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January 14, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

MORE THAN 81,000 PENNSYLVANIANS ENROLLED UNDER NEW FEDERAL HEALTHCARE LAW

But federal officials still can’t say how many of those enrolled were uninsured before the law, and how many had been among the state’s 4.7 million people with insurance before their plans were canceled because of the new law.

PHILADELPHIA TAKING BLIGHTED PROPERTIES TO THE LAND BANK

Mayor Michael Nutter has signed an ordinance establishing a public authority responsible for overseeing about 40,000 empty parcels citywide. About 75 percent are privately owned, while the rest are spread among several city departments. The city is now among more than 100 other communities nationwide with land banks.

STATE SENATOR RETIRES TO HEAD FARM SHOW COMPLEX AND EXPO CENTER

Mike Waugh, a York County Republican, had previously announced he wouldn’t run for re-election before resigning Monday from the Senate seat he has held since 1998.

PHILADELPHIA JOINS LOS ANGELES, MINNEAPOLIS IN OFFERING GAY-FRIENDLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The John C. Anderson Apartments offer 56 units with monthly rents ranging from $192 to $786, depending on income. None of the residents can earn more than $33,000 annually.

FEDERAL JUDGE ALLOWS GIRL TO WRESTLE ON BOYS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann of Williamsport says the Line Mountain School District failed to justify its reasons for preventing girls from wrestling with boys. The school district had argued there are psychological, physical and moral risks for girls wrestling boys.

 

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

    July 29, 2014

  • Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide

    The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.

    July 29, 2014

  • Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee

    Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.

    July 29, 2014

  • Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen

    Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.

    July 29, 2014

  • 2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking

    Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.

    July 29, 2014

  • PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers

    It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
    PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.

    July 28, 2014

  • Remembering elephant’s rampage

    The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
    Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
    It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 2014

  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.

    July 28, 2014

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