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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

October 1, 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:

CAR EXPLOSION-PENNSYLVANIA

ALLENTOWN — Autopsies are planned Monday on the bodies of three people found dead after a car explosion on a downtown street in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in what authorities called a “criminal incident” being probed by federal, state and local authorities. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says three males were found dead after the 9:30 p.m. Saturday blast. He says he will probably be able to release the names after their identities are confirmed and their families notified. SENT: About 360 words, photos, video.

UNIVERSITY-ABUSE CLAIM

Even as top Pennsylvania officials assail the Catholic Church over its cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, a state agency is refusing to release a report on allegations of sexual abuse by a high-ranking state university administrator. Pennsylvania’s higher education agency won’t agree to allow the public to see the 10-year-old report on former East Stroudsburg University Vice President Isaac Sanders, despite lingering questions about how the accusers’ complaints were handled. The former students want the state’s evidence against Sanders to be released. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 1210 words, photos.

EXCHANGE:

IN BRIEF:

YOUTH FOOTBALL COACH SHOT — U.S. marshals have captured a man sought in a shooting that wounded a youth football coach during a team practice in a Pittsburgh park.

FATHER OF ZOMBIE FILMS-TRIBUTE — Pittsburgh is set to honor the father of modern American zombie films outside the theater where his “Night of the Living Dead” premiered 50 years ago.

MICHIGAN GRANT-ACTIVE LEARNING — Boosting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math classrooms is the aim of a federal grant going to the University of Michigan and other schools.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES WRAPUP

PITTSBURGH — The starting rotation is set. The back end of the bullpen too. The Pittsburgh Pirates learned a lot about themselves during a solid 2018 but will need a bat — or two — to contend in 2019. By Will Graves.

FBN--STEELERS-ROUGH MONTH

PITTSBURGH — A month into the season the Pittsburgh Steelers are in tied for last in the AFC North. “We’ve got a whole lot of improving to do,” said cornerback Joe Haden. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

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