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January 16, 2014

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 Thursday:

TWO CHARGED IN SLAYING AT WILDLIFE PRESERVE

Two eastern Pennsylvania men are charged with killing a woman whose body was found in a central Pennsylvania wildlife preserve. Twenty-one-year-old Adam Lynch of Reading and 19-year-old Ryan Schannauer of Wyomissing are charged in Lancaster County with homicide, arson and conspiracy.

JUDGE DECLINES TO REDUCE $1.17 BILLION PATENT VERDICT

A federal judge is declining to reduce a $1.17 billion patent infringement verdict that Carnegie Mellon University won against a California technology firm. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer rejected Marvell Technology Group’s argument that that the verdict should be reduced by $620 million because of the university’s lack of diligence in protecting its patents.

PA. LAWMAKER’S SISTER ACQUITTED OF 16 OF 17 COUNTS

The sister of Pittsburgh-area Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa is expected to receive probation when she’s sentenced next week on a misdemeanor charge of providing unsworn falsification of a forged document. A jury found 57-year-old Angela Costa-Gifford not guilty of 16 other charges.

HISTORIC STATUS REJECTED FOR PITTSBURGH PRODUCE TERMINAL

Pittsburgh City Council has rejected a historic designation for the city’s landmark produce terminal. Proponents said it could help spare the structure from possible partial demolition in a riverfront development project, but the council’s vote was six votes shy of what was needed for approval.

MAN CARRIED TO HIS GRAVE IN MOTOR BOAT PULLED BY A TRUCK

A central Pennsylvania man who loved the outdoors was carried to his grave in a boat pulled by a truck. The casket of 78-year-old Ronald Bloss Sr. was loaded onto a small motor boat and trailer and pulled to a cemetery.

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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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