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November 21, 2012

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

1. BY PLANE, TRAIN OR AUTOMOBILE, IT’S TIME FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

AAA Mid-Atlantic expects more than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians to travel 50 or more miles between Wednesday and Sunday, a slight increase over last year despite high gas prices. The state police say they’ll be watching motorists to make sure they stay safe with measures including sobriety checkpoints and speed traps.

2. THE BRITISH MAY BE COMING – WITH LOTTERY TICKETS

The lone surviving bidder for a plan to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery is a British company that runs the United Kingdom’s national lottery. Camelot Global Services says it will produce more than $34 billion in profits over the next 20 years if it takes over the state lottery. Privatization opponents say there’s no reason for the state to get out of the lottery business because sales are steadily increasing.

3. STEELERS INJURIES MEAN ANOTHER SHOT FOR PLAXICO

The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing Plaxico Burress back as they deal with a raft of injuries to their receiving corps. Burress hasn’t played since the end of last season as a member of the New York Jets. Burress spent five years in Pittsburgh before a prison stint that resulted from him accidently shooting himself in a New York nightclub.

4. EX-PENN STATE OFFICIALS CLAIM SCHOOL LAWYER’S SANDUSKY TESTIMONY OUT-OF-BOUNDS

Former Penn State officials Gary Schultz and Tim Curley say the school’s former general counsel can’t testify at their upcoming preliminary hearing because she was acting as their attorney during a grand jury investigation into child sex-abuse allegations against former football assistant Jerry Sandusky. Schultz and Curley say any conversations they had with Cynthia Baldwin are subject to attorney-client privilege. Baldwin’s testimony is a key part of evidence prosecutors are using to support charges Penn State officials covered up for Sandusky.

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