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December 6, 2012

Evening News Brief | 55 piglets found in trailer on highway

READING — Fifty-five piglets have been taken to an animal shelter after they were found left behind in a trailer on an eastern Pennsylvania highway median.

The Reading Eagle reports the baby pigs were found left in a trailer on Route 222 in Bern Township on Wednesday afternoon. They've been taken to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

Officials say two of the trailer's wheels had been removed and it was sitting on the grass just south of an interchange. Construction workers called police when they saw that the trailer had been abandoned for several hours.

Police are now trying to track down their owner.

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$109M verdict in woman's power line death

PITTSBURGH — The family of a western Pennsylvania woman killed in front of her mother-in-law and young daughters by a downed power line has won a $109 million wrongful death verdict.

The jury verdict Thursday for Michael Goretzka and his two young daughters included $61 million in punitive damages against West Penn Power Co.

Jurors heard nearly three weeks off testimony about the June 2009 death of 39-year-old Carrie Goretzka, of Irwin. She was standing in the yard calling 911 when the line fell on her, and suffered burns over 80 percent of her body.

Shanin Specter, who represents the Goretzka family, argued that West Penn employees failed to properly install the power line.

Judge Michael Della Vecchia says it's the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in Allegheny County.

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Armstrong plans to hire 145 workers at W.Va. plant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Armstrong World Industries plans to hire 145 workers at its Randolph County hardwood plant to meet increasing demand.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin confirmed the hirings Thursday at the 575-worker plant in Beverly.

The Lancaster, Pa.-based company makes flooring, ceilings and cabinets.

The company plans job fairs at the plant on Dec. 8 and 15, and on Jan. 5 and 19.

In April, the company recalled dozens of workers who were laid off in November 2011.

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