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July 11, 2013

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MOPPING UP AFTER STORMS CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, PRODUCE POSSIBLE TORNADO

About 40,000 customers were still without power this morning in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties. The National Weather Service will be out assessing damage to some farm buildings that witnesses say were destroyed by a small tornado about 45 miles northwest of the city.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE WILL ADDRESS REPORTERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE ACLU FILED SUIT CHALLENGING STATE LAW OUTLAWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Kane’s office is charged with defending the law, but Kane has said she favors allowing same-sex marriage. Kane, the first Democrat ever elected state attorney general, is speaking today at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

PHILLY MOB UNDERBOSS FACING UP TO 20 YEARS FOR GAMBLING, EXTORTION CONVICTION

Joseph “Mousie” Massimino was convicted earlier this year after a lengthy trial and will be sentenced today. Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi is awaiting a retrial after the jury deadlocked in his racketeering case.

FORMER PHILLIES CATCHER DARREN DAULTON HAS BRAIN CANCER

A statement released by Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic says Daulton has glioblastoma, which the American Brain Tumor Association calls “highly malignant.” The former All-Start hosted a nightly radio show at the station before doctors found two tumors on his brain on June 27. He had an operation to remove them on July 1.

GOV. TOM CORBETT SIGNS, DEFENDS LAW THAT OIL AND GAS ROYALTY OWNERS GROUP SAYS UNDERMINES LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS IN MARCELLUS SHALE DEALS

The law is designed to advance the Marcellus Shale industry’s ability to vacuum up natural gas through horizontally drilled holes. That means Marcellus Shale gas wells can be drilled on land that was leased for the traditional, shallow oil and gas wells even if the gas being accessed is actually under a neighboring property.

 

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  • Crime board took aim at house

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    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.

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    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
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