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January 15, 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 Wednesday:

TWO-MINUTE WARNING

A federal judge in Philadelphia has called a timeout on the approval process of the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody wants to make sure there’s enough money to cover 20,000 retired players. The proposed settlement is designed to last at least 65 years.

WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio says he won’t run to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who announced last week that he plans to retire. Instead, DiGiorgio will support an expected bid by Ryan Costello, the chairman of the Chester County Commissioners.

EX-PITTSBURGH POLICE CHIEF’S FORMER PAL GETS THREE YEARS’ PROBATION IN BRIBERY SCHEME

Arthur Bedway Jr. admits he bribed a city official to get a $327,000 contract to put radios and computers in city police cars. But he insists that the former chief, Nathan Harper Jr., recruited him for the scheme and also made $9,000 from it. Harper’s attorneys say that’s nonsense, noting the chief hasn’t been charged.

STATE SENATE PUSHING ‘REVENGE PORN’ BILL

The bill would outlaw posting online sexually explicit photos or videos of ex-romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

TREE HOUSE TROUBLES TOWN

A judge has upheld a central Pennsylvania zoning board’s decision requiring a man to dismantle a partially-constructed tree house that he was building for his daughter. The judge agreed with the Selinsgrove Zoning Board that the structure violates the borough’s zoning laws. The man was building it on his front lawn as a gift for his daughter’s 11th birthday.

 

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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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