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Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive

Mar. 26, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Tuesday she was offended by a colleague's decision to open a voting session with a prayer a day earlier that "at the name of Jesus every knee will bow." Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of...

$2M settlement to victim who priest made confess after abuse

Mar. 26, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who made him say confession after the assaults. The settlement with the Diocese of Erie was announced Tuesday by the victim's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian. The...

Sentencing delayed in 2014 slaying of witness,

Mar. 26, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed in Pennsylvania for a man convicted of killing a woman 4½ years ago shortly before she was to meet with prosecutors about his New Jersey-supplied heroin ring. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Price Montgomery told a judge Tuesday he wanted to get...

Mumps vaccination clinics planned at Temple University

Mar. 26, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Health authorities in Philadelphia say the first of two walk-in vaccination clinics will be held Wednesday at Temple University amid a mumps outbreak at the school. The city health department said Tuesday that the number of confirmed and probable cases at the school has reached 105....

Murder, DUI counts added in crash that killed 3

Mar. 26, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A driver arrested after a south Philadelphia crash that killed three people, including two members of a Mummers organization, is now facing third-degree murder charges. Twenty-nine-year-old Keith Campbell was originally charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault after the...

Denver native Freeland feels at home at top of Rox rotation

Mar. 26, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver native Kyle Freeland wears the affection for his city on his right arm: Tattoos of the area code (303), the elevation (5,280) and a silhouette of the Rocky Mountains. With his left, there's the ability to carry the Colorado Rockies to even greater heights. Since it's the team he grew...

Shoe house opens for 1st season since co-owner's death

Mar. 26, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Less than a month after Melanie Schmuck died, the Haines Shoe House she co-owned opened to visitors for a new season on the first day of spring. Jeff Schmuck, Melanie's husband, said he will handle behind-the-scenes aspects of the business. The pair bought the iconic landmark, which can be...

1/3 of Pennsylvania counties move to replace voting systems

Mar. 26, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top elections official says one-third of the state's counties are advancing plans to install new voting systems ahead of 2020's presidential election. Kathy Boockvar, Gov. Tom Wolf's acting secretary of state, told lawmakers Tuesday that 21 of 67 counties have approved...

Pennsylvania gets 'F' for removing lead plumbing in schools

Mar. 26, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report by an environmental and consumer advocacy group is giving Pennsylvania an "F'' for its efforts to remove lead from drinking water in schools. PennEnvironment and PennPIRG released the grade Tuesday, saying Pennsylvania hasn't been aggressive enough in replacing lead pipes,...

3 Philadelphia dental clinics closed due to infection risk

Mar. 26, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three dental offices in Philadelphia have been closed for what city health officials say was improper reprocessing and sterilization of dental equipment, along with lapses in injection safety practices. Patients of the Trieu Family Dental Clinics are also urged to get tested for HIV,...