Natural gas companies on hook for millions: AP PA headlines, features, scores & skeds

AP PA Headlines 1/4/19

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas companies are expected to be on the hook for millions of dollars in unpaid state “impact fees” after a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pennsylvania utility regulators are generating invoices for some 17 shale gas producers that had challenged fees on some of their wells amid a legal dispute with the state.

The dispute centered on what counts as a “stripper well,” or a well that is nearing the end of its life. Such wells are exempt from annual impact fees.  Drillers had argued for a more expansive definition of the term, meaning more wells would be exempt from the fees, but the Supreme Court disagreed.  The PUC estimates the decision involves hundreds of wells and millions of dollars in fees.  An industry group plans to ask the justices to reconsider.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A review by The Associated Press has found an unprecedented public reckoning is underway in the nation’s Roman Catholic Church since the release of a shocking grand jury report in Pennsylvania four months ago.  Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders across the U.S. have publicly named more than 1,000 predator priests, and 55 more dioceses say they plan to release names in the next few months.

The AP also found nearly 20 local, state or federal investigations, criminal or civil, have begun since the report and could lead to more names as well as fines or court-ordered safety measures against the church.  Victims’ advocates say more people are coming forward, too.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police have filed homicide charges against a man who apparently stabbed himself before driving into an SUV in Philadelphia, killing two members of a New Year’s string band and a third person.  The city District Attorney’s Office says 29-year-old Keith Campbell, of Delaware, could face additional charges in connection with the Wednesday crash.  Witnesses told police Campbell crossed the median into opposing traffic while speeding before crashing into the SUV.

Three people were killed at the scene. A fourth suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries in the crash.  Two of the people killed were members of a string band that had performed in the annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.  Campbell remains hospitalized in critical condition.  It was not clear if Campbell had a lawyer and attempts to reach relatives have been unsuccessful.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to help expand a national educational program developed in response to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sandy Hook Promise, an organization whose founders include the parents of some of the children killed in the Connecticut shooting, announced Thursday that Disney will help fund and further develop its Start With Hello program.

 

That is a curriculum that promotes inclusion and combats social isolation among elementary school students. The program is designed to reach children who feel marginalized and let them know that they are seen and valued. It is available to schools at no cost. Sandy Hook Promise says it expects to train 2.8 million students and adults in 6,000 schools and youth organizations in the program’s first three years.

 

UNDATED (AP) — Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?  The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call it smartphone psychiatry or child psychology 2.0.  Studies have linked heavy smartphone use with worsening teen mental health.

 

But as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts or watch YouTube videos, they also leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being.  Changes in typing speed, voice tone, word choice and how often kids stay home could signal trouble, according to preliminary studies. Depression affects about 3 million U.S. teens, and rates have climbed in the past decade. One expert says there might be as many as 1,000 smartphone “biomarkers” for depression.

 

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, numbers boosted by a video clip shot by pop star Beyonce amid its paintings and sculptures.  The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French master Delacroix as a reason for the record.

 

The video of Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, featuring the Mona Lisa and other world-famous artworks, has been viewed over 146 million times on YouTube.  The museum notes a significant rise in the number of foreign visitors —almost three-quarters of total visitor numbers — mostly from the United States, China, other European countries and Brazil.  Tourism in the French capital has rebounded since 2017 after a sharp fall following 2015 terror attacks.

 

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant that’s preparing to open has removed a sign advertising its name over concerns that it sounded like profanity.  The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on a type of soup, which is spelled P-H-O, but is pronounced “fuh.” The restaurant calls itself by the name of the soup, followed by the words “Keene Great.”

 

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said it’s intended to sound like profanity and that owner Isabelle Jolie didn’t get permission to hang any sign.  Jolie said she doesn’t think the name is offensive.  Dragon tells New Hampshire Public Radio the city wants Jolie to be successful, but that it has to strike a balance.  Both sides plan to meet soon.  Krispy Kreme delivers doughnuts to officers over pastry loss

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company and a police escort delivered dozens of doughnuts to the city police department Wednesday afternoon. Officer Kyle Mounce says no one was injured when a Krispy Kreme truck caught fire in the city on Monday, but the truck’s doughnuts were ruined. The fire’s cause was unclear as of Monday.

