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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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  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

  • Penn State Abuse 27 Son: Joe Paterno afraid of wrongly accusing Sandusky

    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • State in Brief | Two guns found at alleged hospital shooter's home

    Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.

    July 26, 2014

  • Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop

    A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

    July 23, 2014

  • Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph

    Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death

    An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.

    July 23, 2014

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