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February 11, 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 Tuesday:

IT MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH

Yuengling’s ice cream has returned to supermarket freezers after nearly 30 years. This incarnation of the brand – best known as the name of the beer brewed for 185 years in Pottsville – isn’t affiliated with the brewery, though the family-owned business gave its blessing to the ice cream brand. It’s made by a small dairy in Tamaqua.

GOV. TOM CORBETT TRYING TO PERSUADE LAWMAKERS TO CUT BACK PUBLIC PENSION BENEFITS

But this effort is more modest than a plan that died in the General Assembly last year. The plan to save $7.4 billion over 30 years would preserve the traditional pension for lower-salary employees and shift retirement benefits that are based on earnings over $50,000 a year into a 401(k)-style plan.

JUDGE ORDERS FEUDING PHILADELPHIA NEWSPAPER OWNERS TO DISSOLVE DELAWARE CORPORATION

The ruling is a victory for majority owner George Norcross, a Democratic powerbroker who asked that Delaware courts oversee a private auction involving only the two warring factions. Norcross has been locked in a court fight for control of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and the website Philly.com with rival owner Lewis Katz since October.

BACKYARD BURIAL TRIAL DELAYED ... AGAIN

The long-delayed double-murder trial of Hugo Selenski is being postponed again because a Luzerne County judge has removed a defense attorney in the case. Selenski is accused of strangling two people whose bodies were recovered among other human remains from his yard outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003. His trial has now been pushed back from March to May.

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE KATIE MCGINTY RETURNS $40K FROM DONOR WHOSE COMPANY IS LINKED TO W.Va. CHEMICAL SPILL

McGinty’s campaign manager, Mike Mikus, says the two 2013 contributions from J. Clifford Forrest, owner of Kittanning-based Rosebud Mining Co., were returned Jan. 18. Mikus says campaign officials only learned through news reports that Forrest owns the parent company of Freedom Industries, which is at the center of the Jan. 9 spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.

 

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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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