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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 26, 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:

CLERGY ABUSE-SETTLEMENT

ERIE— A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who made him say confession after the assaults.

LEGISLATURE-CHRISTIAN INVOCATION-MUSLIM

HARRISBURG _ The first Muslim woman to be elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature says she was offended by a fellow member’s Christian prayer invocation that drew objections as being inappropriately divisive.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SHOE HOUSE

YORK _ Less than a month after Melanie Schmuck died, the Haines Shoe House she co-owned opened to visitors for a new season on the first day of spring. Jeff Schmuck, Melanie’s husband, said he will handle behind-the-scenes aspects of the business. The pair bought the iconic landmark, which can be seen from Route 30, in 2015. “We have a great team of helpers and tour guides that helped Mel out in the past, as well as some fresh faces helping out,” Schmuck said by email. “It was not an easy decision (to reopen), as the shoe became synonymous with Mel. The famous roadside attraction means so much to us, we simply must try. Mel would have wanted to keep it going for future generations, and so do I.” Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record. SENT: About 730 words.

IN BRIEF:

VOTING MACHINES-PENNSYLVANIA _ Pennsylvania’s top elections official says one-third of the state’s counties are advancing plans to install new voting systems ahead of 2020′s presidential election.

LEAD PIPES-PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS _ A report by an environmental and consumer advocacy group is giving Pennsylvania an “F″ for its efforts to remove lead from drinking water in schools.

DENTAL CLINICS CLOSED _ Three dental offices in Philadelphia have been closed for what city health officials say was improper reprocessing and sterilization of dental equipment, along with lapses in injection safety practices.

NEARLY NAKED CHILD-ENDANGERMENT _ A western Pennsylvania mom faces felony child endangerment charges after her 3-year-old daughter was found standing outside nearly naked in near-freezing conditions.

SOAPY CRASH-TURNPIKE _ A crash involving a tractor-trailer has sent jugs of dish soap spilling out onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike, shutting down a portion of the highway.

SPORTS:

BBO--PIRATES-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Houston prospect J.B. Bukauskas opposes Pittsburgh’s Brandon Maurer when the Astros and Pirates wrap up spring training with an exhibition game. By Kristie Rieken.

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