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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Coverage Advisory, PA

December 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.



HARRISBURG _ Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage. Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can’t it also have a state toy? Swaim, a retired math teacher from Springfield Township in upper Bucks County, has made it his mission over the last five years to persuade the state legislature to do just that with the Slinky, the springy, walking wonder that became on overnight sensation in the 1940s — thanks to shoppers in Philadelphia. It saw a resurgence with a generation of latchkey kids in the 1980s and is still being produced today at a plant outside Altoona. By Angela Couloumbis. An AP Member Exchange from The Philadelphia Inquirer.


_ POLICE CHIEF-SEX ABUSE CHARGES _ A western Pennsylvania town is uneasy about the upcoming release from prison of its former police chief who pleaded guilty earlier this year to soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl.

_ SHOPPING CENTER EVACUATED _ Fears that a Pennsylvania man possessed an explosive prompted the closure of a major shopping center.

_ CONCRETE WORKER TRAPPED _ Police say a worker became trapped under a concrete wall in Pittsburgh.



PITTSBURGH _ For once, Tom Brady didn’t get the best of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The AFC North leaders held New England to 10 points in a critical victory that the Steelers hope will propel them toward a fifth straight playoff berth. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a third straight win on Monday night when they host Anaheim. Game begins at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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