AP-PA–Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 20th, 2017 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]

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HARRISBURG — Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Penn State's former president on charges that he put children at risk by mishandling child sex abuse complaints about retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 550 words, photos; will be updated from daylong jury selection.


HARRISBURG — Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord will return to the stand for a fourth day on Monday in the bribery trial of a wealthy investment adviser accused of giving McCord more than $500,000 in secret campaign contributions in what federal prosecutors say was a scheme to land lucrative investment business from the state. By Marc Levy. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 600 words by 7 p.m. EDT.


TWO FOUND DEAD — Authorities say the deaths of a man and woman found in separate locations in an eastern Pennsylvania borough appear to have stemmed from a domestic situation.

SUBWAY STATION FIGHT — Police in Philadelphia are searching for a group of teenagers involved in a subway station fight.

POLICE OFFICER ASSAULTED — A teenager is in custody after a Philadelphia police officer was assaulted.

SWAT-MAN IN CAMPER — Pittsburgh's SWAT team has used a gas canister to get an armed man to surrender and come out of a camper in which they say he was holed up following a shooting.

HIT-AND-RUN TODDLER — Philadelphia police are looking for a vehicle they believe was a black Jeep after it left the scene after hitting a 2-year-old toddler in the street.

FATAL SHOOTING-NICETOWN — Philadelphia police say a man has been gunned down in the city's Nicetown section.

MISSING MAN-RIVER BODY — A body pulled from an eastern Pennsylvania river is that of a man who was last seen leaving a restaurant early last month.

ELDERLY MAN FOUND DEAD — Police say an 84-year-old Pennsylvania man found dead outside his car on a private lane may have died of exposure.

OBIT-TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT-SOJAK — Frank Sojak, a former veteran reporter at The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat has died. He was 65.

BARN COLLAPSE — A steer, horse and two sheep have been killed in a barn collapse in central Pennsylvania.

TRUMP HAT LAWSUIT — A Philadelphia man has sued a New York City bar after he says he was denied service because he was wearing a hat supporting President Donald Trump.

COMCAST CABLE-CEO — Comcast is switching up its leadership ranks, with longtime executive Dave Watson taking over for Neil Smit as CEO.



ORLANDO, Fla. — This is a matchup of two teams fighting for NBA Lottery positioning because they are both are on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Magic are coming off a win Friday at Phoenix after losing their previous four. The 76ers are riding a two-game winning streak, which includes a win over Eastern Conference No.2 team Boston on Sunday. Orlando hasn't won consecutive games since late December. By Terrance Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words with photos. Tipoff is 7 p.m. EDT.


PITTSBURGH — That Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is leading the NHL in goals is hardly surprising. It's the unheralded linemates helping him get there - 24-year-old Conor Sheary and 22-year-old rookie Jake Guentzel - that's causing a stir. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: About 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.


Top officials from USA Hockey meet with the women's national team and their lawyers in Philadelphia to discuss an ongoing wage dispute that players threatened could lead to them boycotting the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: About 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first three days of this year's NCAA Tournament lacked the drama and multitude of upsets the previous few tournaments had, more March Meh-ness than madness. By John Marshall. SENT: About 810 words, AP Photos.


PITTSBURGH — Heather Lyke is the new athletic director at Pitt. The school announced Lyke's hire on Monday. She replaces Scott Barnes, who left after less than two years on the job to take the same position at Oregon State. By Will Graves. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 450 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.


CLEARWATER, Fla. — A dazzling, 16-strikeout performance was the best and worst thing that happened to Vince Velasquez last season. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: About 600 words, AP Photos.


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