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February 20, 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 Wednesday:

JURY TO CONTINUE DELIBERATIONS IN CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION TRIAL OF PA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN, SISTER

The Allegheny County jury returns for a third day of deliberations in the campaign corruption trial of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie.

IN BID TO HELP STUDENTS BE MORE PRODUCTIVE, SOME SCHOOLS DITCHING CHAIRS IN FAVOR OF YOGA BALLS

It may seem like a game, but for some schools, the use of yoga balls for students to sit on instead of chairs is generating better productivity among elementary school students. In West Chester, teacher Robbi Giuliano calls it the best decision she’s ever made, noting that her fifth-graders focus more on their lessons while improving their balance and core strength, too.

UTILITY DROPS PLANNED APPEAL OF $109 MILLION VERDICT, WILL PAY $105 MILLION TO FAMILY OF WOMAN KILLED BY FALLING POWER LINE

West Penn Power has agreed to drop its appeal of a $109 million verdict against over the death of a woman killed by a power line that fell on her in front of her two young daughters. Instead, it will pay the family of Carrie Goretzka $105 million as well inspect its power lines for the kind of splices that caused her death in 2009.

YES, THE EARTH DID MOVE UNDER YOUR FEET ... NOT THAT ANYONE NOTICED

A minor tremor was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey which said it was centered in the west end of Williamsport and registered a magnitude of 2.3. While the earth did move, the effect was hardly noticeable and police told the Sun-Gazette newspaper that they fielded no calls of concern or worry about it. A quake of 2.5 to 3 is typically the smallest felt by people.

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  • 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

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

  • Penn State Abuse 27 Son: Joe Paterno afraid of wrongly accusing Sandusky

    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • State in Brief | Two guns found at alleged hospital shooter's home

    Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.

    July 26, 2014

  • Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop

    A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

    July 23, 2014

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