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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

January 12, 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. 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:

GASOLINE CLERK FATALLY SHOT

YORK _ The trial of a man accused of gunning down a clerk at a central Pennsylvania gas station during a botched robbery has ended in a mistrial.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-THE GROIN CRUSHER

PHILADELPHIA _ Nobody ever warns the patients at Pennsylvania Hospital about Pete Schiavo, “The Groin Crusher.” The first time most people meet Schiavo, they’ve just come out of a coronary procedure and he’s explaining that after the catheters are pulled out of their femoral artery, he’s going to apply pressure to their groin for 20 to 40 minutes to aid in clotting. By Stephanie Farr, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

EXCHANGE--TREE OF LIFE-BLANKET PROJECT

PITTSBURGH _ When Yarns by Design, an Oakmont yarn shop, launched the Tree of Life Afghan Project after a horrific shooting at the Squirrel Hill synagogue to show support for those who worshipped there, the response was overwhelming. By early December, more than 1,000 knitted or crocheted squares had arrived from across the globe. Now volunteers will be working to complete the project by seaming the squares into an estimated 50 blankets. By M. Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

EXCHANGE-BUDDIES IN BLUE

FRANCONIA, Pa. _ Buddies in Blue, which was started as a pilot program the beginning of the school year, matches up six Franconia Township Police Department officers with five students, she said. All five of the students in the program are part of single-mother homes, and have experienced tragedies in their lives that may have influenced their view of police officers. By Bob Keeler, Souderton Independent.

EXCHANGE-ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES

DURYEA, Pa. _ It wasn’t only the stone tool _ possibly more than 8,000 years old _ that excited Al Pesotine. It was also where volunteers with a local archaeology group found it — next to a fire pit at the group’s dig site in Duryea. By Bill Wellock, The Citizens’ Voice.

EXCHANGE-INNOVATIVE OPIOID PROGRAM

SCRANTON, Pa. _ A collaborative new program caters to moms and moms-to-be struggling with opioids in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties, where the rate of hospitalized infants born dependent on drugs in fiscal 2016 and 2017 was about twice the state average. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as infant drug withdrawal, is the technical term for a group of problems that occur in infants exposed to addictive drugs, often opioids, while in the womb. It’s a chilling testament to the opioid epidemic’s far-reaching effect on some of society’s most vulnerable — a population that often includes mothers and pregnant women battling their own drug addictions. By Jeff Horvath, The Times-Tribune.

IN BRIEF:

SPORTS:

FBN--EAGLES-SAINTS PREVIEW

NEW ORLEANS _ Sean Payton sounded dubious about the prospect of the Philadelphia Eagles somehow deriving extra motivation from a lopsided loss in New Orleans back in November. Yet the Saints coach does by the notion that the Eagles have played better heading into Sunday’s rematch in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. By 1 p.m. EDT.

HKN--FLYERS-DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. _ The Philadelphia Flyers come to the Prudential Center to play the New Jersey Devils in a game between two Eastern Conference teams facing uphill battles to get back into playoff contention in the second half of the season. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING. 650, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

HKN--PENGUINS-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKC--T25-PITTSBURGH-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 15 North Carolina State looks to bounce back from its second loss of the season when the Wolfpack play host to Pittsburgh. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from noon EDT start.

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