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January 30, 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 Thursday:

HEROIN IN HAPPY MEALS?

That’s what the district attorney says investigators found at a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh. Customers who wanted heroin allegedly went to the drive-thru and said, “I’d like to order a toy” if they wanted drugs. Police have charged an employee they say is responsible. She denied wrongdoing, though police say she had heroin with her when arrested.

FIRED CATHOLIC SCHOOL HEADMASTER BLAMES POLITICS, NOT PERFORMANCE

Mario Bella tells The Associated Press the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie had no interest in his side of the story when he was fired from DuBois Area Catholic School last week. He said church officials cared only about his personal politics after they found he had legally changed his name and omitted his firing by the Archdiocese of New York in 2011 for writings church officials there found racially offensive.

AMISH SPEEDER BACK TO DRIVING A BUGGY

Nineteen-year-old Sylvan Stoltzfus, of Millersburg, is serving two years of probation after police say his vehicle reached speeds of up to 120 mph last summer near Harrisburg. His defense attorney says the young man’s parents have sold the car. Stoltzfus now has his own horse and buggy and is more involved with his church than he had been.

ATTORNEY FOR WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING NEWBORN TO DIE IN SPORTS BAR TOILET SAYS SHE HAS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS

The 27-year-old Allentown woman, Amanda Hein, is charged with criminal homicide and faces the possible death penalty when her trial begins in April. A cleaning crew found her son’s body in the toilet on Aug. 19 at Starters Pub in Bethlehem. A coroner concluded the boy was born alive.

ARE SUPER BOWL POOLS LEGAL OR NOT IN PENNSYLVANIA BARS?

Democrat state Sen. Lisa Boscola says a recent law legalizing small games of chance in bars makes the betting pools legal. But the state police, who enforce gambling laws in licensed establishments, say they still violate a federal law against sports-related gambling.

 

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