Abortion operators sue PA: AP PA headlines, features, scores & skeds

AP PA Headlines 1/17/19

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The operators of 15 abortion clinics sued Pennsylvania on Wednesday in a bid to persuade state courts to reverse a decades-old decision upholding limits on the use of state Medicaid dollars to cover abortions.  The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, seeks an order requiring the state’s Medicaid program to begin covering abortions, without restriction, and contends that Pennsylvania’s 1982 law violates the constitutional equal protection rights of low-income women.


The abortion clinics cite the same state constitutional provisions as the lawsuit decided by the state Supreme Court in 1985. That court upheld Pennsylvania’s ban on the use of state dollars for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.  “What’s different is the law’s evolved,” said Susan Frietsche, the senior staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project, a Pennsylvania-based public interest law center. “Other states have gone a different way that makes more sense and we have now got some empirical evidence that we didn’t have in 1985. People have studied what happens to low-income women who are deprived of access to abortion and it is devastating to their lives.”


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s newest chancellor of the State System of Higher Education says state-owned universities need to operate more like a system if they want to last.  In his State of the System address Wednesday, 58-year-old Daniel Greenstein says Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities should open courses on all campuses to all students.


The state system has struggled over the past decade with dropping enrollment and lower state revenue.

Instead of competing with one another, Greenstein says the universities should instead be sharing faculty, staff and students. He says that will help save money in the long term.  Greenstein was hired as chancellor last year after serving as a senior adviser with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He previously served as vice provost in the University of California system.


TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school board has voted to postpone a policy allowing teachers to carry guns in school.  The Morning Call reports the Tamaqua Area School District voted 7-1 to postpone the policy Tuesday night. Nick Boyle, who helped create the policy, provided the only opposing vote.  The policy approved in September says teachers and other employees can volunteer to carry concealed, district-issued guns after training.


The district is believed to be the first school system in the state to have such a policy.  Both teachers and parents filed lawsuits against the policy, claiming it violates state law and poses a danger to the community.  School Board President Larry Witting says he believes it’s a “prudent thing from a fiscal perspective” not to implement the policy before a court ruling.

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TORONTO (AP) — Sony Music confirms Celine Dion has requested the label pull her duet with R. Kelly, “I’m Your Angel,” from streaming services. The song was recorded in 1998 and appeared on Dion’s “These Are Special Times” holiday album. The move comes after Lifetime TV aired a documentary series called “Surviving R. Kelly,” which outlined allegations of Kelly’s sexual and physical abuse of women and girls. Kelly has denied wrongdoing. Last week, Lady Gaga said she was pulling her Kelly duet, “Do What U Want (With My Body),” from streaming services.


CHICAGO (AP) — Inspectors checked out R. Kelly’s studio in Chicago while protesters marched outside his record label in New York yesterday. Building inspectors entered the industrial warehouse where Kelly’s studio is to investigate reports that people were living there, in violation of city codes. Meanwhile, protesters chanted and held up signs for RCA Records in New York to drop Kelly. Kelly has come under renewed fire since Lifetime TV aired a documentary series called “Surviving R. Kelly” that looked at allegations that Kelly has sexually and physically abused women and girls. Kelly denies he’s done anything wrong.


NEW YORK (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand is hitting the television daily double this week. The New York senator announced her presidential candidacy on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show,” following it up with an MSNBC interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow.  Her itinerary reflects the importance of those two media figures to the expected crowd of Democrats seeking President Donald Trump’s job. They are dream bookings for campaign aides.


Gillibrand followed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was interviewed by Maddow on Jan. 2. California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro have appeared with Colbert over the past month, but only Gillibrand earned a special “I announced on the ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert'” pin.

Colbert’s withering comic take on Trump has taken him to the top of late-night ratings. Since targeting Trump hardly makes him unique among TV comics, his success gives the “Late Show” particular cache. So far this season he’s averaging 3.76 million viewers a night, compared to 2.49 million for NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and 2.07 million for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, according to the Nielsen company.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The father of a seventh grader in Michigan said Wednesday his son has a scholarship offer from Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.  Brian Marshall said Harbaugh made the offer after watching film of his son Isaiah, who plays quarterback. Offers like this are nonbinding, so it’s hard to tell how seriously they should be taken.


