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April 22, 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 Monday.

DEFENSE OPENS IN MURDER TRIAL OF PHILADELPHIA ABORTION PROVIDER

After five weeks of testimony by prosecution witnesses, the defense will begin calling witnesses today on behalf of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies born alive at his inner-city clinic. What’s unclear is whether Gosnell will take the stand.

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA JURY WILL TRAVEL TO SCENE OF TRIPLE MURDER AFTER HEARING OPENING STATEMENTS IN TRIAL

Fifty-two-year-old Kevin Murphy faces the possible death penalty if he’s convicted of murdering his mother, sister and aunt at the automotive glass shop he owned. The jury will be bused to the shop after opening statements in the trial today.

JIM THORPE’S CHILDREN WIN COURT RULING, MAY BEGIN PROCESS OF MOVING FATHER’S REMAINS FROM CITY THAT BEARS HIS NAME

A federal judge says Jim Thorpe Borough – which was renamed in the 1950s by two merging towns in a deal with Thorpe’s third wife – amounts to a museum. That means Thorpe’s remains could be moved from the northeastern Pennsylvania town to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

YOU HAVE TO GET OUT AND REGISTER BEFORE YOU CAN GET OUT AND VOTE

Today’s the deadline to register if you want to vote in the May 21 primary election. Applications can be filled out at county board of election offices, post offices, state liquor stores and library branches, and online.

AUTOPSY SET ON BODY FOUND WRAPPED IN TARP OUTSIDE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA HOTEL

Investigators say the body of 65-year-old James Edward Tommor was found behind a utility shed near the Days Inn in Susquehanna Township on Saturday. Detective Michael Mull says the death is being treated as suspicious pending today’s autopsy.

 

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