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April 21, 2014

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 Monday:

SUSPECT SHOT, KILLED AFTER POLICE CHASE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Police in western Pennsylvania say a man was shot and killed after a chase that began in Pittsburgh and stretched into a nearby borough. Police said the suspect fled a traffic stop and abandoned the car in Wilkinsburg. Officers ordered him to stop, but a public safety spokeswoman says he spun around and appeared ready to fire, so officers shot him.

DEATH OF WOMAN FOUND IN EASTERN PENNSLYVANIA EXCAVATION STORAGE SITE DEEMED ‘SUSPICIOUS’

State police in eastern Pennsylvania say more time is needed to determine what killed a woman whose body was found in an excavation storage site over the weekend, but investigators don’t think she died of natural causes. Police in Berks County say the body of 24-year-old Alishia Eller of Pine Grove appeared to have been at the Bethel Township site for 24 to 38 hours.

JURY SELECTION STARTS FOR NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRIAL OF WOMAN CHARGED IN BOYFRIEND’S SHOOTING DEATH

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of a northwestern Pennsylvania woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer. Twenty-nine-year-old Kristina Mae Allen is charged in Erie County in the death of 27-year-old Dean Haggerty in a mobile home in Summit Township in August. Prosecutors say she gave several different accounts of the shooting.

ELDERLY MAN FOUND DEAD IN BRUSHFIRE IN APPARENT ACCIDENT

Authorities in western Pennsylvania say the death of an elderly man whose body was found by firefighters responding to a brushfire appears to have been accidental. Officials in Beaver County said 81-year-old Wayne Rose may have been overcome while trying to extinguish the flames on the wooded property in Beaver Falls. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

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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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