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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 17, 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:

ELECTION 2018-OBAMA

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is campaigning again. While he spent most of his post-presidency outside of day-to-day politics, Obama is mapping out a final effort ahead of November’s elections to help Democrats take back the House of Representatives and win seats in the Senate. Aides to Obama say he’s assessing what his full schedule will be ahead of November’s election, but his next campaign stop will be in Pennsylvania. Obama won that state in 2008 and again in 2012. By Juana Summers and Marc Levy. SENT: About 860 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-PENNSYLVANIA SENATE

YORK — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is putting more muscle into showing what he’s accomplished in his second term as he vies for a third six-year term in November’s election.

CIRCUS CAMEL-PEOPLE HURT

PITTSBURGH — A startled camel started bucking during a circus when a child apparently threw a shovel at its feet, injuring six children and an adult and causing frightened circusgoers to flee the arena.

DEVOS-CONSTITUTION CENTER

PHILADELPHIA — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will discuss campus free speech and the importance of civic education during a student Town Hall at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center. By Kristen de Groot.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-BYPASSED TOWN

EVANS CITY — Last September Stephany Oliver opened the only coffee shop in Evans City, and most mornings Coffee Brake is buzzing with residents and the who’s-who of town. But Ms. Oliver, 31, does not want to cater only to locals. The Butler resident is trying to broaden her business’s appeal — and that of Evans City — to the thousands of motorists who pass through town. Located along busy state Route 68, Evans City is a drive-through town, seen by most visitors only by looking out their car window. It has roughly 1,700 residents and is less than one square mile. It only takes 15 or 20 seconds, barring any interruption from the two traffic lights, to get from one end of town to the other. Business and local government leaders sum up the town’s primary challenge similarly: “How do we get people to stop?” The question goes back centuries, considering the area’s transportation role. Over time, the town pursued ways — some successful and others not — to get people to stop. Jake Leffew, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. SENT: About 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING — Authorities say a man has died in a police-involved shooting in Pennsylvania.

SPORTS:

ON FOOTBALL-KICKING GAME

NEW YORK — Who needs a kicker? Apparently not the Los Angeles Rams. As for the Browns and Vikings, who are going with untested youngsters, well, maybe a new guy to handle field goals and extra points will be employed soon. Sure, it’s kind of early to panic about placekicking. The Rams showed how to not rely on placements once Greg Zuerlein went out Sunday with a groin problem. They simply scored touchdowns and then went for 2-point conversions, making three. By Barry Wilmer. SENT: About 840 words.

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