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State News

September 30, 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 Monday:

STATE BRACES FOR FEDERAL GOV’T SHUTDOWN

Unless Congress reaches last-minute agreement on legislation to keep the government funded, national parks will close Tuesday and tens of thousands of federal employees in Pennsylvania will be furloughed, among other impacts.

PA. HEALTH EXCHANGE LAUNCHES THIS WEEK

Tuesday is the first day of the open enrollment period for new health insurance options under the 2010 federal health care law. Consumers have until Dec. 15 to enroll in Pennsylvania’s federally run health insurance exchange if they want coverage to start Jan. 1. After that, you can still enroll through the end of March to avoid penalties for 2014.

DEADLY FAMILY FEUD

Police say a two-decade family feud came to a violent end when a woman and her husband went to her estranged family’s home in Cambria County and shot and killed her mother and brother, and then, in turn, were shot and killed by her father, who authorities say acted in self-defense.

GOP TRIES TO REVIVE PENSION REFORM

Hoping to revive an issue many lawmakers consider dead, state Rep. Glen Grell, the House Republicans’ point man on pension reform, plans to offer a new proposal to rein in taxpayers’ soaring costs.

STEELERS, EAGLES OFF TO A DISMAL START

The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) are off to their worst start since 1968, falling to the Minnesota Vikings 34-27 in London, while the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) were picked apart by Peyton Manning in Denver. At least Pittsburgh fans have playoff baseball to look forward to.

 

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