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February 21, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:

THE SAME DAY GOV. CORBETT SIGNS INTO LAW A MOVE TO KEEP PENN STATE’S FINES IN STATE, THE NCAA FILES SUIT CHALLENGING IT

The NCAA is wasting no time in challenging a newly signed state law aimed at keeping the $60 million it fined Penn State because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal inside Pennsylvania. The body sued in federal court just hours of Gov. Tom Corbett signed the law. The NCAA says that keeping the money in the state goes against the consent decree the school agreed to.

JURY TO CONTINUE DELIBERATIONS IN CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION TRIAL OF PA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN, SISTER

The Allegheny County jury returns for a fourth day of deliberations in the campaign corruption trial of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie.

PITTSBURGH POLICE CHIEF IS DISMISSED, BUT QUESTIONS ABOUT A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION LINGER

Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper resigned after 29 years on the force, doing so after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl met with federal investigators conducting a probe of police business. But the dismissal doesn’t mean the investigation will go away, even though Ravenstahl, who is seeking reelection, says he’s not a target.

TEACHER ROBBED IN CLASSROOM AND HIT WITH A HAMMER

A teacher in Upper Darby, just outside of Philadelphia, is doing OK after she was assaulted with a hammer inside her classroom after school had let out. A 19-year-old man was arrested for the attack and charged with assault and robbery.

IT’S ABOUT MONEY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

John Krancer, secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, will face questions from lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee today as to why the agency needs $128 million for its annual budget.

 

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    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

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  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

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  • Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide

    The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.

    July 29, 2014

  • Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee

    Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.

    July 29, 2014

  • Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen

    Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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

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  • 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.

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