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July 11, 2013

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MOPPING UP AFTER STORMS CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, PRODUCE POSSIBLE TORNADO

About 40,000 customers were still without power this morning in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties. The National Weather Service will be out assessing damage to some farm buildings that witnesses say were destroyed by a small tornado about 45 miles northwest of the city.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE WILL ADDRESS REPORTERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE ACLU FILED SUIT CHALLENGING STATE LAW OUTLAWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Kane’s office is charged with defending the law, but Kane has said she favors allowing same-sex marriage. Kane, the first Democrat ever elected state attorney general, is speaking today at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

PHILLY MOB UNDERBOSS FACING UP TO 20 YEARS FOR GAMBLING, EXTORTION CONVICTION

Joseph “Mousie” Massimino was convicted earlier this year after a lengthy trial and will be sentenced today. Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi is awaiting a retrial after the jury deadlocked in his racketeering case.

FORMER PHILLIES CATCHER DARREN DAULTON HAS BRAIN CANCER

A statement released by Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic says Daulton has glioblastoma, which the American Brain Tumor Association calls “highly malignant.” The former All-Start hosted a nightly radio show at the station before doctors found two tumors on his brain on June 27. He had an operation to remove them on July 1.

GOV. TOM CORBETT SIGNS, DEFENDS LAW THAT OIL AND GAS ROYALTY OWNERS GROUP SAYS UNDERMINES LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS IN MARCELLUS SHALE DEALS

The law is designed to advance the Marcellus Shale industry’s ability to vacuum up natural gas through horizontally drilled holes. That means Marcellus Shale gas wells can be drilled on land that was leased for the traditional, shallow oil and gas wells even if the gas being accessed is actually under a neighboring property.

 

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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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