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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

January 3, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Pennsylvania environmental officials ordered Sunoco on Wednesday to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and leaks of drilling fluid and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law that have plagued the $2.5 billion project. The Department of Environmental Protection said it ordered work on the Mariner East 2 pipeline to stop until Sunoco complies with the terms of its permit. DEP has issued dozens of environmental violations to Sunoco since May, contending the company has demonstrated a “lack of ability or intention” to comply with the state’s clean streams law and other environmental regulations. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 487 words.

AP Photos PALEB201-0705171523.


PHILADELPHIA — La Salle University is selling nearly 50 pieces of art from its museum collection which it thinks could raise millions as it deals with financial struggles that have led to layoffs. The sale includes a wide range of styles and genres, including paintings by American realist Thomas Eakins and early 17th century Italian Bartolomeo Manfredi, as well as an ink-on-paper by Henri Matisse.SENT:

AP Photos PAPX101-0103181954, PAPX102-0318151440, PAPX103-0103181955.


NEWARK, N.J. — Gov.-elect Phil Murphy might have been quoting a Twitter rant from one of the legions of frustrated commuters when he characterized the state’s public transportation corporation last month as “the national disgrace that is New Jersey Transit.” In two weeks, the Democrat will inherit the embattled organization when he is sworn in to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie. By David Porter.


OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife and their children endured a long captivity in Afghanistan before being rescued last fall and returned to Canada. Now he’s facing 15 charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug. Boyle, his wife — who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania — and three children were freed in October in Pakistan, five years after the couple was abducted by a Taliban-linked militant group while on a backpacking trip in neighboring Afghanistan. The children were born in captivity. By Tracey Lindeman and Rob Gillies.


SAVANNAH, Ga. — Brutal winter weather that’s brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is threatening to dump snow and ice across areas of the South that rarely see flurries, much less accumulation. The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected Wednesday mainly along the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to North Carolina. It warned that icy roads and low visibility could make driving treacherous across the region. By Russ Bynum. AP photos and video.





NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval Wednesday for the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan, the Appalachia Development Group LLC said in a news release and department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes confirmed. Appalachia Development Group, which is heading the project, said it also aims to secure $1.4 billion through other financing. By Jonathan Mattise.

AP Photos AX102-0103181354, AX103-0103181355, AX104-0103181356.


For travelers, the new year opens up a whole new world of places to go and things to do. Here are a few notable openings and events scheduled for 2018 around the U.S. NOTABLE IN THE NEW YEAR By Beth J. Harpaz. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it’s still among the most expensive genetic therapies in the world. Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics says it decided on the lower price tag for Luxturna after hearing from health insurers about their ability to cover the injectable treatment. By Matthew Perrone.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be elsewhere on the ballot —for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the decade to come. By David A. Lieb.

AP Photos NYAG302-0627172119, NYAG301-0713171609.


—PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINE-CLOSING — A mining company is closing its Pennsylvania coal mine over the next few months and shedding nearly 400 jobs.

—PEEPS STRIKE-LAWSUIT — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the peeps who make marshmallow Peeps over a 2016 strike.

—BALD EAGLE-CAM — Pennsylvanians now have another group of eagles worth watching.

—PITTSBURGH MAYOR-INAUGURATION — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has been sworn in to a second term.

— TWO FATALLY SHOT IN HOME — Authorities say the shooting deaths of two people found in a Pennsylvania home are being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide.

— BAR SHOOTING-NEW YEAR’S — Police say an employee of a Pennsylvania bar fired a gun during a New Year’s event after a patron picked up a table and acted as if he were going to swing it as a weapon.

— AIRMEN-CHILD SEX CHARGES — A former Dover Air Force Base airman is facing sentencing after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenage runaway.

— PROSTITUTION CHARGES-HEROIN — A Pennsylvania man accused of running a prostitution ring out of a hotel and paying the women with drugs has been sentenced to serve 13 to 26 years in prison.



PITTSBURGH — Mike Munchak is the architect of one of the NFL’s best offensive lines. The Hall of Famer turned Pittsburgh Steelers line coach is the mix to become the next head coach in Arizona, a prospect that has his players feeling bittersweet. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA -- The San Antonio Spurs play the Philadelphia 76ers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. AP Photos.


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