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Pennsylvania unemployment shrinks as payrolls hit new high

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the second straight month, as payrolls hit a record high and the labor force tightened again.  The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent last month, down one-tenth of a percentage point. The national rate was 4.2 percent in September.

A survey of households found that Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force shrank for the fourth straight month, this time by 15,000, after hitting a record high in May. Employment and unemployment were both down, as well. A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by 10,300 in September to a record high above 5.97 million. The financial, construction and trade, transportation and utility sectors reported the most growth.  Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.

 

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Several hundred students at a Pennsylvania high school walked out to protest the second race-related incident at the school in just over a week: a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols.  The Coatesville Area High School students walked out around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The Coatesville Area School District says it appears the photo was taken off school grounds and after school hours. Superintendent Cathy Taschner says the district will “exercise its full authority” to send a message that the carvings aren’t acceptable.  The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. Four young people posed behind the pumpkins.  Earlier this month, a black baby doll was found hanging in the school’s locker room with a tie around its neck. Taschner called it a “foolish prank.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school will spend the weekend considering whether to plead guilty. The development grew out of a pretrial hearing Friday in Westmoreland County for 20-year-old Alex Hribal, who was 16 when he slashed his way through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville before classes in 2014. Hribal would likely face decades in prison if he pleads guilty.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania’s attorney general’s office says a 72-year-old prosecutor misused the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving his 39-year-old girlfriend. Charges filed late Thursday against Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson include nine obstruction counts and six charging misuse of government powers. Karson is accused of trying to get a judge to release her on bond instead of jailing her in criminal cases.

 

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town’s fire department is praising an ex-councilwoman whose donation helped save 19 cats in a house fire. The Allentown Fire Department tells The Morning Call former councilwoman Gail Hoover’s $4,000 gift enabled it to buy pet-friendly oxygen masks and collapsible animal crates used when a fire struck a home filled with 50 cats and several dogs last weekend. Firefighters on Friday thanked Hoover, who holds a birthday bash every March and collects donations for her favorite causes.

 

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school varsity football coach has been dismissed after he allegedly instructed his players to taunt an opposing player for having two mothers as parents.

The parents, Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray, of Yarmouth, say Gray-New Gloucester coach Duane Greaton told his players to taunt their son every time he was tackled during a game last Friday by saying, “Who’s your daddy?”

The Eckersley-Rays say parents and players told them about the taunting order before the game began, but no taunting was overheard during the game.  Superintendent Craig King said Thursday that Greaton no longer works for the district.  It’s unclear if the coach resigned or was fired. Greaton did not return a phone call seeking comment.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says the federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed budget year, an $80 billion spike over last year.  The word comes as Republicans controlling Washington are moving quickly to draft a rewrite of the tax code that could add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.

The sobering deficit numbers follow Senate passage Thursday of a 10-year budget plan that shelves GOP concerns on deficits and debt in favor of the upcoming tax overhaul. President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill hope the tax measure will spark a burst of economic growth — and pay big political dividends for the party.  Last year’s deficit registered $585 billion, itself a big spike over the previous year.

 

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A national memorial to military women is celebrating its 20th anniversary.  Festivities are planned throughout the weekend at the Women in Military Service for America Memorialin Arlington. The memorial is located next to Arlington National Cemetery but is not part of the cemetery itself.

A key feature of the memorial is a registry that seeks to include information on the service of all 3 million women who have served in the U.S. military. So far, though, the registry includes fewer than 270,000 veterans.  The memorial is funded through a private nonprofit, and supporters say its future is at risk. A fundraising campaign by a group called AcademyWomen has raised more than $110,000. The goal is $1.5 million.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Twitter user has earned kudos online for discovering a subtle message on KFC’s account.  The KFC account follows just 11 users; five of them are former members of the Spice Girls and the other six are men named Herb, including Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters and music legend Herb Alpert.

It adds up to 11 herbs and spices, part of the famous secret recipe KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders touted for his fried chicken.  The connection was noticed on Twitter by a user who goes by “Edge.” His tweet about it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on the platform.  KFC tells The Associated Press it has been following the 11 Herbs and Spices for about a month.

 

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Sports, Scores & Skeds

 

Newsradio 1070 WKOK today will broadcast the Penn State Nittany Lions football game game against Michigan. Pre-game starts at 6pm and kick-off is at 7pm. The game will be on 1070AM WKOK.  Prior to the game, and after, you’ll hear CBS Sportsradio coverage of MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL and College Football. Sunday at noon, we’ll have NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. will both be on the show.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 21 points, Al Horford had 17 and the Boston Celtics won for the first time without Gordon Hayward, 102-92 over the Philadelphia 76ers. Horford and Irving took over down the stretch to quiet a raucous 76ers’ crowd in the home opener.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Conor Sheary scored a power-play goal with 2:53 left to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Sheary backhanded the puck past James Reimer.

