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November 21, 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 Thursday:

STATE HOUSE EXPECTED TO APPROVE $2.3 BILLION TRANSPORTATION BILL

The Senate approved the measure Wednesday and the House gave the bill preliminary approval earlier this week, despite opponents who say the bill is the second-largest tax increase in state history. The measure increases gasoline taxes, some traffic fines and motorist fees. Proponents say it’s needed to build and maintain bridges, roads and mass transit systems.

FOOTBALL FIGHT

Police have filed charges against a central Pennsylvania high school football player who ripped the helmet off an opposing player and beat him over the head with it during a game two months ago. The Hamburg player is being charged in juvenile court. Video of the Sept. 6 game against Annville-Cleona captured the incident.

HILLARY CLINTON SPEAKING AT 2013 GREENBUILD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO IN PHILADELPHIA

The former Secretary of State and presumptive front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination will give the keynote address to the group of ecology-minded builders Thursday evening.

COLD-CASE MURDER TRIAL ABOUT TO WRAP UP

Closing arguments are expected Thursday in the trial of a former western Pennsylvania borough councilman Gregory Hopkins. The 67-year-old former Bridgewater official is accused of having killed his former girlfriend, who was found strangled and bound in her apartment in September 1979.

OUT WITH THE MOLD, IN WITH THE NEW?

A town near Philadelphia that’s famous for fungus will ring in 2014 with a giant mushroom. The 700-pound, stainless steel toadstool will be lowered from a crane Dec. 31 as residents of Kennett Square count down to the New Year. Kennett Square calls itself the mushroom capital of the world because area farms account for about half of U.S. mushroom production.

 

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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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