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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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  • LCB Wine1a Does state know when to say when?

    Booze sales on Sunday have proven so popular the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is breaking a state law limiting how many stores the system can operate on the first day of the week.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • mccord Gubernatorial hopeful wins mayor’s support

    Gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord has received an endorsement from Johnstown’s highest-ranking elected official.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • reading night ‘Story Laboratory’ stirs kids’ interest in reading, science

    Mad scientists and Dr. Seuss characters were the stars Thursday as Conemaugh Township Area children helped concoct mysterious potions that bend the laws of physics and learned how french fries can drive you to work.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Republicans tout ‘right’ credentials

    All three Republican Party candidates in Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District race attempted to distinguish themselves as the person conservative enough to represent the state’s most conservative district in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday night.

    April 24, 2014

  • elder abuse 1 Calling attention to elder abuse

    As far as states with the oldest populations go, Pennsylvania hovers near the top, depending on which statistical report you read. Along with an ever-growing elderly demographic comes more instances of seniors being abused or cheated out of money.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cambria adds security to thwart copper thefts

    Would-be copper thieves, be warned: Anyone trying to steal copper wiring from any of the 17 towers that make up Cambria County’s 911 communications system will be caught on camera.

    April 24, 2014

  • Commissioners praise response to bomb threat

    Two days after a bomb threat closed the Cambria County Courthouse for half a day, officials handed out accolades to those who pulled off an efficient search and quick apprehension of the alleged perpetrator.

    April 24, 2014

  • Black fly program to target river corridor

    The Cambria County commissioners Thursday entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that opens the door for the state to provide black fly suppression spraying.

    April 24, 2014

  • Inmate faces sex charges

    An Altoona man was charged with rape after authorities accused him of sexually assaulting another man while both were inmates at the Cambria County Prison.

    April 24, 2014

  • Garage collapses hours after vehicle rammed structure

    No one was hurt when a garage collapsed Thursday afternoon in the Oakland section of Stonycreek Township, Cambria County.

    April 24, 2014

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