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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 25, 2018

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. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

BILL COSBY

NORRISTOWN — A defense psychologist testified at Bill Cosby’s sentencing Tuesday that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offense are “extraordinarily low” because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: About 710 words.

PENNSYLVANIA-VOTING MACHINES

HARRISBURG — A group examining election security in Pennsylvania is ratcheting up pressure on Congress and state lawmakers to speed up replacement of voting machines, noting most lack a paper record needed to check for fraud and errors. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 400 words by 5 p.m. EDT.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-BARN HEX SIGN ART

MACUNGIE — Eric Claypoole was up on the ladder again the other day, painting yet another barn with those unmistakable charms of Pennsylvania Dutch country: Hex signs. The Lenhartsville craftsman was finishing the fourth of four signs evenly spaced across the red planks of the barn on the Kratzer Farm, a 90-acre bulwark against suburban sprawl that will someday be the centerpiece of the municipal park system. “I did my first barn in ’72,” Claypoole said of his entry into the world of Dutch folk art. “I was 11 or 12, helping my dad.” Claypoole calls designs painted on structures “barn stars” to distinguish them from portable signs created in the 1940s to sell as souvenirs. Daniel Patrick Sheehan, The (Allentown) Morning Call. SENT: About 800 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOMICIDE PLEA-STANDOFF — A Pennsylvania judge must decide whether a man who acknowledged killing his cousin and also shooting his cousin’s wife and their family dog planned his actions or committed them in the heat of passion.

TWO FOUND DEAD — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man strangled his wife before killing himself inside their western Pennsylvania home.

COUNSELOR CHARGED-OVERDOSE DEATH — A drug counselor who gave clean urine to a client she was dating so he could pass a drug test — which he took shortly before dying from a heroin overdose — will now go behind bars.

HALFWAY HOUSE ESCAPE ATTEMPT — Authorities say two men trying to escape from a Pittsburgh halfway house were thwarted when they were spotted by two sheriff’s deputies eating lunch at a neighboring courts building.

SCHOOL DISTRICT FACILITIES CHARGES — A suburban Philadelphia school district’s decision to charge nonprofits for use of their facilities has angered coaches and parents.

SPORTS:

BBN--PHILLIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves will try to move closer to their first NL East title since 2013 when they open a four-game series with second-place Philadelphia on Thursday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m. EDT.

FBN--STEELERS BOUNCE BACK

The defense showed life, Antonio Brown kept his actions focused on football and the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up their first win of the season in Tampa Bay. Still, there’s plenty to work on. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--PENGUINS PREVIEW

For the first time in three years, the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t start the season as defending Stanley Cup champions. Sidney Crosby and company are hoping a longer than expected summer and the addition of Jack Johnson can bring a third title in four years. By Will Graves. With HKN--Penguins Capsule. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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HKN--PENGUINS-PREVIEW-CAPSULE.

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