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February 1, 2013

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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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