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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

August 23, 2018

Good morning! 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. Kristen de Groot is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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GOVERNOR 2018-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is agreeing to participate in just one debate before the November election with his Republican rival, an event to be moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. Wolf’s campaign said Wednesday that’ll be his only debate. That prompted Republican Scott Wagner’s campaign to accuse Wolf of being afraid to defend himself in front of Pennsylvanians. By Marc Levy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m. ET.

MYSTERY SUBSTANCE-PRISON STAFF SICKENED

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s state prison system is tightening security and revamping procedures after 18 staff members were treated at hospitals for exposure to a yet-unidentified substance at three prisons earlier this month. Corrections Department spokeswoman Amy Worden says state police investigators are testing the substance. She describes it as a “liquid synthetic drug that’s taking different forms.” By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 450 words.

CLERGY ABUSE-CATHOLIC WOMEN

NEW YORK — Advocates of ordaining women as Roman Catholic priests cite the church’s unfolding sex abuse scandals as powerful arguments for their cause, while acknowledging the high unlikelihood of achieving their goal anytime soon. Even with extensive grassroots support for letting women become priests, Pope Francis and the Vatican’s male-dominated hierarchy have stressed repeatedly that a men-only priesthood is a divine mandate that cannot be changed. By David Crary. SENT: 1,100 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— ATHLETE KILLED — A second teenager has been arrested in the slaying of an incoming freshman scheduled to compete in track and field for Penn State.

— BOY SCOUT-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Authorities say a former Boy Scout leader in Pennsylvania has admitted he sexually assaulted three scouts over a number of years.

— FATAL SHOOTING — Philadelphia police are searching for two suspects who they say killed two men in a drive-by shooting.

— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT — Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.

—PUPPY MILL-DOGS RESCUED — Animal welfare agents in Pennsylvania rescued about 100 German Shorthaired Pointers from a suspected puppy mill after neighbors alerted authorities to deplorable conditions.

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