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January 15, 2014

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 Wednesday:

TWO-MINUTE WARNING

A federal judge in Philadelphia has called a timeout on the approval process of the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody wants to make sure there’s enough money to cover 20,000 retired players. The proposed settlement is designed to last at least 65 years.

WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio says he won’t run to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who announced last week that he plans to retire. Instead, DiGiorgio will support an expected bid by Ryan Costello, the chairman of the Chester County Commissioners.

EX-PITTSBURGH POLICE CHIEF’S FORMER PAL GETS THREE YEARS’ PROBATION IN BRIBERY SCHEME

Arthur Bedway Jr. admits he bribed a city official to get a $327,000 contract to put radios and computers in city police cars. But he insists that the former chief, Nathan Harper Jr., recruited him for the scheme and also made $9,000 from it. Harper’s attorneys say that’s nonsense, noting the chief hasn’t been charged.

STATE SENATE PUSHING ‘REVENGE PORN’ BILL

The bill would outlaw posting online sexually explicit photos or videos of ex-romantic partners as a way of humiliating them.

TREE HOUSE TROUBLES TOWN

A judge has upheld a central Pennsylvania zoning board’s decision requiring a man to dismantle a partially-constructed tree house that he was building for his daughter. The judge agreed with the Selinsgrove Zoning Board that the structure violates the borough’s zoning laws. The man was building it on his front lawn as a gift for his daughter’s 11th birthday.

 

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