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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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  • 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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