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July 18, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday.

A SON BY ANY OTHER NAME

The adopted son of convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has filed paperwork to legally change his last name, and those of his wife and children. Court documents are sealed but make clear Matt Sandusky is seeking a name change. He has claimed his father sexually abused him while growing up. Jerry Sandusky is in prison after being convicted of molesting eight boys.

POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECTS IN SUSPECTED DRAG RACE THAT KILLED MOM, 3 SONS CROSSING PHILADELPHIA HIGHWAY

Police say 23-year-old Lancaster resident Khusen Akhmedov and 30-year-old Philadelphia resident Ahmen Holloman were arrested Wednesday. They face charges including homicide by vehicle, third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and other counts.

HIGH-RANKING STATE OFFICIAL TO TESTIFY AT TRIAL ON LEGALITY OF STATE VOTER ID LAW

Jonathan Marks, commissioner of the Department of State’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, began testifying Wednesday about the evolution of the special photo ID available to voters who cannot obtain other acceptable identification. He is expected to continue his testimony Thursday in Commonwealth Court.

CORBETT SHUFFLES THE DECK ... AGAIN

Gov. Tom Corbett named his third chief of staff and his third secretary of legislative affairs in as many years as he seeks to improve his image and clout in Harrisburg before running for re-election next year.

YEAH, IT’S STILL HOT

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s for most of the state, with humidity driving the heat index to near 100 in many areas. The forecast suggests relief – in the form of temperatures in the low 80s – will have to wait until Saturday or Sunday.

 

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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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