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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

April 2, 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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TOP STORIES:

PITTSBURGH GUN LAWS-SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh City Council has given final approval to gun restrictions proposed after last year’s synagogue massacre. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

SPECIAL ELECTION-PENNSYLVANIA SENATE

HARRISBURG _ Polls are open in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in politically divided suburban Pittsburgh where the sides are testing some national themes ahead of 2020′s presidential election. By Marc Levy.

PENNSYLVANIA PROBATION LAW

HARRISBURG _ State lawmakers are expected to join rapper Meek Mill Tuesday at an event to unveil proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s probation law.

SPORTS BETTING-FALLING SHORT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Most states that moved quickly to legalize sports betting after a recent Supreme Court decision are still waiting for the expected payoff. Tax revenue has so far fallen far short of expectations in four of the six states where gambling on sporting events started last year, according to an Associated Press analysis. By Jennifer McDermott and Geoff Mulvihill. 950 words, photos.

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_ AP data distribution providing state legislative tracker and relevant state revenue figures.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-BOWLING ALLEY

PITTSBURGH _ In nearly every corner of Carrick Classic Lanes, dusty bowling balls peer out of the shadows like surprised faces. “If they could talk, they’d have one heck of a story to tell about this place,” said Lisa Casen, who has owned the alley with her husband, Jeff Jackson, since 2007. When it was constructed in 1929 as Stanley Parlors, the Brownsville Road building boasted two floors of duckpin bowling, a variation of the sport that uses smaller balls and pins. The venue changed ownership and names numerous times and was converted into a traditional American 10-pin bowling alley in 1961. It remained in operation until 1995, shortly after it was featured in the Woody Harrelson bowling film “Kingpin.” The couple from Adams Township are working to restore the recreation center. The project has proved more difficult than making a 7-10 split. Kristy Locklin, Tribune-Review.

IN BRIEF:

THREE FOUND DEAD _ Prosecutors have dropped all charges against a woman in a robbery-related western Pennsylvania shooting that killed three people, including a 10-year-old girl.

CHICKEN RESTAURANT SHOOTING _ Authorities say a dispute at a Philadelphia chicken restaurant ended with two men being shot, including a bystander who wasn’t involved in the argument.

GUN FOUND-NEWARK AIRPORT _ A Pennsylvania man found with a gun at a New Jersey airport told authorities he is on a competitive shooting team and forgot he had the weapon with him.

POLAND SPRING LAWSUIT _ A judge has given new life to a class-action lawsuit accusing Poland Spring of selling water that’s sourced from wells, not springs.

SPORTS:

HKN--PENGUINS-RED WINGS

DETROIT _ The Pittsburgh Penguins are a win away from clinching a 13th consecutive postseason bid against the suddenly successful Detroit Red Wings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--FLYERS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars can clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 with a win over Philadelphia, an extra-time loss or an Arizona loss in a later game. Dallas moved to the brink of the postseason with a 3-0-1 swing through Canada. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.

BBN--PIRATES-BELL

PITTSBURGH _ Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is well aware his team’s chances of competing in the NL Central rely heavily on his power numbers bouncing back after hitting just 12 home runs in 2018. He’s hoping a retooled approach helps. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EDT.

BBN--PHILLIES-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ Bryce Harper returns to Washington as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, who face right-hander Max Scherzer and the Nationals in an NL East matchup. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

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