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February 1, 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:

PHILLY AREA TRAFFIC COURT TICKET FIXING PROBLEM ON WAY TO BEING FIXED

A former federal prosecutor tapped by Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille to clean up traffic court says the new charges against nine city and suburban judges are a “very positive step” toward cleaning up courts where knowing the right people could allegedly help you get a ticket fixed.

PITTSBURGH FLASH FLOODING DEATHS BRING WIDE-RANGING LAWSUIT

Surviving relatives of four people killed in August 2011 when a 9-foot wall of water swept over a low-lying road during rush hour are suing the city, county, PennDOT and other entities they claim could have prevented the deaths.

FIRED PITTSBURGH PRISON GUARD GUILTY OF ABUSING INMATES, BUT NOT AS GUILTY AS PROSECUTORS CLAIMED

The jury found 61-year-old Harry Nicoletti exposed himself to gay or pedophile inmates and otherwise harassed or physically abused them – but they rejected claims that Nicoletti raped or sexually molested those prisoners. He returns for sentencing March 27.

BREATH EASIER: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SAYS NATURAL GAS COMPRESSOR STATIONS MUST MEET TIGHTER AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS

The new rules require a 75- to 93-percent reduction in air emissions for the largest, most common types of engines used to power the facilities, which pressurize Marcellus Shale natural gas so it will move through pipelines.

GUN PERMITS A BLAZIN’ ONCE AGAIN IN PENNSYLVANIA

The state police say a glitch in the computer system that handles applications for concealed-weapon permits is fixed. The glitch kept county sheriffs from uploading photographs and printing the concealed-carry licenses, which delayed them for several days.

 

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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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