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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 31, 2019

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. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org

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COURTHOUSE KICKBACKS

WILKES-BARRE _ A federal appeals court has upheld the overturning of convictions of a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge in connection with what prosecutors said were juveniles wrongly sent to detention centers. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated..

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-LAKE ERIE ROBOT

MEADVILLE _ An underwater robot will be roaming Presque Isle Bay to collect water quality data beginning this spring. The robot doesn’t look impressive. It looks like the plumbing under your sink. Built largely of PVC pipe, it cost less than $100 to make. But looks aren’t everything. The robot built by David Boughton of Pennsylvania Sea Grant will carry sensors programmed by Allegheny College computer science professor Janyl Jumadinova and student Elisia Wright. The sensors will gauge water temperatures, pH levels, oxygen content and conductivity — “the essential metrics for water quality,” Jumadinova said — at various locations and depths. Valerie Myers, Erie Times-News. SENT: About 660 words.

SPORTS:

HKN--HURRICANES-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes - both battling for a playoff spot - meet on Sunday night. The Penguins are third in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are currently in the top wild card spot. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 5 p.m. EDT.

HKN --RANGERS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _The New York Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers. By Jeff Neiburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

BBN--PIRATES-REDS

CINCINNATI _ The Pirates and Reds conclude their rain-shortened series, with Trevor Williams facing Sonny Gray. Saturday’s game was postponed. Game time 1:10 p.m. EDT.

BBN--BRAVES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ The Atlanta Braves visit the Philadelphia Phillies.

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