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November 15, 2012

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

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


The man long suspected in the 1979 disappearance of a New York City boy will be in a Pennsylvania courtroom on a Megan’s Law charge related to his release from prison last week. Sixty-nine-year-old Jose Antonio Ramos had been a prime suspect in the disappearance of Etan Patz for many years before another man was charged with his kidnapping and murder on Wednesday.


Bids are due by the end of the day from at least five groups vying to build Philadelphia’s second casino. Proposals range from a second gaming hall on the Delaware River to an ambitious proposal to convert a former newspaper headquarters into a casino, hotel and shopping destination.


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out indefinitely because doctors are concerned a dislocated rib could puncture his aorta if he takes a bad hit. Roethlisberger suffered the injury in Monday night’s overtime win but will be replaced in the starting lineup by Byron Leftwich for Sunday’s game against AFC North-leading Baltimore.


Three companies agreed in a settlement Wednesday to pay more than $213,000 in back wages to hundreds of foreign students for summer jobs they held at a Hershey candy company facility. More than 100 workers staged a protest last year at a Hershey-owned warehouse, saying they took the jobs thinking they were part of a cultural exchange. Hershey was not cited for violations because it had contracted out the operation to another company.


State Auditor General Jack Wagner wants Penn State to dramatically change the way its governing structure is organized in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Wagner recommended Wednesday the governor and university president no longer hold voting positions on the school’s board of trustees. He also argued the state’s Right-to-Know Law should fully extend to Penn State and three other state-related schools.


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  • Green, Libertarian candidates abandon bids for governor

    Both third-party candidates who hoped to compete in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race have given up – leaving Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf to compete one-on-one.

    August 1, 2014

  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    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.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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

    July 28, 2014


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