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July 15, 2013

5 things to know today in Pa. news

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

VOTER ID TRIAL SET TO BEGIN IN HARRISBURG

Opponents led by the American Civil Liberties Union will try to convince the Commonwealth Court that a law requiring voters to confirm their identity with a driver's license or other photo ID card discriminates against some groups. Those who favor the law say it's a common-sense way to ensure that no more than one vote is cast per person.

YIPPEE KYE AY!

The city of Harrisburg is auctioning off thousands of Old West artifacts collected for a museum that never got off the ground. Instead, officials are hoping any money raised will help save the cash-strapped city from bankruptcy.

TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO REACH THE 90S AGAIN TODAY, AND FOR MUCH OF THE REST OF THE WEEK

An excessive heat warning is in effect for Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s will couple with a dew point around 70 that will make it feel like it's about 100 degrees outside. Similar temperatures are expected across much of the state.

TOP O' THE SEASON TO YOU

Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the University of Central Florida in Ireland, the first international game for either team. Officials from both schools and the Gaelic Athletic Association say the game will be played at Croke Park in Dublin on Aug. 30, 2014, and will air on ESPN2.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES SENDING FIVE PLAYERS TO ALL-STAR GAME FOR FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 40 YEARS

Now that reliever Mark Melancon has been named as an injury replacement, the Pirates will have five players on the National League All-Star team for the first time since 1972. That's when Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Steve Blass, Al Oliver and Manny Sanguillen represented the defending World Series champions at the game.

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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

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