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February 26, 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 Wednesday:

APPARENTLY THOSE TV ADS ARE WORKING

Two new independent polls reveal a major surge by Democrat Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race following a monthlong blitz of television ads. The York businessman has poured $10 million into his own campaign. Quinnipiac University says 52 percent of Pennsylvania voters would support Wolf compared to 33 percent for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. A Franklin and Marshall College poll has Wolf with the strongest support – 36 percent – in the Democratic primary race among seven candidates.

ACCUSED CYANIDE DOC’S ATTORNEYS WANT OUT-OF-COUNTY JURY

Sixty-five-year-old Pittsburgh medical researcher, Dr. Robert Ferrante, is jailed on charges he killed his 41-year-old physician wife with cyanide in April. The defense claims too many potential jurors know about the case to give Ferrante a fair trial.

CHEVRON SAYS SECOND WELL CAPPED AT SCENE OF SOUTHWESTERN PA. FIRE

The Dunkard Township well that exploded and caught fire Feb. 11, killing a worker, was capped Sunday. An adjacent well that caught fire three days later was capped Tuesday afternoon.

FORMER PITTSBURGH CHIEF GETS 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SLUSH FUND, INCOME TAX CHARGES

A federal judge says Nathan Harper’s crimes were too serious a violation of the public trust to give him the probation sentence his friends and families sought. The investigation into who ordered the former Pittsburgh police chief to create the slush fund – and what was done with the money that Harper didn’t spend on himself – continues.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS PENNSYLVANIA PRISONS USE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT TOO OFTEN FOR MENTALLY, INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED INMATES

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel acknowledges some problems, but says the state is making improvements. He didn’t deny reports that some guards sometimes abused those prisoners, too.

 

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