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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

February 15, 2019

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.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. _ Republicans in Pennsylvania’s Senate have been paying the legal bills of the chamber’s ex-security chief in lawsuits by two women accusing him of harassing them while on the job as Senate security guards. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s office has approved at least $23,355 to cover the legal bills of former security director Justin Ferrante, according to a report published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, LNP and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. By Marc Levy. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump talks tough on trade yet his administration granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying a hefty tariff. That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of applications for relief from the steel tariff that Trump put in place last year to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs. By Richard Lardner and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,278 words, photos.


_ PHILLY-AMAZON-CASHLESS STORES _ Amazon has told Philadelphia officials that a proposed ban on cashless stores would impact plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city.

_ MAN ATTACKS TEEN COUSIN _ A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to the murder and attempted rape of his 14-year-old cousin who was stabbed dozens of times and also shot inside a home where they both lived.

_ HUSBAND RUNS OVER WIFE _ Authorities say a man accidentally ran over and killed his wife in the driveway of their Pennsylvania home.

_ BOOBY-TRAPPED HOUSE _ A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise — a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife.

_ ALLIGATOR-DRUG BUST _ A Pennsylvania drug bust has led to a new resident at a zoo in Delaware: An alligator.

_ ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES _ Hunting and fishing groups have teamed up to support a plan for preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.



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