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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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  • 4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say

    Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.

    April 14, 2014

  • Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping

    A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.

    April 11, 2014

  • APTOPIX High School Stabbings.jpg Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

    The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

    April 9, 2014

  • High School Stabbings.jpg Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured

    A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX stabbings.jpg Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 in Westmoreland County school, police say

    A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Man killed by train was texting

    Police say a man killed by a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia was texting a friend when he was struck while walking on the tracks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Daniel.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Wozniak, John Lawmakers want more aid for cities

    Several bills circulating at the Capitol would open improvement zones more quickly or allow smaller cities to participate.
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants to make the concept available to more cities the size of Johnstown.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lure other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

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