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November 7, 2013

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 Thursday:

U.S. SEN. PAT TOOMEY SAYS THOUSANDS CONTACTING HIS OFFICE ABOUT LOSING HEALTH INSURANCE

And state insurance regulators say more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians are in that boat thanks to the Affordable Care Act, despite President Barack Obama’s repeated assurances that his reform package would enable people who liked their insurance or liked their doctor to keep them.

INVASIVE INSECT ATTACKING TREES AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL

The U.S. Forest Service says hemlock trees around the site where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks are infested with hemlock woolly adelgid. The bug kills trees within a few years.

STATE TRANSPORTATION BILL STILL STUCK IN NEUTRAL

The fate of the bill remained unclear after a lengthy negotiation Wednesday by most of Pennsylvania’s highest-ranking legislative leaders ended inconclusively. The closed-door meeting lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

FORMER SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE JOAN ORIE MELVIN DOESN’T HAVE TO SEND OUT AUTOGRAPHED APOLOGY PICTURES SHOWING HER IN HANDCUFFS

A panel of judges on Melvin’s former court agreed the apologies could wrongfully incriminate Melvin while she appeals her conviction and maintains her innocence. She may still have to send the photos to every judge in the state if she loses her appeal.

PITTSBURGH DIOCESE ARGUES FEDERAL MANDATES THAT ITS CHARITIES, SCHOOLS PROVIDE ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE IS HISTORIC ATTACK ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

A federal judge in Pittsburgh has set hearings next week to determine whether to issue an injunction that would free the church and its related entities from the mandate set to take effect Jan. 1.

 

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  • 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

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

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