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January 23, 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 Thursday:

THREE PHILADELPHIA-AREA DEATHS INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE LINK TO SNOW, COLD

Police in Ridley Township say a 93-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man died in separate incidents, with the man – an Alzheimer’s patient – found outside clad only in underwear. Swarthmore police say a 67-year-old man’s death was suspected to be connected to the storm.

30,000 LOW-INCOME FAMILIES GET ANOTHER YEAR TO SWITCH KIDS’ COVERAGE FROM CHIPS TO MEDICAID

The deadline for states had been 2014, but Gov. Tom Corbett’s office says the extra time for Pennsylvania families to switch their children from the Children’s Health Insurance Program was allowed by the federal government.

FILMMAKER SAYS JOE PATERNO’S FAMILY SATISFIED WITH ‘HAPPY VALLEY’

Documentary maker Amir Bar-Lev says the late Penn State coach’s family and the lawyer for child sex-abuse victims of convicted former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have both expressed satisfaction with the film.

SOME STATE-OWNED UNIVERSITIES WANT TO LOWER OUT-OF-STATE TUITION TO COMPETE, STAVE OFF DECLINING ENROLLMENTS

The governing board of the State System of Higher Education is expected to vote Thursday on proposed pilot projects from several of the 14 campuses.

SCRANTON NATIVE HIRED AS OFFENSIVE LINE COACH BY PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Fifty-three-year-old Mike Munchak says he rooted for the Super Steelers of the 1970s and is now going to replace the recently fired Jack Bicknell Jr. Munchak himself was recently fired as head coach of the Tennessee Titans after compiling a 22-26 record in three seasons.

 

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

    July 29, 2014

  • Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide

    The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.

    July 29, 2014

  • Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee

    Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.

    July 29, 2014

  • Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen

    Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.

    July 29, 2014

  • 2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking

    Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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

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