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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

June 8, 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. Ron Todt is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

VAPING SCHOLARSHIPS

— A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping. The tactic is taken from a method that was once believed to improve a site’s ranking in search results, and it has successfully landed vaping brands on the sites of some of the nation’s best-known universities, including Harvard. It also has drawn criticism that the scholarships are a thinly disguised ploy to attract young customers. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,086 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-OHIO VOTER ROLLS

CINCINNATI — The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether Americans can jeopardize their ability to vote by not voting. The justices are considering a lawsuit against Ohio’s secretary of state over flagging registered voters after they’ve missed one federal general election. If they don’t respond to mailed notices and don’t vote in the next two general elections, they could be purged from voter rolls. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. SENT: 1,315 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TROOPER-ASSAULT CONVICTION — A Pennsylvania state trooper convicted of punching a handcuffed man during a drunken-driving arrest has been sentenced to up to a year in jail.

— FUNDRAISER THEFT — Police say a woman went to a Pennsylvania elementary school fundraiser and stole cash and raffle tickets.

— EXTREME PROM — A Philadelphia mom who threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom for her son last year is throwing a “Black Panther”-themed prom this year complete with an actual black panther.

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