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February 19, 2013

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Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

JURY TO CONTINUE DELIBERATIONS IN CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION TRIAL OF PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN, SISTER

The Allegheny County jury deliberated a little more than two hours after hearing closing arguments Friday. Now, after a three-day holiday weekend, they’re set to continue.

PHILLY POLICE STILL LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS WHO ACCOSTED CABBIE, STUFFED HIM INTO TRUNK

Police say the driver picked up the men on Valentine’s Day before one of them took off his belt and wrapped it around the driver’s neck while the other passenger robbed the driver. The driver remains in critical condition, with more than 100 staples closing wounds to his head.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL SET TO VOTE ON HALF BILLION DRILLING RIGHTS DEAL AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

County council’s public works committee approved the deal with Consol Energy Inc. last week. A vote by the full council is scheduled today.

MEANWHILE, MAJOR HEALTH SYSTEM GETS $1 MILLION GRANT TO STUDY POSISBLE HEALTH IMPACTS OF MARCELLUS SHALE GAS DRILLING

Geisinger Health System says the Degenstein Foundation had awarded the money to help underwrite what it called a “large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment” of the drilling.

FORMER PROSECUTOR TO REVIEW PITTSBURGH POLICE PROCEDURES ON OFFICERS HIRED OUT FOR OFF-DUTY SECURITY DETAILS

Former Washington County District Attorney Steve Toprani’s hiring comes as the FBI has seized records from police headquarters involving the secondary employment program.

 

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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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