrested after a stabbing that injured four people in Pennsylvania.

CRASH-TEENS KILLED _ A crash during Sunday evening’s snowstorm has left two teenagers dead and a third injured.

CASHLESS STORES-PHILADELPHIA _ The mayor of Philadelphia has signed off on legislation that would force city stores to take cash, banning so-called cashless stores.



ROSEMONT, Ill. — Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league’s relationship with the Rose Bowl. Over three decades, as Big Ten revenues soared under his leadership, Delany has become one of the most powerful and influential figures in college sports. On Monday, he set an end date for his time as Big Ten commissioner: June 30, 2020, when his current contract expires. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: About 940 words.


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