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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Coverage Advisory, PA

December 27, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING:

LEGISLATIVE AUDIT

HARRISBURG _ Lawmakers are expected to disclose how much they spent last year and the size of their roughly $100 million surplus.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization, and Mexico’s Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow.

IN BRIEF:

_ CRAFT BREWERS-SALES TAX _ For Pennsylvania residents, a glass of craft beer at the local brewpub could soon get a little more expensive.

_ POLICE CHIEF-SEX ABUSE CHARGES _ An imprisoned ex-police chief who pleaded guilty to soliciting an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl is seeking to have his estranged wife and her two children removed from the family home.

_ CRIMINAL RECORDS-SEALING _ The first phase of Pennsylvania’s “clean slate” law that seals lower-level, nonviolent crimes from public review has gone into effect.

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