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. Joe Mandak is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or [email protected]
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TROOPER ARREST-PREGNANT WIFE KILLED
PHILADELPHIA — A former Pennsylvania state trooper has been arrested in the 2014 shooting death of his pregnant wife afer a new analysis showed his gun, which he said accidentally went off when he was cleaning it, was three to six inches from her head when it went off. By Kristen de Groot. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m., photo.
SODA TAX PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA — Less than three months into Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened drinks, the salvos have escalated: Beverage makers say the measure is hurting sales so much they need to slash jobs, while city officials say the moves are a ploy to get the tax struck down. By Candice Choi and Kristen de Groot. SENT: 980 words, photos.
HARRISBURG — Ex-Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord returns to the stand for a third day in the corruption trial of a suburban Philadelphia investment adviser, as prosecutors play recordings of conversations that McCord made while wearing a wire for the FBI in his final months in elected office. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 600 words after 9 a.m. scheduled start of testimony.
HILLARY CLINTON-ST. PATRICK'S DAY
SCRANTON — Hillary Clinton's gradual return to the public spotlight following her presidential election loss continues with a St. Patrick's Day speech in her late father's Pennsylvania hometown. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP Photos developing from Friday night speech that will begin sometime after 7 p.m. EDT dinner.
ALLENTOWN — A Pennsylvania couple has been sentenced to federal prison for sneaking a Nigerian woman into the country so she could essentially become what a federal judge calls "a slave." SENT: 292 words.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let them pick up the tab. By John Flesher. SENT: 744 words, AP Photos.
DEFORMED DOG RESCUED
SEWELL, N.J. — A dog that was rescued from Thailand after it was left with half a face has found a home in New Jersey. SENT: 300 words.
BOSTON — Four homeless people who say they were injured by security guards at a Boston train station have sued a former guard and the company he worked for. SENT: 150 words.
—AIR SHOW-ARNOLD PALMER— Arnold Palmer's private airplane and other memorabilia will be on display at the Westmoreland County Air Show scheduled near his hometown of Latrobe.
HOVERBOARD-FIRE DEATHS— A Pennsylvania firefighter who died in a traffic accident on the way to a deadly house fire that authorities are blaming on an exploding hoverboard is being honored.
—MUSLIM SLURS-ATTACK — Federal prosecutors have added a hate crime charge against a Pennsylvania man already awaiting trial on charges used anti-Muslim slurs and physically attacked another man while drunk at a restaurant in November.
—DANCER-BABY-SELLING CHARGES — A Pennsylvania exotic dancer is wanted on charges she agreed to sell her newborn daughter for $1,700 and theft for keeping the money without delivering the child.
—STOLEN JEWELRY — Authorities are trying to find the owners of $1.5 million worth of jewelry, coins and other valuables that they say were taken during burglaries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
—HIKER LOSES HAND — A Pennsylvania hiker is recovering after his left hand was blown off while trying to start a campfire on the Appalachian Trail.
—FOOD TRUCK ROBBERIES-PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of a man suspected of robbing two food trucks earlier this week.
—SHOT-RUN OVER — Authorities in Philadelphia say a man has died after he was shot and then later run over by a minivan.
—TWO STABBED-PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police are trying to sort out an incident that left two men with stab wounds in Center City.
BKC-NCAA-1S ON THE RUN
SALT LAKE CITY — It's going to happen. Maybe not Friday, when Kansas and North Carolina take their turn at trying to avoid history. But if not then, well, some year soon. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 796 words, AP Photos.
DURHAM, N.C. — Temple hasn't appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2011, and Oregon hadn't been there until 2005. For perennial women's basketball power Duke, the wait seemingly felt even longer. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP Photos by 5 p.m. EDT.
LOS ANGELES — UCLA enjoys home-court advantage as the Bruins prepare to open the NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion against Boise State. Texas A&M and Penn traveled west to play each other. UPCOMING: 500 words, AP Photos by 9 p.m. EDT
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins return from a long road trip to host New Jersey on Friday night. The Penguins trail Washington by three points for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP Photos developing from 7 p.m. EDT start.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — As an All-Star shortstop in the 1970s and '80s, Larry Bowa recalls having a clear job description. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1163 words, AP Photos.
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