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July 3, 2014

5 things to know for Thursday in Pennsylvania

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

VAPOR CLOUD FROM PROPANE LEAK TO BLAME FOR PHILLY FOOD TRUCK EXPLOSION

The 25-foot truck carried two 100-pound propane tanks to fuel its grills. Both tanks were full, and one was in use at the time of the explosion. Investigators believe the leak occurred in the other tank, which was later found 95 feet from the truck. Two people were critically injured, and nine others were hurt.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS DELAY VOTE ON PENSION BILL UNTIL FALL

But a fight between House and Senate GOP leaders over a key budget-related bill that is stuffed with grants and special legislation guaranteed that each chamber will reconvene, probably next week, before lawmakers take their traditional summer break from Harrisburg.

DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER TOM WOLF SAYS HE’S SUSPICIOUS OF REVENUE NUMBERS IN BUDGET PASSED BY REPUBLICAN MAJORITIES

Gov. Tom Corbett has so far refused to sign the $29.1 billion spending plan. Wolf predicts that if Corbett signs the budget it will serve to increase next year’s deficit – but he also stopped short of saying Corbett should veto the bill.

OHIO MAN HID GIRL’S BODY IN PLAYPEN BAG BEFORE DUMPING IT IN THE TRASH

That’s how police say 16-year-old Gina Burger’s body came to be found in a western Pennsylvania last week. The man who allegedly killed her, 18-year-old Ricki Williams IV, of Youngstown, is jailed without bond. Police say Williams stabbed the girl in an apartment in Austintown, Ohio on June 23.

CORBETT SIGNS ROCCO’S LAW

Anyone who hurts or kills a police animal now faces tougher criminal penalties under a new Pennsylvania law proposed and passed after the death of a Pittsburgh police dog. Corbett signed the bill Wednesday named for a German shepherd stabbed to death by a fugitive in January.

 

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  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

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  • Storm sparks reports of lightning strikes

    A fast-moving rainstorm generated reports of lightning strikes throughout parts of southern Cambria County early Sunday evening.

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  • pow28 Mount Olive church members reach out to those in need

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  • Kernville Reunion will recall days gone by

    The 37th annual Kernville Reunion will start at noon Aug. 9 at Lorain Borough Park, 503 Green Valley St., and organizers are hopeful it’ll attract current and former area residents, especially people who attended Joseph Johns Junior High School.

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  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

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