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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, PA

January 12, 2018

Good morning! 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates.



PHILADELPHIA — Jurors couldn’t agree the first time around whether to accept a woman’s story that “America’s Dad,” Bill Cosby, sexually assaulted her over a decade ago. Now he faces a retrial in less than 90 days in a vastly different cultural climate, one in which powerful men from Hollywood to the U.S. Senate are being toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct. The jury in Cosby’s case was hopelessly deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, and the judge declared a mistrial in June. But that was before the revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement burst into the public sphere. By Kristen De Groot. SENT: 800 words. Photos.


— ROW HOME FIRE-FIREFIGHTER KILLED — A funeral is scheduled for a veteran Philadelphia firefighter who was fatally injured when a burning row home collapsed last weekend. Photos.

— PITTSBURGH-FLOODING — Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania are facing flooding amid rain and warm temperatures that are melting the recent snowfall.

— PIER FIRE — Authorities are trying to determine what caused a fire on a pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

— BASEMENT OF HORRORS — The final defendant charged with kidnapping, torturing and enslaving disabled adults who were discovered chained up in a Philadelphia basement over six years ago has pleaded guilty.

— POET LAUREATE — A poet who originally moved from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia for graduate school has been named the city’s new poet laureate.



PHILADELPHIA — Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia’s William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc. By Rob Maaddi. Upcoming: 750 words by 4 p.m. Photos.


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