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January 18, 2013

5 Things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Here's a look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

PENN STATE TRUSTEES MEET AMID CALLS TO ADD 2 NONVOTING MEMBERS

Still making changes recommended by the state auditor general in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Penn State's board of trustees are meeting Friday and will weigh whether to make the governor and the school's president nonvoting members.

MAN THROWS WOMAN ONTO THE SUBWAY TRACKS IN PHILLY

Police have arrested a man whom they say was seen in surveillance video beating a woman before grabbing her by the ankles on tossing her onto the subway tracks. She was able to climb back to the platform but was left with bumps and bruises.

FORMER PASTOR, WHOSE TWO WIVES WERE KILLED, CONTINUES HIS DEFENSE AT TRIAL

Lawyers for former Pastor Arthur Schirmer will continue their defense of the 64-year-old who was charged with murder in the death of his second wife in 2008. Schirmer has not yet taken the stand in hIs defense but a pair witnesses testified that his two wives died in accidents and were not bludgeoned to death.

BIG WIN FOR BILL O'BRIEN

Penn State didn't go bowling but Coach Bill O'Brien drew plaudits for helping lead the team to an 8-4 record in the first full season after the Jerry Sandusky scandal amid NCAA sanctions. His efforts were noted with his selection as winner of the annual Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award Thursday night in Houston, Texas.

LOOKING TO REBOUND, GOP EYES NEW ELECTION LAWS IN STATES OBAMA WON, INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA

Republicans in key election states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win, considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state's popular vote all of its Electoral College results. Instead, they'd like to see those divvied up based on results. That's playing out in Pennsylvania, too, where earlier this week Senate Republican Leader Dominic Pileggi renewed calls to revamp the process.

 

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