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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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