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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Coverage Advisory, 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. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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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.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A California man denied Wednesday that he killed a University of Pennsylvania student because the victim was gay. Samuel Woodward, 21, who has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, appeared in court and also denied a hate-crime allegation connected to the killing of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein, the Orange County Register reported. With AP photos.


— 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.


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