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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

June 11, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

VOTER DATABASE STUDY

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s elected auditor general is taking a closer look at the state’s voter registration records to make sure they’re accurate and safe from outside interference before the 2020 presidential election. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

LIBERIAN OFFICER-IMMIGRATION TRIAL

PHILADELPHIA— A federal trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a Liberian man accused of lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his ties to convicted war criminals including Charles Taylor, the west African country’s former president. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, also known as Thomas Smith, is facing multiple charges related to false statements on naturalization forms and fraud in immigration documents. Prosecutors allege when Woewiyu applied for citizenship in 2006, he lied about his role in the atrocities committed as part of that civil war. By Claudia Lauer. UPCOMING: About 350 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-GUNSMITH’S LEGACY

PINE GROVE — Johannes “John” Bonawitz moved to Pine Grove from Womelsdorf in 1809, bringing with him a knack for gunsmithing. On Saturday, dozens of Bonawitz descendants from across the country gathered at Twin Grove Campground for the first Bonawitz family reunion. Among the food, drinks and documents detailing the family tree was a family artifact made by Johannes himself. A Kempton gunshop owner, Greg Dixon, had an original Bonawitz rifle in his possession and was invited to attend the reunion at the request of event organizer Erica Elliott. In the 1700s, gunsmiths would have individualized stylings of their guns so people knew who made it, similar to an artist signing a piece of their art today. David Barr, (Pottsville) Republican-Herald. SENT: About 700 words.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL FIRE — Authorities say fire claimed the life of a man in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.

MISSING SWIMMER — Authorities have found the body of a swimmer who went missing last week in a western Pennsylvania creek.

TEEN LIFEGUARD SHOT — Police say a teen lifeguard was shot by another teen at a Pennsylvania pool.

COSBY-INSURANCE LAWSUIT — A federal appeals court says an insurance company must pick up Bill Cosby’s tab to fight defamation lawsuits brought by women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

ROAD RAGE-DEFECATION — Police say one man defecated on another man during a road rage episode in Pennsylvania.

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