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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has budget peace, for now, and spending authorization intact a week early for the upcoming fiscal year. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a $32.7 billion budget package, avoiding the partisan acrimony and protracted budget fights of his first three years in office. Wolf’s signatures came in the hours after the Republican-controlled Legislature approved a flurry of budget bills, barely three days after first details of the no-new-taxes package were unveiled.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A brand new school safety law in Pennsylvania is designed to set up state-administered programs to distribute grants and take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill in the hours after the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved it Friday as part of a budget package that’s seeding the grant program with $60 million. The bill was spurred by February’s Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation designed to get a research provision of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law back on track is headed to the governor’s desk. Both chambers voted Friday for a bill that was drafted in response to a Commonwealth Court judge’s decision last month to halt Health Department regulations for licenses issued to growers and dispensaries that partner with state medical schools.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — People with criminal records who go 10 years without being convicted again will see the record of their lower-level, non-violent crimes automatically sealed under a bill that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign.  The so-called “clean slate” legislation passed the Senate unanimously on Friday after getting House approval with only two “no” votes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Senate is backing legislation that will again delay the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for another school year and provide alternative ways for students to achieve proficiency.  The Senate approved the bill unanimously Friday, amid a flurry of votes as lawmakers scrambled to wrap up their spring session. The bill goes to the House.

Under the bill, the use of the Keystone Exams would be delayed for another year, this time until 2020-21.  Meanwhile, it would task state education officials with coming up with a proficiency standard for students taking the test, and give school districts the ability to develop alternative ways for students to demonstrate proficiency without taking the test.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Pittsburgh Saturday to throw his support behind third-term Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus’s congressional campaign.  Pence will participate in an event at the airport for Rothfus, who’s facing a tough challenge in November from Democrat Conor Lamb.  The boundaries of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are changing with Nov. 6 election. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered new boundaries to replace the ones it ruled were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans.

The new 17th District is considered a tossup.  Pence’s visit to Pittsburgh comes days after hundreds of protesters gathered in a Philadelphia park near a hotel where Pence was speaking at a fundraiser.  Many decried the administration’s policy on migrants that’s resulted in the separation of parents and children at the border.  Later Saturday, Pence heads to South Carolina for an event for Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones.  The justices’ 5-4 decision Friday is a victory for privacy in the digital age.  That’s a big change from the old days when authorities could go to the phone company and obtain information about the numbers dialed from a home telephone without presenting a warrant.  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court’s four liberals.

NEW YORK (AP) — Say this about TV creators in 2018 — they don’t give up easily.  Three current shows — “Roseanne,” ”Transparent” and “House of Cards” — have been crippled by scandal, but each plans to continue without their disgraced stars.  “The bottom line is fundamentally money,” said Karen Tongson, a professor of English, Gender Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. “These crews, these actors, these shows that have audiences, that have critical acclaim, are pushed to continue for those reasons.”

The reboot of “Roseanne” had an excellent first season in the ratings — it also earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC — when its future was thrown into doubt by a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr.  Thursday, ABC said it ordered 10 episodes of a spinoff called “The Conners” after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.  In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when “Roseanne” was canceled last month.

“House of Cards,” Netflix’s first original series and one that’s important for its brand, was rocked last October amid sexual misconduct allegations against star Kevin Spacey. Robin Wright, who co-starred as wife to Spacey’s Francis Underwood, will be the focus of the new final season.  And Amazon Studios has said “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor won’t be on the series when it returns for its fifth season. Two women — an actress on his show and his assistant — allege sexual misconduct; he has vehemently denied it.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Parks officials in Buffalo, New York, are tickled pink over claiming a new world record for having the longest line of garden flamingos .  A Guinness World Records official was on hand Thursday to certify the record — 1,500 pink flamingos — which were set up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks system.

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed Buffalo’s citywide system of parks and parkways. Parks officials took some liberties with his initials — “F” “L” “O” — to come up with the “FLO-mingo” event.  The previous record for the pink, plastic lawn ornaments was held by Pledge the Pink of Callawassie Island, South Carolina, which lined up 1,058 flamingos in 2016.  Buffalo residents were invited to adopt the lawn ornaments and display them at home.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who shot a rattlesnake got a surprise when the headless reptile tried to bite him long after he thought it should be dead. Billy Forbus tells WSFA-TV he saw the snake when he was working in his garden and shot it. He later put it in the back of his pickup truck to go show his father and brother.

Forbus says the animal began moving again when he grabbed it with a tool about an hour later. Video posted to the television station’s social media feed shows the animal attempting to strike at Forbus even though it didn’t have a head. Tyler Harris of the Alabama Wildlife Federation says the snake was operating on reflexes, even though it lacked a brain.

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Here is the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ketel Marte’s two-out single in the 13th inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marte’s liner into center off Tyler Glasnow (1-2) scored Jon Jay from second base as the NL West-leading Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in five games. Andrew Chafin (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win, and T.J. McFarland notched the first save of his career with a perfect 13th. The game was scoreless until both teams scored an unearned run in the 11th.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Odubel Herrera homered for the fifth straight game and finished with four hits, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rout the Washington Nationals 12-2. Herrera hit a tiebreaking two-run shot in the third for his 13th homer, matching the club record for consecutive games with a long ball. He has connected in six of his last seven overall.  The Phillies play on 1070AM WKOK while our normal programming (CBS Sportsradio, AccuWeather, CBS News) continues at WKOK.com. Today’s game is at 3:30pm vs. the Nations.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have put veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Rookie catcher Jacob Stallings was recalled from Triple-A. Cervelli left a game June 9 against the Cubs after being struck on the helmet and left of his jaw by a foul tip. Cervelli passed the concussion protocol and played in six more games, but began feeling symptoms Thursday night. An 11-year veteran, Cervelli has already hit a career-high nine home runs this season.

AP-Scorecard

 

AP-Scorecard
Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
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INTERLEAGUE
Final Baltimore 10 Atlanta 7, 15 Innings
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Oakland 11 Chi White Sox 2
Final Cleveland 10 Detroit 0
Final Tampa Bay 2 N-Y Yankees 1
Final Boston 14 Seattle 10
Final Chi White Sox 6 Oakland 4
Final Texas 8 Minnesota 1
Final Kansas City 1 Houston 0
Final L-A Angels 2 Toronto 1
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Philadelphia 12 Washington 2
Final Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 1, 13 Innings
Final Cincinnati 6 Chi Cubs 3
Final L-A Dodgers 5 N-Y Mets 2
Final Milwaukee 2 St. Louis 1
Final Colorado 11 Miami 3
Final San Diego 6 San Francisco 2
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WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Atlanta 75 Connecticut 70
Final Dallas 101 L.A. Sparks 72
Final Washington 93 Chicago 77
Final Minnesota 83 Phoenix 72
Final Las Vegas 88 N-Y Liberty 78
Final Seattle 72 Indiana 63
TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE
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INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore at Atlanta 4:10 p.m.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m.
Texas at Minnesota 2:10 p.m.
N-Y Yankees at Tampa Bay 4:10 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland 6:10 p.m.
Seattle at Boston 7:15 p.m.
Kansas City at Houston 7:15 p.m.
Toronto at L-A Angels 9:07 p.m.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami at Colorado 3:10 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.
Arizona at Pittsburgh 4:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington 4:05 p.m.
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 4:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Milwaukee 4:10 p.m.
L-A Dodgers at N-Y Mets 7:15 p.m.

 

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