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April 15, 2014

5 things to know for Tuesday in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

ANOTHER STEP TOWARD THE NEW NORMAL

Students and parents may visit the Pittsburgh-area high school where a student stabbed 21 others and a security guard last week. The open house of sorts at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Tuesday is a prelude to the school reopening for classes as usual on Wednesday.

WHO’S YOUR STEPDADDY?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord insists he’s not ignored his stepfather’s role in raising him. Instead, McCord says he’s emphasizing that being raised for a time by a single mother familiarized him with financial insecurity. McCord’s stepbrother says the candidate’s “single-mom story” is a “branding thing” that is disrespectful of his father.

SHELL GAME

Shell Chemical LP plans to hold two meetings in western Pennsylvania to discuss the possibility of building a huge natural gas processing plant there. Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon says the company wants to seek community input and share insights about where the project stands at the meetings Wednesday.

STATE TROOPER ACQUITTED OF CRIMINAL CHARGES

The federal jury in Philadelphia says the trooper, 44-year-old Kelly Cruz, a narcotics officer, wasn’t guilty of assaulting a handcuffed suspect by stomping on his head as the man lay on the floor. Prosecutors had charged Cruz with violating the civil rights of a 22-year-old man during a 2009 arrest in Chester County. The trooper says he put his foot on the man’s shoulder to keep him down.

INVESTOR PLEDGES $77 MILLION IN EFFORT TO CONTROL PHILLY’S TWO LARGEST NEWSPAPERS

George Norcross, a wealthy insurance executive and influential New Jersey Democrat, made that claim while testifying before a Delaware judge overseeing the latest sale of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. The current owners are selling the company at auction to regroup.

 

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