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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 21, 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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THURSDAY’S TOP STORIES:

PENNSYLVANIA POLICE SHOOTING

After prosecutors wrapped up their case, the lawyer for a white former police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager asked a judge Thursday to issue an acquittal on murder charges. By Ramesh Santanam. SENT: 414 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day. Also with: The Latest.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING _ Pennsylvania’s elected fiscal watchdog is urging state lawmakers to rescue a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that’s deep in debt from payments it’s forced to make to the state, despite annual toll increases. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

SAFE INJECTION SITES-PHILADELPHIA

The nation’s first supervised drug injection site is one step closer to opening in Philadelphia. Philly.com reports Thursday the vice president of Safehouse, a nonprofit that wants to open the first site, is in negotiations to sign a lease in Kensington, a neighborhood known as the center of the city’s opioid crisis. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 p.m., 300 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

BAR ROBBERY-WORKER KILLED _ Authorities say a Philadelphia bar worker was shot to death when a patron robbed the business.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH-STUDENTS _ A collision involving a school bus in western Pennsylvania has left three students injured.

HALF-TON COCAINE-PHILADELHIA PORT _ U.S. customs officials say drug dogs sniffed out Philadelphia’s largest seizure of cocaine in more than two decades.

SPORTS:

HKN--GLOBAL SERIES

Jakub Voracek was psyched at the mere suggestion the Philadelphia Flyers might play an NHL game in his native Czech Republic. SENT: 492 words, photo

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 987 words, photos.

BKC--SPORTS BETTING-NCAA TOURNAMENT

College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 625 words, photos.

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