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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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  • 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

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

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