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. Kristen de Groot is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or [email protected]
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PITTSBURGH — A judge is scheduled to issue his verdict in the trial of a mentally ill Pennsylvania woman charged with drowning her two youngest sons in their bathtub. By Joe Mandak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update from 2 p.m. EDT verdict announcement with about 500 words by 4 p.m. EDT.
FAITH HEALING DEATHS
READING — For the first time in dozens of cases, a pastor in a fundamentalist Christian sect that rejects doctors and drugs has been charged in the death of a child — his own granddaughter — from medical neglect. The novel prosecution is raising hopes among some advocates that it might spur change in a church that has resisted it. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 906 words.
HARRISBURG — Former state treasurer Rob McCord was expected to continue testifying in the second day of his corruption trial. By Marc Levy. UPCOJMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. EDT.
PITTSBURGH — The former cashier at a Pittsburgh monuments and engraving firm has acknowledged stealing nearly $13 million over 16 years. By Joe Mandak. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 517 words.
TRUMP BUDGET-CHESAPEAKE BAY
RICHMOND, Va. — President Donald Trump's proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for the program that has coordinated Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts for decades. The president's spending plan for the 2018 budget year, released Thursday, significantly reduces funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. As part of those cuts, it completely eliminates money that currently goes to regional environmental efforts including the Chesapeake Bay Program. By Sarah Rankin.
PRISONER ESCAPE-INTERSTATE CHASE
CLEVELAND — Authorities say a handcuffed prisoner who escaped from a transport vehicle in Cleveland is back in custody in northwestern Pennsylvania after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car. SENT: 136 words.
—WINTER WEATHER-PARKING SPAT — State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street.
—TEMPLE-SODA TAX — Temple University has agreed to rethink a meal plan cost increase that they say was in response to Philadelphia's soda tax.
—CHILD-SEX TRAFFICKING FUGITIVE — A western Pennsylvania man who fled to Mississippi to avoid child-sex trafficking charges now faces sentencing before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
—BOY COLLAPSES IN SNOW — A 5-year-old boy is at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh after police say he collapsed while playing in the snow in the suburbs.
—GROUP HOME WORKER-SEX ABUSE — A worker at a western Pennsylvania group home for troubled youths has been charged with sexually assaulting two residents, one of whom was a minor.
—COLLEGE-WHITE SUPREMACIST POSTERS — Fliers promoting a white supremacist group have been taken down at a central Pennsylvania college.
—PITTSBURGH BRIDGE FIRE — A Pittsburgh bridge is closing over the weekend to repair damage caused by a construction fire last year.
—EX-LAWMAKER-LAW LICENSE — Former Democratic state Rep. Jesse White is about to have his law license suspended by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
—TSA AGENT-TEEN SEXTING — A Transportation Security Administration agent at Pittsburgh International Airport has been jailed on charges he sent sexually suggestive texts to a 13-year-old girl.
—FATAL HOUSE FIRE — Two people have died in a house fire in Lancaster County.
—GROCERY STORE ATTACK — Authorities in Philadelphia are searching for two women who they say attacked an employee at a grocery store.
—DOUBLE SHOOTING-SUSPECT SOUGHT — Allegheny County police have been searching for a shooting suspect they say critically wounded two people in the Pittsburgh suburbs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The West Region's fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (26-8) open the NCAA Tournament against Patriot League champion Bucknell Bison (26-8) on Thursday afternoon. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos developing from 2:45 p.m. EDT start.
BKC--NCAA-VILLANOVA-MOUNT ST MARY'S
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The No. 1 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament, defending champion Villanova begins its quest to become the first repeat winner since 2007 when it faces No. 16 Mount St. Mary's in the opening round of the East region. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP Photos.
BKC-NCAA-DRESS FOR SUCCESS
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sometimes the toughest coaching decisions aren't zone defense or man-to-man, but double breasted or vest? By Tom Withers. SENT: 606 words, AP Photos.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ninth-seed Purdue will play its first game since coach Sharon Versyp revealed to the team she has early stage breast cancer. Purdue faces Green Bay on Friday in an NCAA tourney opener, followed by Notre Dame against Robert Morris. By Tom Coyne. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP Photos by 6 p.m. EDT.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. —No. 3 seed Maryland has the advantage of playing at home Friday against Bucknell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Elon and West Virginia also meet Friday in another duel of conference champions. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP Photos by 5:30 p.m. EDT
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils will try to snap a 10-game winless streak when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600, AP Photos developing from at 7 p.m. EDT start.
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