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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

May 14, 2019 GMT

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. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org

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HARRISBURG _ The attorney general of Pennsylvania says he’s suing a pharmaceutical giant for fueling the opioid epidemic. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates after 2 p.m. scheduled news conference to announce details of lawsuit; 400 words by 5 p.m. ET.


A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia’s 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in neighboring towns. By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer. SENT: About 610 words.


PORT CLINTON, OHIO _ Floodwaters spilling over western Lake Erie’s shoreline have swamped streets, shut down ferries and left behind dangerous debris during the past month. Now residents are bracing for more problems. SENT: About 310 words.



YORK _ Much like plants, a person’s roots can be unclear without a little digging. And, when it comes to music, those roots can influence a harmony, use of instruments, and an entire genre. While 28-year-old Joseph Mator’s foundation may be in York now, his roots trace back to West Africa, specifically Monrovia, Liberia, where he was born. Where he’s from plays a major role in the sound he has started to introduce to York and surrounding areas — Afropop. Jasmine Vaughn-Hall, York Daily Record.


GAS STATION SHOOTING _ A man charged in a deadly three-way shooting at an eastern Pennsylvania gas station that started as a road-rage incident has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.


GRANDPARENTS’ ASHES FLUSHED _ A judge has ruled that a western Pennsylvania man must stand trial on charges he flushed his grandparents’ ashes down a toilet after his mother kicked him out of her home.

LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL _ A historic site in southern Indiana is now part of a new 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) expansion of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.

CABINET MAKER CLOSING _ A wood cabinetry maker in northcentral Pennsylvania says it is closing and laying off nearly 1,000 employees. Moved late for Tuesday AMs.



ASHBURN, Va. _ Vinny Papale knows his father’s story and has watched the Mark Wahlberg movie “Invincible” about 30 times. Only when he got to college at Delaware did Vinny fully appreciate the inspirational tale of Vince Papale earning a spot with the Philadelphia Eagles at age 30 despite never playing football before. The younger Papale was amazed his dad made it to the NFL, and now he’s trying to follow in those footsteps. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: About 710 words.


The Boston Red Sox have “Sweet Caroline,” the Chicago Blackhawks have “Chelsea Dagger” and the old Hartford Whalers had “Brass Bonanza.” The St. Louis Blues? They have “Gloria,” the 1982 hit song for Laura Branigan that has improbably become the celebration song for a team that won 29 of 43 games to go from last in the NHL to the playoffs and all the way to the Western Conference final against San Jose. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: About 1160 words.


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