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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

May 9, 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. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org

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RAILROAD ANNIVERSARY-AP WAS THERE

PROMONTORY, Utah _ EDITOR’S NOTE: The May 10, 1869, completion of the Transcontinental Railroad was a pivotal moment in the United States, ushering in a period of progress and expansion nationwide. The presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in remote Promontory, Utah, to mark the occasion, driving a last ceremonial spike to connect their rail lines.

AP Photos FX406-0508192119, FX407-0508192120, FX408-0508191909.

91-YEAR-OLD GETS DIPLOMA

DERRY, Pa. _ A 91-year-old World War II veteran has finally received his high school diploma, eight decades after leaving school to support his family. Pete Sabedra walked across the stage at Derry Area Middle School, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, on Wednesday to accept his degree at a special awards ceremony. AP Photos. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_SPECIAL OLYMPICS COACH-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A former coach for a Pennsylvania county’s Special Olympics soccer team has been charged with raping a player with intellectual disabilities and will head to trial.

_BREASTMILK-HOMICIDE _ A Pennsylvania mother who prosecutors say killed her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk is not going to prison.

_RECORD-BREAKING CATFISH CAUGHT _ A fisherman in Pennsylvania is celebrating the one that didn’t get away: a 50-pound flathead catfish that broke state records.

_STUDENT SAVED _ A fast-acting school bus driver is being lauded for grabbing a student by the back of his jacket as he was about to step out into the path of a passing car.

_WAREHOUSE FIRE-ANTIQUE CARS _ Fire officials say a blaze at a sprawling storage facility in Pennsylvania destroyed about 200 antique and classic cars and motorcycles.

_EXTREME PROM _ A Philadelphia woman who made headlines for an elaborate prom send-off has been spared a prison term for Social Security fraud.

SPORTS:

RAPTORS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Raptors can advance to the Eastern Conference final with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. AP Photos

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