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.
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.