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September 16, 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:

GOV. CORBETT TO LAY OUT PLANS FOR IMPROVING STATE HEALTH CARE AND CONDITIONS FOR MEDICAID DOLLARS

Gov. Tom Corbett starts a three-day tour to lay out his plans to improve health care and reveal the conditions under which he would accept additional Medicaid dollars under the sweeping federal health care law designed to provide insurance to more working poor.  A key condition for Corbett will be an idea being explored by some other states – using the Medicaid dollars to buy private insurance policies instead of expanding government rolls – where Republicans are wary of expanding traditional Medicaid coverage.

IN FILING CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST GAS DRILLER, PENNSYLVANIA SPURS DEBATE OVER INDUSTRY, ITS ENFORCEMENT

When Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed criminal charges against a gas driller XTO last week, some business groups cried foul, calling it an abuse of legal power because the company had already settled the case with federal authorizes and is paying fines. Legal and environmental experts say it’s clear Pennsylvania made a broader statement by filing criminal charges, and XTO is also making a statement by fighting them.

DECADES LATER, A MONUMENT TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIANS WHO FLEW WITH TUSKEEGEE AIRMEN

Men from western Pennsylvania who served in the all-black Tuskegee Airmen unit during World War II have been honored in a new monument in Allegheny County.  Hundreds gathered at Sewickley Cemetery for Sunday’s unveiling of the memorial billed as the country’s largest outdoor monument honoring the barrier-breaking group.

NO MORE CHARGES IN DEATH OF NEWBORN FOUND IN HIGH SCHOOL

A high school student accused of discarding her newborn in a bathroom trashcan at her high school in Lancaster County won’t face any more charges because a coroner couldn’t determine if the child died from a lack of oxygen to the brain before or after it was born. Nineteen-year-old Cherlie LaFleur already faces charges of concealing the death of a child, which is a misdemeanor.

ALLEGHENY STRIKES DEAL TO SELL TUNGSTEN MATERIALS UNIT FOR $605 MILLION

Metals-maker Allegheny Technologies Inc. plans to sell its tungsten materials business for $605 million to Kennametal Inc. The Pittsburgh company said Monday that the deal gives it better financial flexibility as ATI focuses on growth opportunities in its high-performance metals and flat-rolled products segments.

 

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  • 4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say

    Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.

    April 14, 2014

  • Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping

    A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.

    April 11, 2014

  • APTOPIX High School Stabbings.jpg Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

    The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

    April 9, 2014

  • High School Stabbings.jpg Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured

    A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX stabbings.jpg Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 in Westmoreland County school, police say

    A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Man killed by train was texting

    Police say a man killed by a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia was texting a friend when he was struck while walking on the tracks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Daniel.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Wozniak, John Lawmakers want more aid for cities

    Several bills circulating at the Capitol would open improvement zones more quickly or allow smaller cities to participate.
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants to make the concept available to more cities the size of Johnstown.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lure other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

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