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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 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. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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PREGNANCY-DRUGS-CHILD ABUSE

HARRISBURG _ Pennsylvania’s highest court says mothers who use illegal drugs while pregnant can’t be considered perpetrators of child abuse against their newly born children under the state’s Child Protective Services Law. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: 500 words.

MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

PHILADELPHIA _ A court decision Thursday that gives former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal the chance to reargue his appeal in the 1981 slaying of a Philadelphia police officer puts the case back in the spotlight years after it drew attention from Amnesty International, Hollywood celebrities and death penalty opponents around the world. Developing. About 450 words. By Maryclaire Dale. AP Photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ BLACK WIDOW FATHER SENTENCED _ A judge has sentenced a Pennsylvania man to a life term for the killing of his former son-in-law.

_ FLOOD WATCH _ Heavy rains forecast for Friday could cause flooding in the southeastern part of the state.

_ HISTORIC TREE REMOVAL _ Environmentalists and residents are trying to stop developers from cutting down an estimated 300-year-old tree in southeastern Pennsylvania

_ SHOWBOAT FOR SALE _ The city of Cincinnati is looking to sell the Showboat Majestic, a 95-year-old riverboat built in Pittsburgh that was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

SPORTS:

FBN--EAGLES-FOLES

PHILADELPHIA _ Nick Foles plays with a strong sense of inner peace because he doesn’t allow success or failure to define him. Win or lose, he’s the same guy. “My identity is rooted in Christ, not in my accomplishments,” Foles said a few days before he leads the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) against the Washington Redskins (7-8) in another big game. By AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 360 words.

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