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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

February 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SCHOOL SAFETY

HARRISBURG _ A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 720 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-AMATEUR RADIO

PITTSBURGH _ Amateur radio operators relay radio messages during natural and man-made disasters and fun events like Pittsburgh’s Great Race. And they don’t get a dime. They can’t, according to Federal Communications Commission regulations. Instead, their noncommercial messages relay information — often when cellphone towers are damaged and unavailable, such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico. Health and welfare messages are relayed to first responders and emergency services coordinators. Chuck Biedka, Tribune-Review. SENT: About 490 words.

IN BRIEF:

PHILADELPHIA VIOLENCE _ Authorities say an 18-year-old was shot and killed after a weekend vigil for a teenager slain on the same southwest Philadelphia street two nights earlier.

GIRL SHOT _ Police say a suspect is in custody in the shooting of a teenage girl hit in the face by a gunshot in northeast Philadelphia.

STOLEN STAINED GLASS WINDOWS _ Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating the theft of 13 stained glass windows from a shuttered church in suburban Pittsburgh.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-SHORTSTOPS

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Pirates open camp with the starting shortstop position up for grabs. Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman will get the first crack at taking over for Jordy Mercer. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. EST.

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