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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

February 17, 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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HARRISBURG _ Forty years after Three Mile Island became synonymous with America’s worst commercial nuclear power accident, the prospect of bailing out nuclear power plants is stirring debate at the highest levels of Pennsylvania and the federal government. By Marc Levy. SENT: About 760 words, photos.



PLYMOUTH _ Margaret Bau was shivering as she remembered stories about her great-grandmother Gwendolyn Lake, the mother of one of 10 girls and young women who died horrible deaths in the borough 130 years ago this month. Gwendolyn’s daughter Mary was 16 when she perished while working at the Powell Squib Factory on Feb. 25, 1889. A series of explosions leveled the factory, where mostly young women and teenage girls worked to produce squibs — small explosive detonators used in coal mining. During a 130th Remembrance of the Powell Squib Factory Disaster at Shawnee Cemetery on Saturday, Bau and cemetery preservation association member Ruth Jesso placed a wreath of tulips at the base of a monument the mourning townsfolk had erected in memory of the victims. Steve Mocarsky, The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice. SENT: About 680 words.


SNOW GOOSE HUNT _ The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the state’s spring snow goose hunt will take place from March 11 through April 26.



DETROIT _ The Philadelphia Flyers visit the Detroit Red Wings.


PITTSBURGH _ The New York Rangers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The U.S. Soccer Federation has given provisional third division sanctioning to the proposed National Independent Soccer Association. The NISA said last September it will start play in August 2019, and it has announced teams in Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; an unspecified site in Connecticut; and Philadelphia. It would join three other sanctioned men’s leagues: first tier Major League Soccer, the second tier United Soccer League Championship and the third tier USL League 1. SENT: About 220 words.


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