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February 1, 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 Friday:

PHILLY AREA TRAFFIC COURT TICKET FIXING PROBLEM ON WAY TO BEING FIXED

A former federal prosecutor tapped by Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille to clean up traffic court says the new charges against nine city and suburban judges are a “very positive step” toward cleaning up courts where knowing the right people could allegedly help you get a ticket fixed.

PITTSBURGH FLASH FLOODING DEATHS BRING WIDE-RANGING LAWSUIT

Surviving relatives of four people killed in August 2011 when a 9-foot wall of water swept over a low-lying road during rush hour are suing the city, county, PennDOT and other entities they claim could have prevented the deaths.

FIRED PITTSBURGH PRISON GUARD GUILTY OF ABUSING INMATES, BUT NOT AS GUILTY AS PROSECUTORS CLAIMED

The jury found 61-year-old Harry Nicoletti exposed himself to gay or pedophile inmates and otherwise harassed or physically abused them – but they rejected claims that Nicoletti raped or sexually molested those prisoners. He returns for sentencing March 27.

BREATH EASIER: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SAYS NATURAL GAS COMPRESSOR STATIONS MUST MEET TIGHTER AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS

The new rules require a 75- to 93-percent reduction in air emissions for the largest, most common types of engines used to power the facilities, which pressurize Marcellus Shale natural gas so it will move through pipelines.

GUN PERMITS A BLAZIN’ ONCE AGAIN IN PENNSYLVANIA

The state police say a glitch in the computer system that handles applications for concealed-weapon permits is fixed. The glitch kept county sheriffs from uploading photographs and printing the concealed-carry licenses, which delayed them for several days.

 

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    Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.

    April 14, 2014

  • Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping

    A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.

    April 11, 2014

  • APTOPIX High School Stabbings.jpg Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

    The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

    April 9, 2014

  • High School Stabbings.jpg Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured

    A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX stabbings.jpg Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 in Westmoreland County school, police say

    A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Man killed by train was texting

    Police say a man killed by a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia was texting a friend when he was struck while walking on the tracks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Daniel.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Wozniak, John Lawmakers want more aid for cities

    Several bills circulating at the Capitol would open improvement zones more quickly or allow smaller cities to participate.
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants to make the concept available to more cities the size of Johnstown.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lure other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

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