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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

August 30, 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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PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the federal government will take swift and aggressive legal action if Philadelphia and other cities open supervised injection sites for illegal drug users. Rosenstein made the comments in an interview with WHYY on Wednesday. U.S. Department of Justice officials had previously declined to comment on the sites that Philadelphia and about a dozen other jurisdictions are considering in response to the opioid crisis, other than to say they would be illegal.


HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge is halting the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ policy banning nonbelievers from giving the invocations made at the start of legislative floor sessions. U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher Conner on Wednesday sided with atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists who challenged the policy that has limited the opening prayers to those who believe in God or a divine or higher power. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: 450 words.


CINCINNATI — Officials say the substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a heroin and fentanyl mixture. Prison staff and inmates at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe were treated Wednesday with an anti-overdose drug after an inmate showed drug overdose signs and some people experienced symptoms consistent with fentanyl exposure. The State Highway Patrol says an inmate and staff member remained hospitalized. Officials declined further comment Thursday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


—FUNERAL THEFTS — Police in western Pennsylvania say they’ve arrested a woman suspected of stealing items from the vehicles of people attending a funeral.

—MUMIA ABU-JAMAL — Arguments in a request by former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE’-ah AH’-boo jah-MAHL’) to have his previous appeals vacated have been postponed.

— GREAT LAKES-CRUISE SHIPS — A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes.

— COAL PLANT CLOSINGS — An Ohio-based energy company is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.



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