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January 23, 2013

5 Things to know in Pennsylvania news

Here is your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Wednesday:

SUSPENDED STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE MELVIN WILL BE SITTING ON OTHER SIDE OF BENCH TODAY

That's when jury selection begins in the Pittsburgh-area jurist's campaign corruption trial. Melvin and her sister, Janine, who worked as Melvin's aide, are charged with using Melvin's former Superior Court staff to run Melvin's campaigns for a Supreme Court seat.

IT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH

For the first time since the Penguins were knocked out of the National Hockey League playoffs last April, the Consol Energy Center will be packed to the rafters for the team's home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

FORMER METHODIST PASTOR CONVICTED OF BLUDGEONING SECOND WIFE NOW FACES TRIAL ON CHARGES HE DID THE SAME THING TO HIS FIRST WIFE

Sixty-four-year-old Arthur Schirmer was convicted by a Monroe County jury on Tuesday. Now he faces trial in Lebanon County, where prosecutors say he killed his first wife, Jewel, then tried to make it look like she died falling down the stairs.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE SEEKING LEADS IN DEATH OF PEDIATRICIAN FOUND BOUND, BURNING IN BASEMENT

Police believe 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti was strangled — perhaps by someone she knew — before she was found burned with her ankles and wrists bound. She was a researcher of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

STATE GOP SENATORS WANT GOV. TO ENSURE THAT PRIVATIZED LOTTERY WON'T COMPETE WITH CASINOS

The lawmakers are concerned that British firm Camelot Global Services may try to expand the lottery through online gambling in a way that would cut into casino profits.

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  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

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    April 19, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 19, 2014

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014

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