PA offered over $4 billion for Amazon headquarters: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP PA Headlines 11/14/18

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Now that Pennsylvania has been unsuccessful in luring Amazon’s second headquarters, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is revealing that it made an offer valued at up to $4.6 billion in taxpayer-paid incentives to the online shopping giant.  Wolf’s office on Tuesday released copies of two letters it sent, one to Amazon’s office of economic development and one to Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos.


All told, the state proposed a performance-based grant program estimated to deliver up to $4.5 billion to Amazon over 25 years. It also offered another $100 million for transportation improvements.  Wolf’s administration says the program would have been accessible to other businesses, as well, and would have required legislative approval. Wolf’s administration earlier had refused requests for records of financial incentives it offered Amazon, citing an ongoing, competitive process.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Victims of child sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia can begin filing claims as part of a victim compensation fund.  Claims administrators said Tuesday they sent 342 packets to survivors who had previously reported credible allegations.  They say the archdiocese has committed to pay accepted claims, there is no appeal process and there is no cap on the fund or the amount individual victims can receive.


Victims have to waive their rights to sue the archdiocese in the future to accept offers.  Victims must register claims by July 31 and file them by Sept. 30.  Pennsylvania’s dioceses started announcing details about victim compensation funds last week, nearly three months after a sweeping grand jury report documented decades of child sexual abuse by priests in six dioceses.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawsuit claims Pennsylvania sends out absentee ballots too late, preventing some people from returning them in time.  The lawsuit by the ACLU and nine voters was filed Tuesday in Commonwealth Court against the governor, top elections officials and leaders of the House and Senate.  The voters say they submitted absentee ballot applications as required by Oct. 30 but received ballots too late to meet the Nov. 2 deadline for submitting them.


The lawsuit claims the absentee ballot system violates state constitutional rights to vote and to equal protection under the law.  The voters want the rules declared unconstitutional and a new deadline established.  Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says the lawsuit will be reviewed. An aide to the top-ranking Senate Republican leader says the suit has no validity.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in the Pennsylvania House are returning their floor leader to the job for another two years and installing a member from Philadelphia to be his second in command.  The House Democratic caucus tweeted out Rep. Frank Dermody’s selection to be minority leader as the voting continued behind closed doors. Rep. Jordan Harris was chosen to be the whip.


Dermody is a former prosecutor from Allegheny County who has been in the House since 1990. Harris was first elected to the Legislature in 2012.  The voting follows the Republicans’ choice of Lancaster Rep. Bryan Cutler to be majority leader and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff as GOP whip.  Senate caucus elections are Wednesday.


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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press.  Besides seeking an injunction to let Acosta return immediately, CNN is launching a case that will test the ability of government officials anywhere to freeze out a reporter who displeases them.


The White House, never shy about picking a fight with CNN, says bring it on.  “This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.  The administration stripped Acosta of his pass following President Donald Trump’s contentious news conference last week, during which Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn’t want to hear anything more from him.


WESTTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll.  State police say they went to the Sanctuary for Animals in Westtown on Sunday night when they got a call about a wandering elephant.

Amanda Brook, whose family owns the sanctuary, tells the Times Herald-Record  that the 46-year-old Asian elephant named Fritha has lived at the sanctuary most of her life.


She wandered off after a worker forgot to turn on an electric fence that keeps her in her designated space at night.  Her owners and troopers found her nearby and escorted her back home.  The sanctuary also runs Dawn Animal Agency, which provides animals for movies, commercials and talk shows.


HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Police are praising a woman for avoiding tragedy after a deer crashed through her windshield and landed in the back passenger seat of her SUV.  Authorities say the deer darted in front of 36-year-old Melissa Misthal as she was driving early Monday in Howell, New Jersey.  Misthal tried to avoid the deer, but couldn’t.


Pictures posted on Facebook by police show the force of the impact sent the animal airborne and into her windshield. Its carcass came to a rest on the rear floor.  Authorities praised Misthal for keeping calm, noting that she safely pulled over despite being injured and not knowing if the deer was still alive.

Misthal was treated for a minor injury at the scene.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It’s said you can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. And it appears a sweeter approach can also attract more people who are behind on their taxes. Officials in the central New York town of Syracuse decided to take a more personal approach to trying to get people to pay up. So instead of firing off a bunch of computerized dunning letters, city officials began sending personalized, handwritten notes, asking residents to square up with the city. And it worked. The city says it was able to pull in $1.5 million more than it usually would have by flooding mailboxes with the standard legal letters demanding payment.


BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian man was surprised to find 95,000 euros ($107,000) stashed inside a secondhand cupboard he’d bought — and promptly returned the money.  Adela Stanici told The Associated Press Tuesday that her husband, a construction worker, had recently bought the cupboard from a popular online site.


Days later, as she was making dinner, husband Samuel yelled: “come and see what I’ve found,” a metal box in the cupboard stuffed with 500-euro notes.  She said the pair counted the money together: “We were shocked. We couldn’t sleep all night.”  “We thought it might be a trap, a setup, and we knew we had to get the money back to where it came from,” the mother of four said by telephone.  The husband traveled from their home, in the western village of Bichigi, to the city where the owner lived. The man revealed the cupboard had belonged to his recently deceased father.


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Scores & Skeds


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii Dadonov scored goals, Roberto Luongo made 29 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 for their fifth straight win.    Jakub Voracek had the lone goal for the Flyers, who had won three straight and five of six.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell won’t play in 2018. The star running back declined to sign his one-year $14.4 million franchise tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday’s deadline, making him ineligible to suit up for the AFC North-leading Steelers or anyone else this season. The Steelers play on our sister station 100.9 The Valley.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games when the Scarlet Knights beat Central Connecticut State 73-44. Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the 1,000-victory club.


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final     Cleveland         113      Charlotte          89

Final     Houston           109      Denver 99

Final     Golden State    110      Atlanta 103



Final     New Jersey      4          Pittsburgh         2

Final     N-Y Islanders  5          Vancouver        2

Final     Florida 2          Philadelphia      1

Final     Buffalo 2          Tampa Bay       1

Final     Detroit  6          Arizona            1

Final     Washington      5          Minnesota        2

Final     Edmonton         6          Montreal          2

Final     Toronto            5          L.A. Kings       1

Final     San Jose           5          Nashville          4



Final     (5) Tennessee   66        Georgia Tech    53

Final     (22) LSU         85        Memphis          76




Philadelphia      at         Orlando            7:00 p.m.

Cleveland         at         Washington      7:00 p.m.

Miami   at         Brooklyn          7:30 p.m.

Chicago            at         Boston 7:30 p.m.

Detroit  at         Toronto            7:30 p.m.

N-Y Knicks     at         Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.

New Orleans    at         Minnesota        8:00 p.m.

Memphis          at         Milwaukee       8:00 p.m.

Utah     at         Dallas   8:30 p.m.

San Antonio     at         Phoenix            9:00 p.m.

Portland           at         L.A. Lakers      10:30 p.m.



Washington      at         Winnipeg          8:00 p.m.

St. Louis           at         Chicago            8:00 p.m.

Boston at         Colorado          10:00 p.m.

Anaheim           at         Vegas   10:30 p.m.



  1. Michigan at (1) Duke          7:00 p.m.

(18) Michigan   at         (8) Villanova     6:30 p.m.

Mississippi College       at         (9) Auburn       8:00 p.m.

North Dakota   at         (10) Kentucky  9:00 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe        at         (11) Michigan St.          7:00 p.m.

Sam Houston St.          at         (19) Clemson   7:00 p.m.

(24) Marquette at         Indiana 8:30 p.m.


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