BC-PA–Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

April 4th, 2016 1:47 pm



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 [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRAIN DERAILS-PENNSYLVANIA

CHESTER — Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor were running on schedule Monday, a day after a train struck heavy equipment on the tracks outside Philadelphia, killing two railroad workers. SENT: About 720 words. AP Photos, AP Video.

DRUG INVESTIGATION-SHOOTING

PITTSBURGH — A man jailed on federal heroin and weapons charges is now also charged with killing a Pittsburgh woman who was to be a grand jury witness against him in a related money laundering investigation. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 400 words, with additional updates and 500 words developing from news conference at 1 p.m. EDT.

BUSINESS:

AIR PRODUCTS-BUSINESS EXIT — Air Products will book a pre-tax charge ranging from $900 million to $1 billion in its fiscal second quarter, as the industrial gas supplier leaves its energy-from-waste business.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOME STORE MARKS 75th

PITTSBURGH — George Altmeyer's American Dream took root in the basement of a New Kensington bar but grew into a Pittsburgh area retail institution. In April 1941, Altmeyer used $5,000 he scraped together, a business vision and a willingness to work hard to launch a dry goods business that bears his family's name. Seventy-five years after George Altmeyer started selling dry goods from the basement of Corbin's Bar and Grill on 10th Street in New Kensington, Altmeyer Home Stores is still going strong. Tom Verace, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

IN BRIEF:

PRIEST SUSPENDED-ABUSE ALLEGATION — A Roman Catholic priest in northeastern Pennsylvania has been suspended while church and law enforcement authorities investigate a child-sex abuse allegation against him.

STANDOFF-FIRE THREAT — Police say a man who set a small fire while refusing to come out of his central Pennsylvania apartment has been arrested and sent for a mental evaluation.

MAN ARMED DURING ARREST — A Pittsburgh man is jailed because sheriff's deputies say he pointed a loaded gun at them when they arrived at his home with an arrest warrant from family court.

APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE — The American Red Cross has been helping dozens of people displaced by a fire at an 80-unit apartment complex in central Pennsylvania.

HERMIT CRAB ARGUMENT — An eastern Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he fired shots during an argument over a pet hermit crab that belongs to his fiancée's son.

WOMAN FOUND SLAIN — Authorities say a 75 -year-old woman has been found slain in her central Pennsylvania home and her husband unconscious in a chair nearby.

HIGH WINDS-POWER OUTAGES — PPL Electric says more than 1,200 customers in eastern Pennsylvania remain without power due to high winds that downed trees and power lines.

COACH-FUNERAL — A school district has canceled classes so people can attend the funeral of a football coach who won more games than any other high school coach in Pennsylvania history.

FATAL ARSON-RETRIAL — A Philadelphia jury is still considering the fate of a man being retried on murder charges in a fire that killed his two young sons three decades ago.

MISSING PERSON-CLOWN — Police have been searching for a woman reported missing in western Pennsylvania who also works as a clown.

HIGH WINDS-POWER OUTAGES — PPL Electric says more than 1,200 customers in eastern Pennsylvania remain without power due to high winds that downed trees and power lines.

MAN ARMED DURING ARREST — A Pittsburgh man is jailed because sheriff's deputies say he pointed a loaded gun at them when they arrived at his home with an arrest warrant from family court.

MARIJUANA BUST-PITTSBURGH — Police busted a large marijuana grow operation in Pittsburgh over the weekend, recovering approximately 70 marijuana plants from a home in the city's Hazelwood section.

JUROR SCOFFLAW COURT-ABANDONED — Officials say Philadelphia's off-and-on Juror Scofflaw Court will no longer be used because it's too costly to operate and there aren't enough resources for it to continue.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

HOUSTON — The year of the senior wraps up Monday night with North Carolina playing Villanova for the national title. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams is going for his third national title and Wildcats coach Jay Wright is hoping to bring the first title to 'Nova since Rollie Massimino's miracle 1985 squad. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos developing from game starting at 9:18 p.m. With sidebars on losing team and MVP, plus NCAA Championship-The Latest.

BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-YEAR OF THE SENIOR

HOUSTON — The projected top two picks of this year's NBA draft are both freshmen — and both were bystanders when the stakes were the highest in college basketball. Brandon Ingram of Duke didn't make it past the Sweet 16. Ben Simmons of LSU didn't even get a sniff of March Madness. Instead, the season that closes out Monday night with Villanova playing North Carolina for the title will be remembered as the year of the senior. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BBN--PHILLIES-REDS

CINCINNATI — The NL's two worst teams of 2015 open the season together, with Philadelphia's Jeremy Hellickson (9-12) facing Cincinnati's Raisel Iglesias (3-7). By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET. With hometown lead.

BBN--PIRATES-FREESE

PITTSBURGH — There was a time when the Pirates and then-free agent infielder David Freese were "planets apart." Not anymore. The 2011 World Series MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals is fitting right in in Pittsburgh, though it does feel a bit odd to be competing against the organization that he helped lead to a title. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

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