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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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  • 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

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

  • Penn State Abuse 27 Son: Joe Paterno afraid of wrongly accusing Sandusky

    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • State in Brief | Two guns found at alleged hospital shooter's home

    Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.

    July 26, 2014

  • Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop

    A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

    July 23, 2014

  • Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph

    Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death

    An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.

    July 23, 2014

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