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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

October 5, 2018

Good morning! 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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TOP STORIES:

PRISONS-OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Pennsylvania prison officials say they are seeing positive results from changes to mail and visiting policies imposed after dozens of corrections officers and other employees had to seek medical help for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The agency says cases of suspected staff exposure have plummeted in the month since new policies were announced. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: 700 words.

DROWNING DEATH LAWSUIT

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A New Jersey judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit involving a beach where three people died when the sand collapsed under their feet as they walked along the shoreline in two separate incidents. The city of North Wildwood and the state of New Jersey want Superior Court Judge John Poto to dismiss the lawsuit from the family of Brad Smith, of Horhsam, Pennsylvania, who died in 2012. Arguments will be heard Friday. By Wayne Parry.

IN BRIEF:

—MAN SHOT IN BACK-OFFICER CHARGED — Philadelphia has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a man fatally shot in the back by a police officer.

—PITTSBURGH-FLOODING RESCUES — Pittsburgh officials say they rescued at least six people from vehicles trapped in flood water from heavy rain.

—DEADLY HOUSE EXPLOSION — Pennsylvania investigators are asking to impose a $2.1 million fine on a utility company, alleging violations relating to a gas explosion that leveled a house and killed a utility worker last year.

—MISSING WOMAN-AMNESIA — A woman who couldn’t recall her name when she was found in a New Jersey park this week has been identified by family members in other states who saw her photo on social media.

— SCHOOL SAFETY-STATE GRANTS — A state senator from western Pennsylvania says there will be $154,000 in state grants going toward improving safety in local schools.

— MISSING MAIL — The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of a New Jersey road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job.

— ESCAPED INMATE — An inmate who escaped from custody last month has been captured following a high-speed police pursuit and crash in Philadelphia.

— MISSING WOMAN-AMNESIA — A woman who couldn’t recall her name when she was found in a New Jersey park this week has been identified by family members in other states who saw her photo on social media.

— OHIO RIVER-WATER STANDARDS — A commission that watches over the Ohio River’s health has put off a vote on whether to move away from its role of setting pollution standards for the river.

SPORTS:

CHINA GAMES

SHANGHAI — JJ Redick didn’t miss a shot. Dirk Nowitzki didn’t miss a note. Redick made all 10 of his shots and scored 28 points, Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night in the opener of the NBA China Games.

AP Photos NY153-1004181640.

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