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April 2, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

DEMOCRAT U.S. SEN. BOB CASEY CHANGES TUNE ON GAY MARRIAGE

The Pennsylvania lawmaker now says he favors it, asks, 'Why would our government stand in the way?' of two people in love.

WOLF'S AT THE DOOR

Tom Wolf, a wealthy central Pennsylvania businessman and former state revenue secretary, is the latest person to say he's running for governor next year. He plans to spend at least $10 million of his own money running for the 2014 Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett.

MR. CORBETT GOES TO WASHINGTON

Gov. Tom Corbett is set to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today on whether he'll seek an expansion of Medicaid. Corbett has said he has unanswered questions about Medicaid expansion, and wants more flexibility to tailor benefits packages to different types of Medicaid enrollees as a way to save money.

AGNUS BERENATO OUT AS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT PITT

The university fired Berenato after the Panthers failed to win a conference game in the school's last season in the Big East. Pitt is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference and athletic director Steve Pederson wants a new coach to lead the team into the new conference.

PITTSBURGH CONTROLLER MICHAEL LAMB IS OUT, TOO

No, not out of a job ... but he has dropped out of the Democratic primary race for mayor. Instead, Lamb says he'll support former state auditor general Jack Wagner. Wagner and City Councilman Bill Peduto are now the two leading Democrats seeking to replace Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who is not running for re-election.

 

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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

  • Local briefs 4/20/2014

    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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