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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

October 3, 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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SPORTS BETTING-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is poised to take another step toward becoming the sixth state where sports betting is active. On Wednesday, gambling regulators could award the state’s first licenses for sports betting to two casinos, although the casinos will have other regulatory requirements to meet that could take a couple months. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: About 400 words by 5 p.m. EDT.

EX-CONS-MURAL PROJECT

PHILADELPHIA — The nation’s largest public arts program is launching a large-scale, interactive mural in Philadelphia that focuses on solutions for mass incarceration. Mural Arts Philadelphia says the Portraits of Justice project will feature the work of seven formerly incarcerated artists, as well as live performances culminating in a public symposium.

CLERGY ABUSE-OHIO

CLEVELAND — Ohio’s largest Roman Catholic diocese plans to release a list of priests who have been removed from their posts because of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

BUSINESS:

MICHIGAN PIPELINE

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge have agreed to replace twin 65-year-old crude oil pipes in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes with another that would run through a tunnel far below the lake bed, officials told The Associated Press. By John Flesher. SENT: About 790 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-LEHIGH VALLEY ROADSIDE ODDITIES

EASTON — There’s a lot of weird stuff around the Lehigh Valley. There’s a giant gnome carved from a tree, for instance. And a big chair (like, really big) on top of a mountain. And not one, but two places to see huge metal dinosaurs. We recently set out to find these and more, logging more than 200 driving miles criss-crossing the Valley and its surrounding areas over a day and a half. By Steve Novak. SENT: About 1880 words.

IN BRIEF:

GAS LINE FIRE-WORKER HURT — A construction crew repairing a water line accidentally struck a gas main in western Pennsylvania, sparking a fire that injured one worker.

GRANDPARENT SCAM — Police in a town in western Washington state are warning about a “grandparent” scam after a couple mailed $27,000 in cash to an address in Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS — Pennsylvania has given $3 million to the city of Philadelphia to help implement a plan to reduce traffic lanes and make streets safer for bikers and pedestrians.

SPORTS:

FBN--STEELERS

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is eager for the offense to develop some consistency, something lacking during an uneven 1-2-1 start. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EDT.

HKN--PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson is ready to show he’s worth the long-term investment. The veteran defenseman will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. The team signed him to a five-year deal in July. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EDT.

BKC--MSG SCHEDULE

NEW YORK — Defending national champion Villanova will play at least three times at Madison Square Garden during the upcoming season, part of a 2018-19 college basketball schedule that also features Duke, Kentucky and Syracuse visiting what’s been dubbed The World’s Most Famous Arena. SENT: About 360 words.

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