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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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