BC-PA–Pennsylvania News Digest, PA




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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE-FALL AGENDA

HARRISBURG — It's been more than two months since state lawmakers wrapped up the budget session and left from the Capitol, returning only for a day when senators were summoned back to hastily confirm Bruce Beemer as attorney general at the end of August. Their lengthy vacation from Harrisburg ends on Monday, when the House returns to a fairly light voting agenda, followed a week later by the Senate. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

FBI AGENT SHOT

PITTSBURGH — A western Pennsylvania woman who fatally shot an FBI agent during a drug raid at her home in 2008 is again trying to get a federal judge to reduce her 15-year, 10-month prison sentence. By Joe Mandak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m. EDT.

FIRE-THREE BROTHERS KILLED

NEW CASTLE — Three mentally disabled brothers have been found dead in a western Pennsylvania house fire that appears to have been fueled by some kind of flammable liquid in several spots. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon EDT, with other updates as warranted.

SHOTS FIRED-OFFICER STRUCK

VANDERGRIFT — State police say it will take weeks to mechanically examine a specially equipped car driven by a man who was shot at by a Pennsylvania police officer who was hit by the vehicle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m. EDT.

ELSEWHERE:

NETHERLANDS-TURKEY-SCHOOL TENSIONS

A Dutch court has banned a group of parents from calling a Dutch school a "terrorist school" because of its alleged links to the Islamic cleric Turkey accuses of masterminding July's failed coup. SENT: 135 words.

EXCHANGE:

TRANSIT END-RUN

LANCASTER — Bill Horn takes a Red Rose Transit Authority bus to get from his home in Lancaster to his job at McDonald's on Centerville Road, in the city's western suburbs. Getting there isn't a problem. Getting home is. By Dan Nephin, LNP. SENT: 482 words.

IN BRIEF:

—INTERNET GAMBLING-NEW JERSEY — The owner of a Philadelphia casino that is one of Atlantic City's main competitors is the newest player in New Jersey's internet gambling market.

—UNEMPLOYMENT RATE-PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose again last month, and it now lags the national unemployment rate by the widest gap in more than three decades.

—PRIEST ABUSE-INVESTIGATIONS — A state lawmaker who says he was abused by a suburban Philadelphia priest more than three decades ago now says state prosecutors are investigating priest abuse accusations in that diocese and another in Pennsylvania's capital.

—ODD-ADDRESS THIEVES — Philadelphia police are "addressing" an unusual crime spree: Someone is stealing the 1s and zeroes from addresses on people's homes.

—THAT'S WHAT I DO — Police say an eastern Pennsylvania man jailed on charges he stabbed a man outside a party bragged to a friend, "That's what I do."

—UNEMPLOYMENT RATE-PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose again last month, and it now lags the national unemployment rate by the widest gap in more than a decade.

—POSTAL CARRIER BEATEN — A postal worker has been beaten with an aluminum baseball bat in a Pittsburgh suburb by two men who also smashed the window of his delivery truck.

—INSURANCE SCAM-CITY FLEET — A former city fleet supervisor in Philadelphia has admitted to theft and conspiracy charges in a scheme that prosecutors say steered work to an auto body shop that overcharged the city more than $400,000.

—STREETS COMMISSIONER-ASSAULT — A suspended Philadelphia official has returned to work in a lesser role four months after he was arrested and charged with repeatedly punching a man in the face during a dispute at a holiday party.

—PASTOR'S WIFE-SHOOTING — Police say a Philadelphia pastor's wife pulled out a gun and shot an armed man who was trying to rob her and her family.

—GIRL RAPED-CONVICTION — A man has been sentenced to 24 to 70 years in prison after he was convicted of crawling into a 6-year-old girl's bed and raping her during a break-in at her family's suburban Philadelphia apartment.

—LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL-SCHUYLKILL — The merger of two eastern Pennsylvania hospital networks is complete now that the flagship for one has changed its name to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill (SKOOL'-kil).

SPORTS:

FBC--PENN STATE-PATERNO

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State supporters and former players begin a two-day salute to mark the late Joe Paterno's first game, an anniversary that comes with controversy because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., followed by developments from 7 p.m. event with former players.

FBN-BENGALS-STEELERS

PITTSBURGH — The Cincinnati Bengals insist they're past the meltdown that cost them so dearly in a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last January. By Will Graves. SENT: 837 words, AP Photos.

FBN-EAGLES-BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Carson Wentz turned heads in his NFL debut. Now, all eyes will be on him. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 815 words, AP Photos.

FBN-EAGLES-MILLS

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Goblin is ready for prime time. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 402 words, AP Photos.

MARLINS-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Adam Morgan (2-10) takes the mound for the Phillies in the start of a three-game series vs. Miami. Tom Koehler (9-11) pitches for the Marlins.

Anthony SanFilippo. Upcoming. 650 words. With hometown lead on losing team. Starts 7:05 p.m

PIRATES-REDS

CINCINNATI — The Pirates and Reds open a four-game series. By stringer Mark Schmetrzer. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET. With hometown lead.

STEELERS-PASS RUSH

PITTSBURGH — For all those gaudy numbers the Pittsburgh Steelers put up in their season-opening romp against Washington, there was one zero on the stat sheet that bothers them: the zero in the sack column. The defense will try to remedy that on Sunday against Cincinnati. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

PITTSBURGH-OKLAHOMA ST

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State is trying to bounce back from it's heartbreaking loss to Central Michigan, but Pittsburgh, with star running back James Conner, is looking to push its way into the Top 25. UPCOMING: 550 words, with photos. Story by 5 p.m. Central.

ALSO: FBH-PENNSYLVANIA PREP SCORES.

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