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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

November 28, 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. Bruce Shipkowski is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

EMERGENCY SERVICES REPORT

HARRISBURG — A new report warns of a crisis in Pennsylvania’s fire and rescue services, saying the number of volunteers continues to fall amid funding needs and training challenges. The 95-page legislative study released on Wednesday says there were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters in the state in the 1970s, a number that’s fallen to about 38,000. More than 90 percent of the state’s nearly 2,500 fire companies are volunteer organizations. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

SISTERS-HEALTH CARE FRAUD CHARGES

PITTSBURGH — Two sisters who ran multiple home health care companies in Pittsburgh were indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged role in a multi-million dollar health care fraud scheme. Court documents unsealed Tuesday show Arlinda Moriarty and Danyelle Dickens were charged in the scheme, along with 10 of their employees or former employees. SENT: 222 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-MOTEL — A police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a retail theft suspect killed during a shootout at a central Pennsylvania motel in August.

— TWO FOUND DEAD — Two people have been found dead in an eastern Pennsylvania home, but authorities say they aren’t seeking any suspects in connection with the deaths.

— PITTSBURGH-DOUBLE SHOOTING — Authorities say a shooting in a Pittsburgh neighborhood has left a man and a juvenile wounded.

— SHOOTING-SYNAGOGUE-INJURED CHAPLAIN — A Pittsburgh hospital says the 70-year-old chaplain shot during the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting has been discharged from the hospital. AP photo.

— ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-PENNSYLVANIA — Democrat Susan Wild is joining Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, one of four women who got elected to what had been an all-male delegation.

— FORMER COACH-SEXULA ABUSE — A former wrestling coach accused of molesting teenage boys since the 1980s has admitted to sexually abusing a Pennsylvania boy at his Georgia home.

— XGR--MICHIGAN PIPELINE — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel.

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