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November 19, 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 Tuesday:

SEVEN SCORE AND 10 YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN GAVE A SHORT SPEECH TO A DIVIDED NATION

Today, people will mark that speech in the Pennsylvania town for which it was named, Gettysburg, to remember the man and the words that continue to live on.

UNITED METHODIST MINISTER CONVICTED OF VIOLATING CHURCH TEACHINGS WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT HIS SON’S SAME-SEX WEDDING IN 2007 ...

... will learn his punishment today. The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon faces punishments ranging from a reprimand to losing his minister’s credentials.

PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE REJECTS TRANSPORTATION SPENDING BILL

Those who favored the bill claim it’s needed to prevent roads and bridges from failing. Opponents say the measure is simply a $2.5 billion tax increase. The Senate passed a similar bill 45-5.

GOV. TOM CORBETT SIGNS BILL APPROVING SMALL GAMES OF CHANCE FOR BARS

Opponents include social clubs and fraternal organizations that, until now, had the exclusive right to offer such gambling – and those who fear allowing gambling in bars will dilute traffic to state-licenses casinos or the Pennsylvania Lottery, which funds programs for senior citizens.

ATTORNEYS SET TO GIVE CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN TRIAL OF FORMER ARMORED CAR GUARD CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS PARTNER, STEALING $2.3 MILLION HE WAS GUARDING

The attorney for 24-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. claims his client killed the other Pittsburgh-area guard in self-defense after they got in a fight, and stole the money only after he realized his “life was over” and he’d need money to live on the lam.

 

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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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