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State News

August 23, 2013

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 Friday:

OBAMA COMING TO SCRANTON ON SECOND DAY OF BUS TOUR

The president will visit Lackawanna College to promote a new plan to rate colleges on their tuition costs that could perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid.

PHILLY INITIATIVE AIMS TO TAKE THE SODIUM OUT OF CHINESE TAKEOUT FOOD

Organizers have recruited more than 200 eateries for the city’s Healthy Chinese Takeout Initiative, which aims to reduce the food’s salt content 10 to 15 percent.

PA. CYBER CHARTER SCHOOL FOUNDER INDICTED

Federal prosecutors, the IRS and FBI in Pittsburgh were set to announce charges at a news conference Friday against Nicholas Trombetta, who founded the school with more than 11,000 students statewide.

STATE SUPREME COURT BANS PRIVATE LEGAL WORK BY APPELLATE STAFFERS IN WAKE OF REPORTS THAT FEDS ARE INVESTIGATING FEES PAID TO JUSTICE’S WIFE

The ban includes more than 404 staff employees of the state’s appellate courts. The order did not mention Justice Seamus McCaffery or his wife and chief administrative judicial assistant, Lise Rapaport.

THE WEIGHT-ING IS THE HARDEST PART

PennDOT has announced new weight restrictions on about 1,000 state and local bridges to enhance public safety and extend the life of the spans, because money to fix them remains bottlenecked in the General Assembly.

 

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