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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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  • Green, Libertarian candidates abandon bids for governor

    Both third-party candidates who hoped to compete in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race have given up – leaving Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf to compete one-on-one.

    August 1, 2014

  • 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

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