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August 29, 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:

NORTHEASTERN PA POLICE CHIEF TELLS AP HE EXPECTS TO BE FIRED FOR PRO-GUN, ANTI-LIBERAL VIDEO RANTS

But Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler says he won't go quietly. He already has an Internet radio show, speaking invitations to gun rallies around the country and a newly formed "Constitution Security Force" that he claims already has chapters in 45 states.

GOV. TOM CORBETT'S ATTORNEYS SAY SAME-SEX COUPLES AREN'T 'MARRIED' ANY MORE THAN 12-YEAR-OLDS COULD BE

The court filing comes as part of the administration's lawsuit seeking to block more than 150 same-sex marriage licenses issued by a county clerk outside Philadelphia.

COMMONWEALTH COURT JUDGE WON'T RULE ON WHETHER BOYS SHOULD BE BARRED FROM 'GIRLS' SPORTS

Instead, the judge says the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association should develop a policy if they wish to ban the practice — after which courts can rule on its legality.

LOTTERY PRIVATIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED AGAIN

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, which oversees the lottery, says Camelot Global Services had agreed to extend the life of the company's bid until Oct. 29. The deadline had been Friday. The latest extension is the eighth agreed to by the operator of British national lottery.

PIRATES' BYRD PUTS ONE IN THE BUSH(ES)

Marlon Byrd hit a home run into the center field shrubbery at PNC Park last night, in his first game for Pittsburgh since arriving in a trade from the New York Mets. The three-run shot helped the Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1. If the Pirates win again tonight, they'll be tied for first in the National League Central with St. Louis when the Cardinals arrive Friday for a three-game series.

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