Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday.
STUDY: FRACKING CHEMICALS DIDN’T TAINT WATER
The Department of Energy says a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. Although the results are preliminary, they support the natural gas industry against those who claim fracking is dangerous.
NO MORE SABBATH FOR BAMBI?
A sportsmen’s group wants a federal judge to throw out the state’s long-standing ban on Sunday hunting, claiming it interferes with hunters’ religious rights and their right to bear arms. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has been open to lifting the Sunday hunting ban if authorized to do so by the Legislature.
PHILLY DRAG-RACING SUSPECT CHARGED IN DEATHS OF WOMAN AND THREE SONS WAS ON BAIL AT THE TIME
Authorities say 23-year-old Khusen Akhmedov was awaiting trial in a $3.6 million ambulance fraud case. Court records show he had also racked up four speeding tickets since 2009 and a charge of driving on a suspended license.
FEDERAL JUDGE REJECTS PORN INDUSTRY PLEA TO END LAW REQUIRING PRODUCERS TO PROVE PERFORMERS ARE AT LEAST 18
Federal law requires porn producers to obtain government-issued photo ID from each performer and keep copies on file for government inspection. The Free Speech Coalition filed suit in 2009, arguing the law is overbroad and tramples on protected speech, but the government says it’s needed to protect children because many customers want young-looking performers.
PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY HITS ITS NUMBER
The lottery contends it set a record with $3.7 billion in sales for the fiscal year that just ended. Opponents of Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to hire a private British firm to manage the lottery are pointing to the numbers as proof that’s a bad plan.