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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

January 16, 2019

Good afternoon! 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. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG, Pa. _ Abortion providers are suing Pennsylvania in hopes state courts will reverse a decades-old decision to uphold a ban on using state Medicaid dollars to cover elective abortions. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says the law violates the constitutional equal protection rights of low-income women seeking reproductive health care. By Marc Levy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

SEPT 11 MEMORIAL-RESPONDERS TRIBUTE

BARRE, Vt. _ A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial. The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 674 words.

IN BRIEF:

_SCRANTON-FBI RAID _ A Pennsylvania mayor whose house was raided by the FBI last week says through his lawyer that he believes the investigation has to do with campaign finance.

_PEEPS CONTEST-FACTORY TOUR _ The creators of marshmallow Peeps are offering a first-ever peep inside their Pennsylvania candy factory.

_PHILADELPHIA SHOOTINGS _ A violent night of shootings around Philadelphia left two people dead and four others wounded.

_ HUSBAND KILLED _ A Pennsylvania woman who shot and killed her husband after he asked for a divorce has been sentenced to prison.

_ ARMING TEACHERS _ A Pennsylvania school board has voted to postpone a policy allowing teachers to carry guns in school.

SPORTS:

HKN--BRUINS-FLYERS

The Boston Bruins visit the Philadelphia Flyers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. AP Photos.

FBN--STEELERS-ROONEY

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney remains confident in head coach Mike Tomlin despite a late-season collapse but is eyeing what to do with disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

UCONN-SPANOS

STORRS, Conn. _ UConn has hired Lou Spanos, a coach with experience in both college and the NFL, to fix its historically bad defense. Coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday that Spanos has been hired as defensive coordinator, replacing Billy Crocker, who was fired after the Huskies’ 1-11 season.

US-BERHALTER’S STAFF

CHICAGO _ Former U.S. forward Josh Wolff has been hired as assistant coach under new American national team head coach Gregg Berhalter, moving with his former boss at Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew. Wolff, who turns 42 next month, was a teammate of Berhalter on the U.S. World Cup teams in 2002 and 2006, and with Germany’s 1860 Munich.

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