A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SET TO VOTE ON TOUGHENING CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION TESTS
Critics say the measure, if it passes today, will leave the state's poorest public school districts at a disadvantage.
PITTSBURGH ZOO BLAMES MOM IN 2-YEAR-OLD BOY'S MAULING DEATH BY WILD AFRICAN DOGS
An attorney for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says the Nov. 4 death of Maddox Derkosh was "caused solely by the carelessness, negligence and/or recklessness" of his mother, who reportedly lifted the boy up so he could see over a wooden rail. Instead, he lunged out of her grasp and fell into the exhibit. The family's attorney calls the zoo's argument "dead wrong and shameful."
HAWAIIAN MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING VISITING UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH PROFESSOR IN 1996
A Hawaiian judge imposed the mandatory sentence against 40-year-old Jason Lee McCormick, who was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this year for killing Robert Henderson, a 51-year-old guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii. Green's attorney says McCormick was drunk and became enraged when he believed Henderson made sexual advances toward McCormick, who had been molested as a child.
PENNSYLVANIANS WHO WANT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS MUST REGISTER ON STATE JOB-SEARCHING WEBSITE
The Department of Labor and Industry says newly finalized regulations allow the state to withhold benefits from people who do not register as job seekers at jobgateway.pa.gov within 30 days of applying for unemployment benefits. The regulation only applies to new benefit applications filed after the regulation took effect Aug. 19.
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY PROPOSES CUTTING 56 WORKERS, INCLUDING 42 PROFESSORS DUE TO DEFICIT, DECLINING ENROLLMENT
Another state-owned school, Clarion University, proposed similar cuts last month. Both schools also plan to phase out some little-used majors.