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May 16, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

PENNSYLVANIA LAWYERS ARGUE COURT SHOULDN’T OVERRULE LEGISLATURE ON STATE’S DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE AS ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN

The state’s law was passed in 1996. An attorney for a lesbian couple who want their Massachusetts marriage recognized in Pennsylvania called the one-man, one-woman rule a product of “anachronistic and narrow-minded” lawmakers.

FORMER LIBERIAN DEFENSE MINISTER TO SEEK BAIL IN FEDERAL COURT

That man, Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, says he never took part in the atrocities linked to his political party in the 1980s. He’s accused of lying about his past on immigration papers.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP ACCEPTS FIRST APPLICATION FROM DRILLING COMPANY WILLING TO ABIDE BY TOUGHER VOLUNTARY STANDARD

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale says the drilling company, which was not identified, has submitted an application to be certified. The program aims to promote voluntary but tough new standards in addition to existing government regulations on drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

19 FORMER STUDENTS NOW ACCUSING MARIANIST BROTHERS OF ABUSE AT PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Six of the eight religious brothers who worked at North Catholic High School are now dead, as some of them were at the school as long ago as 1940. The allegations came to light when the Pittsburgh Diocese learned that one brother who is still alive will stand trial later this year in Australia on charges he molested four students at a Catholic school in that country.

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY JUDGES REJECT MANDATORY SENTENCING LAWS

The judges in Blair County believe a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year makes Pennsylvania’s method of imposing mandatory minimum sentences illegal. The local district attorney has vowed to appeal.

 

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