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December 10, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

SNOW SLOWING COMMUTERS IN PITTSBURGH, WESTERN PA, EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY AS IT REACHES PHILADELPHIA

Public schools in Philadelphia and many of its suburbs are closed because of the impending storm, which is forecast to drop 3 to 6 inches of snow in the area. In western Pennsylvania, where up to 3 inches are expected Tuesday, scores of school districts delayed classes – and morning commuters were reporting slow-going because of slippery roads and, in some cases, crashes.

FLIGHT 93 CRASH SITE WORTH MORE THAN GOVERNMENT PAID FOR IT, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS LANDOWNER SOUGHT

A three-person panel appointed by a federal judge in Pittsburgh says the Sept. 11, 2001, crash site is worth $1.5 million, more than the $611,000 the government paid to seize the land, which is now a national memorial. The landowner claimed it was worth $23 million, and he planned to build a museum there.

ROBO ARM LENDS A HELPING HAND

The device designed by University of Pennsylvania engineering students enables someone wearing it to carry or lift an additional 40 pounds.

POLITICAL POWERBROKER GEORGE NORCROSS NOW MAJORITY OWNER OF THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, DAILY NEWS, PHILLY.COM

The New Jersey insurance executive has doubled his holdings to 53 percent of Interstate General Media after buying another investor’s stake. The move comes as the feuding owners jockey in court for control of newspapers and web site.

STATE SENATE APPROVES ANOTHER BILL IN WAKE OF JERRY SANDUSKY, CATHOLIC PRIEST SEX-ABUSE SCANDALS

Senators have unanimously approved a bill to increase the degree of child pornography crimes if the material depicts indecent contact with a child. The bill goes to the House, which previously approved a similar version.

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