“He’s still a kid, and we keep him pretty grounded,” Brian Marshall said. “This motivated him a little bit more.”

Brian Marshall played collegiately at Northwestern, and he said his first offer came from Purdue when he was a sophomore in high school.  In 2010, the father of 13-year-old quarterback David Sills said his son received an offer from coach Lane Kiffin to play at Southern California. USC fired Kiffin in 2013. Sills ended up at West Virginia, where he was a third-team All-American this past season as a wide receiver.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are still waiting to hear from wide receiver Antonio Brown. Team president Art Rooney II said he’s still not sure what led the Pro Bowler to walk out on the team before the season finale. The Steelers benched Brown for their victory over Cincinnati. He did not show up to clean out his locker after the team missed the playoffs. Rooney says the team has “left everything open” in regards to Brown’s future but added there aren’t many signs pointing to his return in 2019. The Steelers play on 100.9 The Valley.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Luka Garza matched a season-high 22 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds and No. 23 Iowa edged Penn State 89-82. Jordan Bohannon added 19 points, Ryan Kriener notched 15 off the bench and Isaiah Moss and Joe Wieskamp scored 12 and 10 respectively for the Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-3 Big Ten) who won their fourth straight and ninth of 10. Josh Reaves and Rasir Bolton scored 16 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (7-11, 0-7) who led for most of the second half but lost their fifth straight. The Penn State men’s basketball team plays on 1070AM WKOK and WKOK.com.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff by hiring infield coach Bobby Dickerson and first base coach Paco Figueroa. Dickerson spent the past six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as third base coach and worked closely with Manny Machado. Figueroa will oversee outfielders and baserunning in addition to coaching first base. He replaces Jose Flores, who joined Baltimore’s staff. The Phillies play on 1070AM WKOK while our normal programming continues on WKOK.com.




Loyalsock 68, Lewisburg 40


Milton 56, Midd-West 49


Montoursville 62, Central Columbia 43


Mount Carmel 76, Bloomsburg 48


Shamokin 79, Selinsgrove 47


Shikellamy 59, Jersey Shore 44


Southern Columbia 71, South Williamsport 40


Warrior Run 48, Hughesville 37


Wellsboro 61, Athens 48




Benton 55, Bucktail 22


Bloomsburg 50, Lourdes Regional 46


East Juniata 45, Midd-West 24


Lewisburg 48, Jersey Shore 44


Mifflinburg 38, Danville 35


Montgomery 41, Neumann 24


Muncy 53, Columbia-Montour 16


Penns Valley 67, Philipsburg-Osceola 49


Sullivan County 53, Millville 35


Here are the scores from yesterday’s national sports events:



Final OT          Detroit 120      Orlando           115

Final    Milwaukee      111      Memphis         101

Final    Boston 117      Toronto           108

Final OT          Brooklyn         145      Houston          142

Final    San Antonio    105      Dallas  101

Final    Portland          129      Cleveland        112

Final    Golden State   147      New Orleans   140

Final    Utah    129      L.A. Clippers  109



Final    Ottawa            5          Colorado         2

Final    Philadelphia    4          Boston 3

Final OT          Buffalo            4          Calgary            3

Final SO          Edmonton       3          Vancouver       2

Final    Arizona           6          San Jose          3



Final    Iowa St.          68        (8) Texas Tech 64

Final    (14) Auburn    85        Texas A&M    66

Final    Kansas St.       74        (20) Oklahoma            61

Final    (21) Houston   69        SMU   58

Final    (23) Iowa        89        Penn St.           82




N-Y Knicks     at         Washington     3:00 p.m.

Sacramento     at         Charlotte         7:00 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         Indiana            7:00 p.m.

Phoenix           at         Toronto           7:30 p.m.

Chicago           at         Denver            9:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers     at         Oklahoma City            9:30 p.m.



St. Louis          at         Boston 7:00 p.m.

New Jersey      at         N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         N-Y Rangers   7:00 p.m.

Toronto           at         Tampa Bay      7:30 p.m.

Anaheim          at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Winnipeg         at         Nashville         8:00 p.m.

L.A. Kings      at         Dallas  8:30 p.m.



Loyola Marymount     at         (5) Gonzaga    9:00 p.m.

(6) Michigan St.          at         Nebraska         8:00 p.m.


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