Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:
1. OUSTED PSU PRESIDENT GETS $2.5M IN SEVERENCE AFTER SANDUSKY SCANDAL FIRING
Penn State says Graham Spanier also collected $700,000 in salary for 2011 despite being forced out of his job last November in the wake of child sex abuse charges filed against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier remains a tenured faculty member as he faces allegations he and other high-ranking university officials covered up child molestation allegations against Sandusky.
2. MOM WON’T BE CHARGED AFTER TODDLER FATALLY MAULED AT PITTSBURGH ZOO
The Allegheny County district attorney won’t bring charges against the mother of 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh, saying the boy’s death was a “tragic accident.” But prosecutors are still examining whether the zoo should be charged with criminal negligence after the boy fell into an exhibit and bled to death after being set upon by a pack of African painted dogs.
3. LSD BLAMED FOR KIDS’ HOSPITAL TRIP
Authorities say two brothers, ages 7 and 10, ingested LSD from a breath freshener container they found on the way to school last month in Bangor. The boys were rushed to a hospital after their behavior became erratic. No charges are being filed because investigators say too many people handled the spiked breath freshener to determine its source.
4. PROSECUTORS MULL DEATH PENALTY IN BOTCHED KIDNAPPING DEATHS
A suburban Philadelphia man could face the death penalty in the killings of a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother. In a taped statement from Raghunandan Yandamuri played at his preliminary hearing, Yandamuri said he didn’t intend to kill either victim but wanted to ransom the girl for $50,000 after losing thousands of dollars at a casino.
5. SCIENCE CLASS FIRE SENDS EIGHTH GRADERS TO HOSPITAL
A total of seven students and one teacher needed medical attention after a science experiment produced a fireball inside a Carlisle middle school. Two students were airlifted to a Baltimore hospital but one was released late Wednesday while the other was listed in fair condition.