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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

May 15, 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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TOP STORIES:

PEDIATRICIAN-ASSAULT CHARGES

EBENSBURG _ A civil suit alleges that a Pennsylvania pediatric practice knew that one of its physicians was a threat to molest young patients but covered it up. By Michael Rubinkam. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

STEELMAKERS HEADQUARTERS-IMPLOSION

Martin Tower, the 21-story world headquarters of defunct steelmaker Bethlehem Steel Corp., is coming down. By Michael Rubinkam. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

CONGRESS-FEMALE VETERANS

WASHINGTON _ Congresswomen with military service in their past, some of them forged on post-Sept. 11 wars, are hoping to create their own caucus to drive an agenda to support the nation’s growing ranks of female service members. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: About 490 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-AMISH COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT

PHILADELPHIA _ For centuries, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite farmers in Manheim Township have tilled the soil, tended to livestock, and carted goods across rural roads by horse and buggy. Now comes a plan for a sprawling development, complete with a hotel, restaurant, banquet hall, supermarket, convenience store, and 550 homes slated to rise on 75 acres not far from the fields the farmers have tended for generations. Oregon Village, as the development would be called, would dramatically reshape this rural corner of Lancaster County. Supporters say it would revitalize the town, creating jobs and bringing in $3 million in annual tax revenue. Critics say the sprawling development would upend the locals’ deeply-rooted lifestyle and signal the start of a construction boom in an area long known for its agriculture. Katie Park, The Philadelphia Inquirer. SENT: About 1110 words.

IN BRIEF:

OPIOIDS-STUDENT LAWSUIT _ Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is devoting $5 million in federal grants to a student-loan repayment program in high opioid-use areas where there’s a shortage of substance-abuse treatment professionals.

CRACK COCAINE AT PRESCHOOL _ Philadelphia police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy brought about two dozen vials of crack cocaine into a preschool at a Roman Catholic church.

MAN FATALLY STABBED _ Authorities have made an arrest in connection with an attack at a western Pennsylvania apartment that left a man dead and a woman critically injured.

SMALL PLANE CRASH _ Authorities say an experimental plane crashed during takeoff from an airport in western Pennsylvania, but no injuries were reported.

HIGH WATER-SHOREBIRDS _ High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.

HERSHEYPARK=TICKET SCAM _ Hersheypark is warning about a ticket scam that is spreading on social media.

SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _Lefty Gio Gonzalez (1-0) goes for the Brewers and right-hander Jake Arrieta (4-3) starts for the Phillies. By Dan Gelston.

BBN--PIRATES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX _ Pittsburgh plays Arizona at Chase Field.

BKO--AUSTRALIA SIMMONS

SYDNEY _ Ben Simmons is set to play for Australia at the FIBA World Cup after confirming in an online video “I’m going to be a Boomer” for upcoming events. Simmons’ NBA season ended when his Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7-ending buzzer-beater for Toronto. SENT: About 330 words.

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