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March 12, 2013

State News in Brief | Corbett expected to resubmit lottery deal

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett plans to ask Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office to reverse its rejection of a contract with a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery, a top lawmaker said Tuesday.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said administration officials told him Monday that they are making changes in the contract with London-based Camelot Global Services that Kane rejected last month over concerns that parts of it contravene the state constitution or violate state law.

The changes are in preparation to resubmit it for her approval, Scarnati said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, which oversees the lottery, declined comment except to say that certain changes to the contract would not trigger the need for a new round of bidding. The spokeswoman, Elizabeth Brassell, said the Corbett administration would say more later this week, once it announces its next steps.

The administration has a Saturday deadline to appeal Kane’s decision in court.

Zogby: Pension reform must account for future

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget chief says any meaningful changes to Pennsylvania’s public pension plans must include at least some reductions in future benefits for current workers.

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby made the comment Tuesday during a briefing on Corbett’s wide-ranging pension reform plan. It would cut future benefits for current state and school employees, divert new hires into a 401(k)-style plan and slow the increase in taxpayers’ contributions to the state’s two major public retirement funds.

Zogby says savings from future benefits are crucial to the long-range success of the governor’s proposals to rein in an unfunded liability that now stands at $41 billion.

Critics say those proposals are on shaky legal ground and unlikely to withstand a court challenge.

Retiree disarms alleged gunman

IMPERIAL – A retired steelworker in poor health still had enough gumption to subdue and disarm a man who shot three people, one fatally, at an Allegheny County bar, authorities said.

Jerry Maroni, 60, of North Fayette Township, was courageous in his efforts to stop the suspect, 25-year-old David Mazzocco, at the Fort Pitt Inn early Monday, county police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

“Obviously, it could have been a lot worse,” Schurman said, had Maroni not attacked Mazzocco and subdued him with the help of another patron, Juan Rodriguez.

Schurman said Mazzocco became upset while texting his girlfriend and began shooting about 12:45 a.m. Mazzocco shot James Adams, 29, of Imperial, in the head, killing him, and wounded another person in the neck before Maroni – who was shot in the arm – subdued the suspect.

“He was ready to kill everybody,” Maroni said told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I just snapped ... and I ran toward him.”

Maroni said one gunshot went over his head and another grazed his cheek before he was shot as he tackled Mazzocco.

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