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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

May 3, 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

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

NASCAR-SPORTS BETTING

DOVER, Del. _ NASCAR is making its first big play in the world of expanded legal sports betting, hoping a sports data partnership will lead to gamblers being able to bet during races on much more than just who gets the checkered flag. Genius Sports has become the exclusive provider of NASCAR data to licensed sportsbooks, officials announced Friday. By Dan Gelston.

AP Photos ALBD125-0428191646, ALBD121-0428191352, ALBD129-0428191635, NYDD202-1007181417, NYDD201-1007181018.

FORMER MILITANT-SENTENCE

ATLANTA _ The 1960s black militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown is challenging his imprisonment for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in 2000, saying his constitutional rights were violated at trial. The 75-year-old inmate, who converted to Islam and now goes by the name Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, gained prominence more than 50 years ago as a Black Panthers leader who famously said, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” By Kate Brumback.

IN BRIEF:

_ANIMAL HOSPITAL EVACUATED _ An animal hospital in Pennsylvania has been evacuated over a leaking X-ray machine.

_TACKLING TRASH IN FILTHADELPHIA _ Philadelphia has launched a new street sweeping pilot program in a handful of neighborhoods, hoping to finally sweep away the persistent nickname Filthadelphia.

_STATE POLICE-GRADUATING CLASS _ The Pennsylvania State Police is graduating one of its larger classes, and it might be because of an effort to get prospective cadets accustomed beforehand to what 27 challenging weeks of academy training is like.

_WORST TOLL EVADER _ The worst toll evader in Pennsylvania is being ordered to pay up.

_COUPLE DIES SAME DAY _ Family members say a Pennsylvania couple that had been married for almost 45 years passed away within minutes of each other.

SPORTS:

SUNS-WILLIAMS

PHOENIX _ The Phoenix Suns are looking for stability after their previous coach lasted just one season. They hope Monty Williams is the man to lead their turnaround. By John Marshall.

AP Photos NYDD204-0120160319.

ARENA FOOTBALL-ESPN

PHILADELPHIA _ The Arena Football League has reached an agreement with ESPN to broadcast its games for the rest of the season. The remaining regular-season games will be made available on ESPN3 and the ArenaBowl will be on ESPN2. ESPN3 is available on the ESPN App.

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