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May 15, 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 Wednesday.

PHILLY ABORTION DOCTOR CONVICTED OF KILLING BABIES AND IN THE OVERDOSE DEATH OF FEMALE PATIENT TO AVOID DEATH HIMSELF

Instead, 72-year-old Dr. Kermit Gosnell will receive life prison terms after agreeing not to appeal his first-degree murder conviction in the deaths of three babies born alive at his clinic. Witnesses testified the newborns were killed by cutting their spines with scissors. He faces sentencing for the death of the third baby on Wednesday.

SUPPORT FOR LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION APPEARS TO GROW AS SECOND STATE SENATE HEARING

But Sen. Charles McIlhinney, the Bucks County Republican who chairs the Law and Justice Committee says he’s seeing support not only for allowing more retail locations for wine and beer sales, but also for continuing to live within the current state-store system. A bill that passed the House in March would create 1,200 new private wine and liquor store licenses and allow thousands of bars, restaurants and grocery stores to begin selling bottled wine.

PHILLY MOM CONVICTED OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, NOT MURDER IN STARVATION DEATH OF INFANT SON AT HOMELESS SHELTER

Tanya Williams’ defense attorney says, “We never thought it was a murder case. And I guess the jury really didn’t think so either.”

FORMER U.S. REP. JOE SESTAK TELLS THE AP HE WON’T RUN FOR GOVERNOR NEXT YEAR

But the Democrat says he may run challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to a rematch in 2016.

FREEZE, WHAT FREEZE?

A day after seeing early morning temperatures below freezing in parts of western and central Pennsylvania, the thermometers are forecast to see high temperatures in the 70s or low 80s. Experts say Tuesday’s freeze didn’t seem to cause widespread crop damage.

 

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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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