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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 13, 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:

PENNSYLVANIA POLICE SHOOTING

HARRISBURG — A 12-member jury including three blacks is in place for next week’s trial of a white former Pennsylvania police officer accused of criminal homicide for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager last year. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 350 words, photos, by 5 p.m. EDT.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-PART-TIME POLICE OFFICERS

CHESWICK _ Nick Bartoszewicz routinely finds himself working around the clock as a part-time police officer. On a recent Wednesday, Bartoszewicz, 26, started an eight-hour shift with the West Deer Police Department at 8 a.m. After going home for dinner and a few hours of sleep, he was back on the clock by 11 p.m. for another eight-hour shift, this one with the Indiana Township Police Department. He was scheduled to go back on the clock again late Thursday. “It’s tough, definitely tough,” Bartoszewicz said of the routine. “But I enjoy it.” Bartoszewicz’s grind isn’t uncommon for many part-time police officers in western Pennsylvania, who work for multiple departments to make ends meet. Departments across the region are increasingly relying on part-time officers as tightening budgets limit how many full-timers can be hired. Emily Balser, Tribune-Review. SENT: About 990 words.

IN BRIEF:

SPECIAL ELECTIONS-PENNSYLVANIA _ Democrats are claiming victory in special elections to fill two vacant Pennsylvania state House seats.

GOVERNORS-GREAT LAKES RESTORATION _ Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump’s call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program.

PREGNANT WORKER PROTECTIONS _ Pittsburgh city leaders have voted to make pregnancy a protected class in the city’s anti-discrimination code.

WABTEC PLANT STRIKE _ Workers at the former GE Transportation plant in northwestern Pennsylvania are back on the job under a 90-day agreement as negotiators try to reach agreement on a new contract.

TRIPLE SHOOTING-PHILADELPHIA _ A street shooting in Philadelphia has left one man dead and two others hospitalized.

SPORTS:

BKC--PATRIOT-BUCKNELL-COLGATE

HAMILTON, N.Y. _ Top-seeded Colgate hosts Bucknell for the Patriot League championship and the NCAA Tournament berth that goes to the victor. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. EDT.

BKC--ACC-PITTSBURGH-SYRACUSE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ No. 6 seed Syracuse opens play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament by meeting No. 14 seed Pittsburgh in Wednesday’s second round. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts around 9:30 p.m. EDT.

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