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November 26, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

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

BUILDING CONTRACTOR FACES MURDER CHARGES IN DEMOLITION LEADING TO BUILDING COLLAPSE THAT KILLED 6 IN PHILADELPHIA

The district attorney’s office calls Griffin Campbell “the center of culpability” for the June collapse, and says he ignored his client’s warning the night before that disaster was imminent. Campbell hasn’t commented.

GOV. TOM CORBETT SIGNS $2.3 BILLION TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT RAISES GASOLINE TAXES AND MOTORIST FEES

Corbett insists the bill doesn’t break his campaign promise not to break taxes – but opponents within the Republican party claim it does and say they’ll make an issue of it during his re-election campaign next year.

PHILADELPHIA COUPLE SET FOR SENTENCING IN STARVATION DEATH OF 6-YEAR-OLD WHO WEIGHED JUST 29 POUNDS

Latiff Hadi and Tina Cuffie were convicted earlier this year of third-degree murder and other charges during a trial in which witnesses said the boy was forced to stand in the corner for hours as punishment for vomiting and had to run laps in a hallway the day before his death.

WOMAN WHO SUED LEHIGH UNIVERSITY OVER C-PLUS GRADE LOSES BID FOR NEW TRIAL

A Northampton County judge says Megan Thode doesn’t deserve a new trial. She wanted the grade raised to a B and sought $1.3 million in damages, claiming a professor in a 2009 graduate-level therapist internship course retaliated against her over her support of gay marriage. She says the grade kept her from being a licensed therapist; the school says she earned the grade she got.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES, STORM WARNINGS ISSUED AS WINTRY MIX MOVES INTO PENNSYLVANIA

The National Weather Service says snow, sleet and areas of freezing rain and ice are expected later Tuesday in areas from western to northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

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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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