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State News

November 11, 2013

5 things to know for Monday in Pennsylvania

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday:


A western Pennsylvania football team is preparing for its playoff game, three days after two of its players were killed in a car crash. Sharon High School fans are planning a “whiteout” in the stands of Monday night’s playoff game in Erie against Girard High School.


Patients undergoing heart surgery are faring better at Pennsylvania hospitals. Mortality rates for patients who had bypass surgery have fallen by more than 20 percent over seven years, and mortality rates for those undergoing heart valve surgery went down by more than a third, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.


A blaze at a Pittsburgh-area apartment building has killed a woman and injured five others. Quick-thinking Ambridge residents with ladders and mattresses rescued several other people from the building Sunday night.


An eastern Pennsylvania family says its puppy was killed by a hunter’s arrow. The body of Lilly, a 10-month-old border collie and pointer mix, was found in a neighbor’s field outside Reading early Sunday. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating.


The Eagles and Steelers both won on Sunday, and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger condemned a report that the team expects him to ask for a trade in the offseason. “I’m a Pittsburgher,” he said.


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  • 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

  • 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


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