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March 25, 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 Tuesday:

ATTORNEYS FOR MENNONITE-OWNED COMPANY GOING BEFORE U.S. SUPREME COURT ON BIRTH CONTROL MANDATES

Two family-owned businesses, Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties – an East Earl business owned by Mennonites – object to covering certain methods of birth control in violation of their religious beliefs. The government is trying to force them to do that in the name of health care access.

ANTI-FRACKING ACTIVIST WANTS RELIEF FROM COURT ORDER BANNING HER FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY

Vera Scroggins says a court order banning her from land owned or leased by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. is also keeping her from her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends’ homes. That’s because all of them have leased land to the company. Cabot says Scroggins is just looking for publicity and all they want is to keep her away from drilling sites.

DEFENSE ATTORNEYS SAY FORMER STATE SEN. RAPHAEL MUSTO HAS CANCER, POSSIBLY JUST TWO MONTHS TO LIVE

The attorneys want Musto returned to his northeastern Pennsylvania home from the federal medical facility in North Carolina where he’s been diagnosed with an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Musto is charged with taking cash and other perks for helping obtain taxpayer money for development projects.

TREASURER ROB MCCORD CALLS GOV. TOM CORBETT’S MEDICAID PLAN ‘BONEHEADED’ – BUT ACKNOWLEDGES HE’S NOT SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF IT’S ABANDONED

McCord is one of five Democrats hoping to run against the Republican governor in November. McCord says expanding Medicaid is more cost-effective than the private insurance market that Corbett’s alternative plan would tap. Still, McCord says he doesn’t know what effect killing Corbett’s plan would have.

PHILADELPHIA 26ERS?

The 76ers lost their 25th consecutive game to San Antonio. That means Philadelphia would tie an NBA record if on Thursday the team loses its 26th straight game. The Cleveland Cavaliers set that record during the 2010-11 season.

 

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  • Green, Libertarian candidates abandon bids for governor

    Both third-party candidates who hoped to compete in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race have given up – leaving Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf to compete one-on-one.

    August 1, 2014

  • 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

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