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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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  • 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

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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

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