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Friday, Feb. 2

Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (Source:

• Justice Department settles Pa. opioid discrimination lawsuit: The state court system will pay $100,000 and train county criminal court and treatment court on acceptable medication-assisted treatment policy. (Source: Capital-Star)

• Octorara Area School Board president killed in plane crash: Sam Ganow died when the small aircraft went down near Coatesville. (Source: CBS 21)

• Utz sells Lititz plant: The Our Home snack company will pay $182.5 million for Utz’ facilities in Lititz and Hanover. (Source: ABC 27)

• GoFundMe started for Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant: The fundraiser will help to support employees while the facility is closed for repairs, the business said. (Source: CBS 21)

• Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring: The famous groundhog did not see his shadow Friday morning in his 138th annual prediction. (Source: AP)

• Nation/world: Publicis to pay $350 million opioid settlement. (Source: UPI) CIA leaker sentenced to 40 years. (Source: ABC News) Economy added 353,000 jobs in January. (Source: CNN) Meta announces first-ever dividend. (Source: CNBC) Three dead in Florida plane crash. (Source: WESH 2)