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April 22, 2013

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

DEFENSE OPENS IN MURDER TRIAL OF PHILADELPHIA ABORTION PROVIDER

After five weeks of testimony by prosecution witnesses, the defense will begin calling witnesses today on behalf of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies born alive at his inner-city clinic. What’s unclear is whether Gosnell will take the stand.

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA JURY WILL TRAVEL TO SCENE OF TRIPLE MURDER AFTER HEARING OPENING STATEMENTS IN TRIAL

Fifty-two-year-old Kevin Murphy faces the possible death penalty if he’s convicted of murdering his mother, sister and aunt at the automotive glass shop he owned. The jury will be bused to the shop after opening statements in the trial today.

JIM THORPE’S CHILDREN WIN COURT RULING, MAY BEGIN PROCESS OF MOVING FATHER’S REMAINS FROM CITY THAT BEARS HIS NAME

A federal judge says Jim Thorpe Borough – which was renamed in the 1950s by two merging towns in a deal with Thorpe’s third wife – amounts to a museum. That means Thorpe’s remains could be moved from the northeastern Pennsylvania town to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

YOU HAVE TO GET OUT AND REGISTER BEFORE YOU CAN GET OUT AND VOTE

Today’s the deadline to register if you want to vote in the May 21 primary election. Applications can be filled out at county board of election offices, post offices, state liquor stores and library branches, and online.

AUTOPSY SET ON BODY FOUND WRAPPED IN TARP OUTSIDE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA HOTEL

Investigators say the body of 65-year-old James Edward Tommor was found behind a utility shed near the Days Inn in Susquehanna Township on Saturday. Detective Michael Mull says the death is being treated as suspicious pending today’s autopsy.

 

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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

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    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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