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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

November 26, 2018

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. Bruce Shipkowski is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

CASEY-POLITICAL FUTURE

HARRISBURG, Pa. — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey had barely won a third term in office before the Pennsylvania Democrat began saying he’s open to the idea of running for president in 2020. On Monday, Casey’s campaign released a memo making the case for Casey’s electoral effectiveness in a state that was crucial to President Donald Trump’s capturing the White House. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

IMPLANT FILES-PITCHING PAIN

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — For years, medical device companies and doctors have touted spinal-cord stimulators as a panacea for millions of patients suffering from a wide range of pain disorders, making them one of the fastest-growing products in the $400 billion medical device industry. Companies and doctors aggressively push them as a safe antidote to the deadly opioid crisis in the U.S. and as a treatment for an aging population in need of chronic pain relief. But the stimulators more dangerous than many patients know, an Associated Press investigation found. They account for the third-highest number of medical device injury reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with more than 80,000 incidents flagged since 2008. By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr.

ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-Q&A-MICK JAGGER

NEW YORK — Mick Jagger likes a buzz. A natural buzz. The Rolling Stones frontman, who will tour America next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring. By Mesfin Fekadu.

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IN BRIEF:

—ROAD RAGE SHOOTING DEATH — A sentencing date has been set for a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting death of a recent high school graduate during a road rage confrontation.

—DEER RIFLE SEASON — Thanksgiving is over but for many around Pennsylvania Monday marks the start of an unofficial holiday: the opening of deer rifle season. The season goes until Dec. 8.

—POLICE SHOOTING-DEPARTMENT CLOSING — The town where an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by an officer is disbanding its police department, and Pennsylvania State Police will provide police services there starting this weekend.

— POLICE-BODY CAMERAS — Officials say all Pittsburgh police officers will be equipped with body cameras by next year.

— FLOOD ADVISORY — Southeastern Pennsylvania could experience flooding as storms move through the area.

— FREE PARKING — The Philadelphia Parking Authority has given the city a gift for the holidays, offering free street parking on Saturdays until the end of the year.

SPORTS:

FLYERS-HEXTALL FIRED

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have fired general manager Ron Hextall. Hextall was fired Monday after 4 ½ seasons on the job and the Flyers struggling with a 10-11-2 record under coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers are coming off a 6-0 loss at Toronto and already have used five goalies this season. By Dan Gelston.

T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Gonzaga is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25, leapfrogging Kansas after winning the Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs were third in last week’s poll and moved ahead of No. 2 Kansas following Wednesday’s thrilling win over former No. 1 Duke in the Maui title game. Gonzaga received 32 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel in the poll released Monday, edging Kansas by one. By John Marshall.

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