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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

February 5, 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 — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is hours away from delivering his first second-term budget proposal to a joint session of the Legislature, with the Democrat promising a strong commitment to education. By Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: About 350 words at 11:30 a.m. EST start of governor’s budget address with about 700 words by 5 p.m. EST.



JOHNSTOWN _ Dylan Wechtenhiser admits he didn’t know much about the 1977 Johnstown Flood before working on a project for his Forest Hills High School composition class project. Interviewing flood survivors and researching news accounts and historical records gave the ninth-graders some perspective on the disaster. “We learned what some of the people who had to go through the flood had to go through many hardships to survive and to get back to their families and loved ones,” Dylan said. Students in Aspen Mock’s freshman composition classes spent weeks exploring the events of July 20, 1977, and the weeks and months of recovery. By interviewing family members, friends and neighbors who experienced the flood, students were able to see the events from a different perspective, Mock said. Randy Griffith, The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat. SENT: About 810 words.


STATE OF THE UNION-SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING GUESTS _ A Holocaust survivor who escaped the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and a police officer who was wounded responding to the massacre will be among the guests sitting with first lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address.

PRISON GUARDS-SEX ABUSE _ Prosecutors say a former guard at a Pennsylvania county prison forced a female inmate to perform a sex act on him while he stood outside her cell in 2009.

CRASH-PREMATURE BIRTH _ Authorities say a pregnant woman went into premature labor and gave birth after the pickup truck in which she was riding was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver in Philadelphia.

CASHLESS STORES-PHILADELPHIA _ Members of the Philadelphia City Council are considering a bill that would ban cashless stores.

FATAL SKIING ACCIDENT _ Authorities say an 80-year-old man hurt in a skiing accident at a Pennsylvania resort has died from his injuries.

HAWAII-DEADLY CAR CRASH _ A Honolulu police officer estimates that a man was driving 50 mph (80 kph) when he slammed into a group of pedestrians in a crowded intersection, killing three, including a Pennsylvania man.



PHILADELPHIA _ The Toronto Raptors visit the Philadelphia 76ers.


PITTSBURGH _ The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Pittsburgh and Wake Forest meet in a matchup of lower-division ACC teams riding five-game losing streaks. By John Brasier. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7 p.m. EST start.


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