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May 10, 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.

JURY REACHES PARTIAL VERDICT IN TRIAL OF HOMELESS PHILLY WOMAN CHARGED WITH STARVING BABY AT A SHELTER

The jury has not announced its findings, however, because the panel will return later today to try to decide the remaining charges against 34-year-old Tanya Williams.

INTERSTATE 81 NEAR HARRISBURG TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER TANKER FIRE ON OVERPASS

But Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are trying to ease some of the traffic congestion by allowing motorists to use the toll road for free between Carlisle and the Harrisburg East exit.

FORMER GOV. GEORGE LEADER DEAD AT 95

Leader’s legacy includes overhauling the state’s mental health system and making special education a requirement in Pennsylvania schools. And, he was the first governor to appoint a black cabinet officer after taking office for one term in 1955.

RURAL TRANSIT BUS DRIVER FACES CHARGES IN CRASH WITH TRAIN THAT KILLED TWO PASSENGERS

Authorities say surveillance video shows that 59-year-old Frank B. Schaffner drove through a fog-shrouded railroad crossing last month. Schaffner’s attorney says it was an accident. The driver says he loved his passengers – all of whom were elderly or had disabilities.

MAYOR HOPES LEGISLATION WILL MAKE PHILADELPHIA “THE MOST LGBT-FRIENDLY” CITY IN THE WORLD

Mayor Michael Nutter says Philadelphia is the first U.S. city to offer tax credits to companies that give the same health care benefits to homosexual, bisexual and transgender people and their partners that heterosexual spouses and their children receive.

 

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