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January 23, 2013

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HARRISBURG — Faculty union to demonstrate

HARRISBURG – The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities plans to demonstrate to protest what the union said are stalled contract talks.

Patrick Burkhart, president of Slippery Rock University’s union chapter, told the Butler Eagle the demonstration will happen during today’s board of governors meeting for the State System of Higher Education.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the state system is expected to offer a new comprehensive proposal before negotiations on Feb. 1.

Union members have been working without a contract since June 2011. They have authorized their leadership to call a strike if necessary, while state system officials have pledged to rein in rising educational costs.

Boy held in killing over cigarette

BEAVER FALLS – A 14-year-old western Pennsylvania boy has been ordered to stand trial on charges he fatally shot a woman after she told him to “get a job” when he tried to bum a cigarette off her boyfriend.

Marcus Velasquez, of Beaver Falls, was held for court after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Two other boys, aged 14 and 13, who were allegedly with him when he shot 22-year-old Kayla Peterson, are being tried in juvenile court.

Investigators say the teens followed Peterson’s boyfriend home and yelled profanities after he ignored their requests for a cigarette. Velasquez allegedly shot Peterson when she confronted the youths as her boyfriend arrived home.

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