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander threw seven shutout innings and the Houston Astros forced a Game 7 in the American League Championship Series with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees. Verlander struck out eight and allowed just five hits after going the distance in the Astros’ 2-1 victory in Game 2. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) hit a solo homer and a two-run single after Brian McCann’s RBI double put Houston ahead in the fifth inning.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

 

Shikellamy      32        Final

Loyalsock        26

 

Mount Carmel 14        Final

Selinsgrove      35

 

Bloomsburg     21        Final

Lewisburg       12

 

Mifflinburg     28        Final

Milton 35

 

Shamokin        6          Final

Danville           34

 

Montgomery   26        Final

Warrior Run    34

 

South Williamsport     34        Final

Muncy 8

 

Hughesville     7          Final

Montoursville  29

 

Upper Dauphin           33        Final

Halifax            6

 

Line Mountain            6          Final

Juniata 14

 

Lake Lehman  14        Final

Berwick           41

 

Tri Valley        7          Final

Williams Valley           50

 

Southern Columbia     42        Final

Central Columbia        0

 

Jersey Shore    31        Final

Bald Eagle Area          7

 

NATIONAL SCOREBOARD

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

 

Final    Houston          7          N-Y Yankees  1

 

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

 

Final    Washington     115      Detroit 111

Final    Boston 102      Philadelphia    92

Final    Cleveland        116      Milwaukee      97

Final    Charlotte         109      Atlanta            91

Final    Portland          114      Indiana            96

Final    Brooklyn         126      Orlando           121

Final    Minnesota       100      Utah    97

Final    Sacramento     93        Dallas  88

Final    Golden State   128      New Orleans   120

Final    L.A. Lakers     132      Phoenix           130

 

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

 

Final    Vancouver       4          Buffalo            2

Final    San Jose          3          New Jersey      0

Final    Pittsburgh        4          Florida             3

Final    Washington     4          Detroit             3 OT

Final    Winnipeg         4          Minnesota       3

Final    Anaheim          6          Montreal          2

 

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

 

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

 

N-Y Yankees  at         Houston          8:08 p.m.

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

 

Philadelphia    at         Toronto           7:30 p.m.

Orlando           at         Cleveland        8:00 p.m.

San Antonio    at         Chicago           8:00 p.m.

Indiana            at         Miami  8:00 p.m.

Detroit at         N-Y Knicks     8:00 p.m.

Dallas  at         Houston          8:00 p.m.

Golden State   at         Memphis         8:00 p.m.

Portland          at         Milwaukee      8:30 p.m.

Sacramento     at         Denver            9:00 p.m.

Oklahoma City            at         Utah    9:00 p.m.

Phoenix           at         L.A. Clippers  10:30 p.m.

 

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

 

Nashville         at         N-Y Rangers   12:30 p.m.

Edmonton       at         Philadelphia    1:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         Tampa Bay      7:00 p.m.

San Jose          at         N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m.

Buffalo            at         Boston 7:00 p.m.

Toronto           at         Ottawa            7:00 p.m.

L.A. Kings      at         Columbus        7:00 p.m.

Florida at         Washington     7:30 p.m.

Carolina           at         Dallas  8:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Arizona           9:00 p.m.

Minnesota       at         Calgary            10:00 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Vegas  10:30 p.m.

 

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TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 

Tennessee        at         (1) Alabama    3:30 p.m.

(19) Michigan  at         (2) Penn St.     7:30 p.m.

Kansas             at         (4) TCU           8:00 p.m.

Maryland         at         (5) Wisconsin  12:00 p.m.

Syracuse          at         (8) Miami        3:30 p.m.

(9) Oklahoma  at         Kansas St.       4:00 p.m.

(10) Oklahoma St.       at         Texas   12:00 p.m.

(11) Southern Cal        at         (13) Notre Dame         7:30 p.m.

North Carolina            at         (14) Virginia Tech       3:30 p.m.

Colorado         at         (15) Washington St.    10:45 p.m.

(17) South Florida       at         Tulane 7:00 p.m.

Indiana            at         (18) Michigan St.        3:30 p.m.

(20) UCF         at         Navy   3:30 p.m.

(21) Auburn    at         Arkansas         7:30 p.m.

(23) West Virginia      at         Baylor 8:00 p.m.

(24) LSU         at         Mississippi       7:15 p.m.

 

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