 

Lexington police shared posts on social media of the burned truck and officers jokingly mourning the loss.

The posts were widely shared online and police departments across the country offered their condolences. The chief marketing officer for Krispy Kreme, Dave Skena, says the company wanted to comfort the department in their time of sorrow.

 

UNDATED (AP) — Olivia Newton-John not only is alive and well, but she’s showing her face to prove it. Newton-John has been battling cancer for the third time. Recent tabloid reports said she was weeks from death. Newton-John posted a video online in which she says with a laugh, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote.” She says she’s “doing great” and thanks fans for their support.

 

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PA Sports Stories, Scores & Skeds

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Iggy Brazdeikis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 2 Michigan returned to Big Ten play with a 68-55 victory over Penn State. Jordan Poole led Michigan with 17 points and has reached double figures in nine straight games. Charles Matthews added 14 points for the Wolverines. This game, and all Penn State men’s basketball games, are on Newsradio 1070 WKOK and WKOK.com.

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Penn State coach Patrick Chambers apologized following a loss at Michigan after he appeared to shove one of his players during a timeout. The ESPN broadcast showed footage of a fired-up Chambers in a huddle, reaching out with one arm and appearing to push freshman guard Myles Dread in the chest. Chambers said afterward he loves Dread and was trying to get the best out of him. He says he’ll do it a different way next time.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alshon Jeffery is all business this week. The talented wide receiver is playing in Chicago for the first since he left the Bears after five seasons and joined the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s not feeling sentimental. The Eagles have a tough road trying to defend their Super Bowl title, starting with a wild-card game against the Bears. The Eagles play on our sister station Eagle 107.

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

Canton 66, Montgomery 44

 

Gratz 56, Audenried 38

 

Greenwood 68, East Juniata 28

 

Juniata 76, Susquenita 28

 

Millville 58, Meadowbrook Christian 27

 

Montoursville 62, Neumann 57

 

Wyoming Valley West 43, Berwick 33

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

Mifflinburg 46, Central Columbia 17

 

Montoursville 27, Hughesville 21

 

Shikellamy 45, Bloomsburg 29

 

Southern Columbia 46, Lewisburg 44

 

Towanda 49, Northeast Bradford 43

 

Williamsport 73, Bellefonte 62

 

Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    San Antonio    125      Toronto           107

Final    Denver            117      Sacramento     113

Final OT          Houston          135      Golden State   134

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Minnesota       4          Toronto           3

Final    Carolina           5          Philadelphia    3

Final    Buffalo            4          Florida 3

Final    Boston 6          Calgary            4

Final OT          N-Y Islanders 3          Chicago           2

Final    Montreal          2          Vancouver       0

Final    St. Louis          5          Washington     2

Final    Tampa Bay      6          L.A. Kings      2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (2) Michigan    68        Penn St.           55

Final    (18) NC State  87        Miami  82

Final    (21) Indiana    73        Illinois 65

Final    Minnesota       59        (22) Wisconsin            52

Final    Purdue 86        (25) Iowa        70

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Utah    at         Cleveland        7:30 p.m.

Orlando           at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Washington     at         Miami  8:00 p.m.

Brooklyn         at         Memphis         8:00 p.m.

Indiana            at         Chicago           8:00 p.m.

Dallas  at         Boston 8:00 p.m.

Atlanta            at         Milwaukee      8:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers  at         Phoenix           9:00 p.m.

N-Y Knicks     at         L.A. Lakers     10:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City            at         Portland          10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Winnipeg         at         Pittsburgh        7:00 p.m.

Nashville         at         Detroit 7:30 p.m.

Columbus        at         Carolina           7:30 p.m.

Washington     at         Dallas  8:00 p.m.

New Jersey      at         Arizona           9:00 p.m.

N-Y Rangers   at         Colorado         9:00 p.m.

Vegas  at         Anaheim          10:00 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(20) Buffalo    at         E. Michigan     9:00 p.m.

 

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