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December 11, 2012

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

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

1. FAMILY OF 87-YEAR-OLD VETERAN WHO DIED OF LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE SUING US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

The family says a Pittsburgh VA hospital where William Nicklas died last month failed to properly maintain its water systems. The sometimes deadly bacteria found in the hospital’s water supply has sickened at least four other patients who recovered.

2. JURY CONTINUING TO DELIBERATE WHETHER PHILADELPHIA OFFICIALS ARE LIABLE FOR OFF-DUTY FATAL SHOOTING BY DRUNKEN OFFICER

The family of William Panas Jr. is suing because they contend Officer Frank Tepper was subject of nearly three dozen complaints over 16 years before he fatally shot Panas while breaking up an argument outside a baby shower.

3. MUMMERS’ PROPS MIGHT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN PHILLY WAREHOUSE FIRE

Members of the Fralinger String Band say they’re waiting to survey the damage from the blaze in South Philadelphia. The band is one of several Mummers groups that perform in outlandish costumes during the city’s annual parade on New Year’s Day.

4. POTTSTOWN COUPLE PLAN TO FIGHT CHARGES THEY WRONGLY REMOVED SICK BABY FROM HOSPITAL IN ALLENTOWN

The couple says they just wanted better treatment for the girl’s heart defect but Lehigh Valley officials refused to transfer the child to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But District Attorney Jim Martin says that’s nonsense and that the parents endangered the baby no matter how well-intentioned they were.

5. GOV. TOM CORBETT SAYS PENNSYLVANIA LACKS ‘POLITICAL WILL’ TO BECOME A RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE

Although right-to-work bills are popular with fellow Republicans, Corbett says a law prohibiting requiring employees to join a union or pay dues to get a job isn’t likely to pass in Pennsylvania any time soon.

 

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