Coal mines will have to install defibrillators
HARRISBURG — Coal mine owners in Pennsylvania will have three months to install automated external defibrillators on the surface near mine entrances and underground in each working mine section.
The Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday that the requirement will be published Friday and take effect March 8. It was written by the Board of Coal Mine Safety, which includes representatives from the United Mine Workers of America and mine owners.
The equipment is used to restore a stable heart rhythm in the event of a heart attack.
The board was created in 2008 as part of the first comprehensive update to Pennsylvania's mine safety law in nearly half a century. It was designed to keep mine safety regulations current without needing lawmakers' approval.
Pennsylvania is the nation's fourth-largest coal-mining state.
State docs get break from cash-flush license agency
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania doctors are getting some good news when they attempt to renew their two-year state licenses.
A spokesman for the Department of State said Thursday the State Board of Medicine voted earlier this year to waive the $360 cost for medical doctors.
Ruman says the board currently has about $30 million in the bank, which is more than four times its $7 million-a-year budget.
The money pays to investigate complaints and take disciplinary action. It's also used to develop new regulations and administer the board itself.
The deadline to renew for 2013 and 2014 is the end of December.
Ruman says state law prevents surplus money in that account from being used for other purposes by state government, which is currently in the midst of a several-year budget crunch.
Kin's mob memoir details Scarfo's bloody reign
PHILADELPHIA — As the latest mob trial unfolds in Philadelphia, a new memoir is out this month from the longtime underboss to Nicodemo "Nicky" Scarfo.
"Mafia Prince" author Philip Leonetti has been in hiding since turning on his mob family in 1990 and spilling secrets to the FBI.
Leonetti admits in the book to killing 10 people for Scarfo, his notoriously ruthless uncle, in the 1970s and 1980s.
His testimony led to his early release from prison in 1992, after serving just five years of a 45-year sentence. Leonetti and his wife now live on the California coast under assumed names.
The 83-year-old Scarfo remains in prison in Atlanta, with a parole date of 2033.