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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

February 11, 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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PITTSBURGH _ The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty Monday to a new indictment that added 19 additional counts, but his lawyer expressed hope the case will be resolved without a trial. SENT: About 380 words.


DILI, East Timor — An American missionary who was a hero in East Timor for founding children’s shelters that have operated for more than two decades has been expelled from his Catholic congregation after admitting to sexual abuse of minors, a church official and a family member said. By Oki Raimundos. SENT: About 360 words.



MCMURRAY _ Bill Wells has spent the past 33 years saving soles. Wells is a cobbler, and the 81-year-old works seven days a week to repair shoes at his shop, Charles the Cobbler, in Peters Township. He is, as far as he knows, the only cobbler left in Washington County, and he has his hands full. He repairs more than 300 pairs of shoes a week – changing heels, stretching shoes and replacing soles on everything from Jimmy Choos, Christian Louboutins and Cole Haans, to Birkenstocks, Timberlands and Adidas tennis shoes. He also fixes purses, leather coats, luggage and belts. “This industry is pretty much going away. There’s nobody left to do this,” said Wells. A trade group representative says the number of cobblers has dropped from about 100,000 during the Great Depression to about 5,000 today. Karen Mansfield, (Washington) Observer-Reporter. SENT: About 890 words.


FATAL SUV-TRACTOR-TRAILER CRASH _ State police say weather was a factor in a three-vehicle crash involving two tractor-trailers on a western Pennsylvania interstate that killed two girls and seriously injured two other people.

US STEEL-TRUMP _ U.S. Steel Corp. says it’s restarting construction on an idled manufacturing facility in Alabama, and it’s giving some of the credit to President Donald Trump’s trade policies.

GREAT LAKES LEVELS _ Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records.

KIDNAPPER-MANHUNT _ A Vermont man charged with kidnapping a woman and her son and later sexually assaulting the woman is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court in Burlington.

WOLF-MARIJUANA _ Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide marijuana listening tour is starting in central Pennsylvania as he aims to take Pennsylvania’s pulse on whether to legalize the drug.

BUS HITS HOME _Authorities say a commuter bus jackknifed and crashed into a Philadelphia home, leaving a bus passenger injured.

INTERSTATE CRASH-FATALITIES _ Police say two juveniles were killed and two others seriously injured in a weather-related crash on Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania.

PITTSBURGH TOWING _The mayor of Pittsburgh is looking to overhaul car towing procedures in the city, saying they don’t want to force competition between towing companies.

CARTOON-TRUMP INSULT _ At least one newspaper says it has dropped the syndicated cartoon “Non Sequitur” after a vulgar message to President Donald Trump appeared in it.



PHILADELPHIA _ The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Philadelphia Flyers. Developing from 7 p.m. EST start.


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