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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

October 9, 2018

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:

CIVIL WAR GOLD-FBI DIG

DENTS RUN — A father-son pair of treasure hunters are challenging the FBI’s position that nothing was found during an excavation aimed at uncovering a fabled cache of Civil War-era gold. Dennis and Kem Parada say they believe dozens of gold bars might have been buried in the woods near Dents Run, about 135 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh, around the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 1350 words, photos.

TREATMENT OF BLACK STUDENTS

PITTSBURGH — A settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit accusing a Pittsburgh-area school with a history of racial tension of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them. The principal in the lawsuit has resigned, and the school resource officer has been reassigned pending an investigation over the allegations. Activists say the district has made progress but still has work to do. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 450 words by 4 p.m. EDT.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-LEARNING DIVIDE

EBENSBURG — A yellow shovel stood up straight, lodged into the ground at an Ebensburg area wetland Thursday, as a group of four students took turns reaching into a nearby hole. From the hole, they would pull clumps of mud, which were then studied against a color chart. The students, led by Environmental Studies Director Mitzy Schaney, were visiting from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as part of a hands-on learning program that allowed them to inventory soil, plants and water. But student education is only part of the plan for the area known as Nathan’s Divide, said Dave Lester, president of a board of directors who are working to establish an educational nature center and an outdoor recreation area on the land surrounding a Cambria Township reservoir. Sean Sauro, The (Altoona) Mirror. SENT: About 1170 words.

IN BRIEF:

ARMED STANDOFF-PITTSBURGH — A man accused of shooting and wounding another man who had allegedly borrowed his ladder and then sold it for drug money is now facing charges following a standoff with police.

POLICE PURSUIT-CRASH — Authorities say a police pursuit of a theft suspect driving a stolen vehicle ended when the vehicle crashed in a driveway.

NEIGHBOR SHOOTS NEIGHBOR — Philadelphia police say a woman shot her neighbor twice, leaving him in critical condition.

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