Pa—Pennsylvania News Digest

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.

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TOP STORIES:

BILL COSBY

PHILADELPHIA — Actor Bill Cosby won’t be paroled this year after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison in Pennsylvania. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 283 words. With AP Photos.

PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS-MAIL BALLOTS

HARRISBURG — Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House threatened Friday to seek removal of two Democratic elections officials in Philadelphia for counting mail-in ballots that had not been hand-dated by the voters. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 372 words.

SOUTHWEST PILOT-INDECENT EXPOSURE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A retired Southwest Airlines pilot was sentenced to probation Friday after pleading guilty to exposing his genitals to a female first officer and watching pornography on a laptop during a flight from Philadelphia to Florida last year, an incident that he said started as a “consensual prank” with the co-pilot. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 640 words.

HORSE RACING-DOPING INVESTIGATION

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is lifting its mask mandate no later than June 28. The Department of Health announced Thursday that it will no longer require unvaccinated people to wear masks in public on June 28 or once 70% of adults are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first. People are considered fully vaccinated once they are two weeks beyond their last required dose of COVID-19 vaccine. SENT: 235 words.

GAY ADOPTION-KENTUCKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A cultural clash pitting religious beliefs against gay rights has jeopardized Kentucky’s long-running relationship with a foster care and adoption agency affiliated with the Baptist church that serves some of the state’s most vulnerable children. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 1,090 words. With AP photos.

HERRING RUNS

PORTLAND, ME — A small fish that has been the subject of conservation efforts for years appears to be growing in number in the rivers of the East Coast. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 525 words. With AP photos.

BRIEFS:

GAMBLING EXPANSION-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by owners of seven Pennsylvania casinos trying to shut down the state’s online lottery games, rejecting the casinos’ arguments that the lottery’s internet-based games used systems unique enough to slot machines and casino-style gambling to violate state law.

POLICE CHIEF-CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGE

WEST HAZELTON — A police chief in northeastern Pennsylvania threatened to retaliate against a social media critic by filing unfounded criminal charges against the person, federal prosecutors said Friday in announcing a charge of violating civil rights.

ODD-FRIENDLY GROUSE

NEW LONDON, N.H. — Some people are greeted by the family dog. For Todd Westward, of New Hampshire, it’s a ruffed grouse.

KOFFEE KUP BAKERY

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Canadian company is hoping to buy Vermont’s Koffee Kup Bakery, which closed abruptly last month because of financial troubles.

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