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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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  • 4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say

    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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