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November 22, 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 Friday:


The federal judge handling a challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage will meet with lawyers to discuss a timeline for going to trial and could set a date for trial. Pennsylvania is the last state in the Northeast that does not permit same-sex marriage or civil unions.


Penn State’s Board of Trustees meets to discuss several issues, including tuition hikes and a presidential search, amid criticism that its governance is keeping some activities out of public view despite calls for the opposition. The meeting comes a day after the young man who testified last year that Jerry Sandusky raped him sued the school and the former coach for what he says was nearly four years of sexual assaults.


Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a firefighter who collapsed while fighting a house fire in Factoryville died of a heart attack. Officials said 58-year-old Russell Gow III was operating the controls of a tanker truck at an overnight fire in Wyoming County near the Factoryville Fire Station when he was stricken Wednesday night. He was later pronounced dead at Geisinger Community Medical Center.


Two men have been convicted of charges in western Pennsylvania including witness intimidation and conspiracy in connection with a rap video they posted online that authorities said urged people to kill Pittsburgh police officers. Twenty-two-year-old Rashee Beasley and 19-year-old Jamal Knox will be sentenced in early February. The video, which appeared on YouTube, was pulled this month after police began investigating.


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a gathering of 10,000 advocates for green construction that sustainability must be one of the country’s top priorities. Clinton, considered a potential contender for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, pulled on her experience as first lady, a U.S. senator and the nation’s top diplomat during a speech in Philadelphia at a conference presented by the U.S. Green Building Council. She told the conventioneers that they should continue to talk about their ideas in hopes of swaying more people that it makes ecological and financial sense.


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