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July 26, 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 Friday.

PITT RESEARCHER ARRESTED ON CHARGE HE POISONED NEUROLOGIST WIFE

Sixty-four-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante was arrested Thursday evening in West Virginia. Prosecutors say he left Florida once he knew Pittsburgh police were coming to arrest him, but Ferrante’s attorney says he was merely driving back to Pennsylvania to surrender. Either way, Ferrante must now be extradited to face a charge of using cyanide to kill Dr. Autumn Klein in April.

EAGLES OPEN TRAINING CAMP, STEELERS NEXT

All 90 Philadelphia Eagles players reported for camp yesterday. Their first practice is today. Pittsburgh Steelers must report to St. Vincent College near Latrobe by this evening for a camp that begins tomorrow.

STATE STATISTICIAN SAYS EXPERT WHO CRITICIZED PENNSYLVANIA VOTER ID LAW MAY HAVE COUNTED DEAD PEOPLE WHEN HE ESTIMATED HOW MANY MIGHT BE DISENFRANCHISED

Then again, that’s why the law being scrutinized in Commonwealth Court was passed: to ensure the identities of dead people and others not properly registered to vote aren’t used to cast ballots.

FEDERAL JURY DELIBERATING RELIGIOUS RETALIATION CLAIM OF ‘MUSIC’ CHURCH

The Church of Universal Love and Music says the jam band concerts it held in southwestern Pennsylvania were religious services and that a 2009 drug raid was a move by Fayette County officials to retaliate against their beliefs. County officials say the raid was simply in response to reports of rampant drug use at the church’s concerts.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER USES PHILADELPHIA SPEECH AS SPRINGBOARD IN VOTING RIGHTS ACT BACKLASH

The Obama administration is singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act as being obsolete and no longer necessary to ensure voter equality.

 

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    The cause of a five-alarm fire early Monday at a vacant structure in the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown’s West End has not been determined, according to city fire officials.

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  • Richland seeks loan for roof, HVAC work

    Richland Township’s plans to replace the municipal building’s roof and heating and air conditioning system will cost nearly $600,000, Solicitor Gary Costlow said.

    July 22, 2014

  • Undocumented children already arriving in state

    An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation

    Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Driver in fatal DUI crash will serve jail time

    A Vintondale man was sentenced Tuesday in Cambria County court to serve 16 to 32 months in the county jail for a 2011 alcohol-related crash that killed a woman.

    July 22, 2014

  • Reade Twp. water projects receive funding

    Three water treatment systems in Cambria County will receive financial assistance from the state Department of Environmental Protection to remove acid mine drainage from nearby waterways.

    July 22, 2014

  • stoystown Tractor Fest Antique tractors chugging toward Stoystown fest

    A display of a whole lotta horsepower and pulling contests will highlight the 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival.
    Sponsored by Stoystown Lions Club and Laurel Highlands Antique Power Club, the event will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Lions’ park, one-half mile east of Stoystown on Route 30.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish dance school wants to set toes tapping in Cambria County

    If you ever wanted to learn to dance an Irish jig, now is your chance.
    Kenny Cavanaugh School of Irish Dance, based out of Milford, Pike County, is expanding into Cambria County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M

    A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

    July 22, 2014

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