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September 26, 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 Thursday:

STATE AG STAFFER TALKS TO KIDS ABOUT SERIAL KILLERS, CHILD PORN, AL-QUAIDA

A school district outside Philadelphia has halted state-sponsored assemblies about online safety after a presenter from the attorney general's office made references to al-Qaida, serial killers and child pornography during a talk to 9- and 10-year-old students. The principal says the references weren't age-appropriate.

PENNSYLVANIA'S NEW HEALTH EXCHANGE TO OFFER LOWER-COST PREMIUMS

Pennsylvania residents who buy health insurance in the federally run online marketplace that opens next week will pay premiums that are below the national average. The Obama administration says the state average will be $286 a month for a mid-range plan, not including out-of-pocket costs and tax credits.

PHILLY TO GET REPORT ON DEADLY BUILDING COLLAPSE

An investigative committee is scheduled to release a report on demolition practices in Philadelphia in the aftermath of a June 5 building collapse that killed six people.

GAY COUPLES TAKE PA. TO COURT OVER MARRIAGE BAN

The lawsuit by 21 same-sex couples, filed Wednesday in state Commonwealth Court, seeks to overturn Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban. It mirrors a separate challenge filed two months ago in federal court.

PREP SCHOOL CANCELS DEDICATION OF FIELD AFTER COMPLAINT OVER NAME

Wyoming Seminary in Luzerne County is taking flak after it renamed its athletic stadium "Mericle Field." Critics call it a tribute to convicted felon Robert Mericle, a developer who prosecutors say paid kickbacks to the judges in the "kids for cash" juvenile detention scandal. The school says it's named for other members of the Mericle family.

 

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