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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

July 31, 2018

Good evening! 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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PHILADELPHIA — A jailed 20-year-old college student faces a preliminary hearing on charges he fatally stabbed a real estate developer during an apparent traffic-related confrontation while he was was working as a bike deliveryman. His family said he acted in self-defense. UPCOMING: NewsNow by 1 a.m. EDT, to be updated from scheduled 9 a.m. EDT hearing with about 400 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.



BELLEFONTE — A Penn State University fraternity member who plied a pledge with vodka the night he was fatally injured in a series of falls avoided jail time Tuesday when a judge sentenced him to three months of house arrest. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 660 words.


WASHINGTON — A Department of Health and Human Services official told senators Tuesday that his agency had warned the Trump administration that separating families would be dangerous for children. But some of the government’s top immigration officials used a Senate hearing to largely defend how the policy has been implemented, with one comparing family detention centers to “a summer camp.” By Alan Fram. SENT: About 740 words.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “looking into” the idea of a company providing plans for 3D plastic guns to the public, declaring it “doesn’t seem to make much sense!” Trump tweeted that he has already spoken with the National Rifle Association about the downloadable directions a Texas company wants to provide for people to make 3D-printed guns. The guns are made of a hard plastic and are simple to assemble, easy to conceal and difficult to trace. By Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: About 670 words.



CHAMBERSBURG — You can’t run out to get a bite to eat when you’ve been admitted to the hospital, and when you’re visiting you want to stay close. That means eating from the hospital menu, once reputed for the industrial delicacies of green beans from a No. 10 tin can, a square of Jell-O or vending-machine mystery meat. Cafeterias are offering more choices. A quick snack is getting healthier. Jim Hook, (Chambersburg) Public Opinion. SENT: About 930 words.


SEX PREDATOR LAW-COSBY — Pennsylvania’s highest court will consider whether the state can lawfully designate certain sex offenders as sexually violent predators, as it’s seeking to do in the case of Bill Cosby.

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING — A coroner says he is waiting for the results of toxicology tests on a man shot by a police officer near a popular Pennsylvania amusement park.

MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR NICKEL-AUCTION — A rare nickel is going up for auction in Philadelphia and officials say it could fetch $3 million to $5 million.

PRIEST ABUSE-SPOTLIGHT — A retired Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of indecent assault in a case where the victim came forward after watching the movie “Spotlight” to say he’d been molested 25 years ago.

MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR NICKEL AUCTION — A rare nickel is going up for auction in Philadelphia and officials say it could fetch between $3 million to $5 million.

PHILADELPHIA MUSIC FESTIVAL-JAY-Z — The mayor of Philadelphia and Jay-Z have apparently made up after the Made In America Festival controversy earlier this month.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH — State police say two people on a motorcycle were killed in a collision with a car in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.

FATAL PLANE CRASH — A small plane that crashed in a North Dakota river and killed the Pennsylvania pilot didn’t appear to have any mechanical problems.

STUDENT STABBED-SENTENCING —A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 6 ½ to 20 years in prison for a stabbing that nearly killed a Kutztown University student.

MISSING SNAKE — A Pennsylvania man’s 7-foot (2-meter) red tail boa constrictor has gone missing. The snake’s name is Vinny and his owner says he disappeared from his East Greenville home about three to four weeks ago.

CHARTER SCHOOL FOUNDER-FRAUD — The sister of a former online public school CEO has been sentenced to probation for helping her brother hide some of the $8 million he stole.

PARTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSE — Emergency dispatchers say five people were rescued from a partial collapse of a western Pennsylvania building during a storm.

POLICE OFFICERS-FENTANYL — Two Philadelphia police officers are out of the hospital after they may have been exposed to fentanyl.



PITTSBURGH — The NL-Central leading Chicago Cubs begin a brief two-game set with the surging Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Jon Lester (12-3, 3.06 ERA) starts for Chicago against Jameson Taillon (7-8, 3.73). By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. EDT.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their bullpen at the trade deadline, adding Texas relieve Keone Kela late Monday night while mulling other moves by the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. EDT.


BOSTON — The Philadelphia Phillies visit the Boston Red Sox. By JImmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 7:10 p.m. EDT.


PHILADELPHIA — Brian Dawkins transformed from a calm, soft-spoken man into an action hero on game days for 16 seasons in the NFL. Following what seemed like an out-of-body experience during pregame introductions, “Weapon X” terrorized opponents with ferocious hits all over the field. Dawkins redefined the safety position by providing excellent pass coverage, strong run support, and the ability to blitz quarterbacks. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: About 820 words.


LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner knows what to expect. Two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is skipping training camp at St. Vincent College for the second straight season because of a contract dispute. Bell’s absence last summer meant Conner saw additional snaps in camp as a rookie. This time, he’s raised expectations. He’s at the top of the depth chart, at least until Bell arrives. By Dan Scifo. SENT: About 660 words.


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