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May 16, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

PENNSYLVANIA LAWYERS ARGUE COURT SHOULDN’T OVERRULE LEGISLATURE ON STATE’S DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE AS ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN

The state’s law was passed in 1996. An attorney for a lesbian couple who want their Massachusetts marriage recognized in Pennsylvania called the one-man, one-woman rule a product of “anachronistic and narrow-minded” lawmakers.

FORMER LIBERIAN DEFENSE MINISTER TO SEEK BAIL IN FEDERAL COURT

That man, Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, says he never took part in the atrocities linked to his political party in the 1980s. He’s accused of lying about his past on immigration papers.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP ACCEPTS FIRST APPLICATION FROM DRILLING COMPANY WILLING TO ABIDE BY TOUGHER VOLUNTARY STANDARD

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale says the drilling company, which was not identified, has submitted an application to be certified. The program aims to promote voluntary but tough new standards in addition to existing government regulations on drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

19 FORMER STUDENTS NOW ACCUSING MARIANIST BROTHERS OF ABUSE AT PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Six of the eight religious brothers who worked at North Catholic High School are now dead, as some of them were at the school as long ago as 1940. The allegations came to light when the Pittsburgh Diocese learned that one brother who is still alive will stand trial later this year in Australia on charges he molested four students at a Catholic school in that country.

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY JUDGES REJECT MANDATORY SENTENCING LAWS

The judges in Blair County believe a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year makes Pennsylvania’s method of imposing mandatory minimum sentences illegal. The local district attorney has vowed to appeal.

 

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  • 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

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

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