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May 22, 2014

5 things to know today in Pennsylvania news

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

GOV. TOM CORBETT WON'T APPEAL RULING STRIKING DOWN MARRIAGE DEFINITION LAW

Corbett, a Catholic Republican, says he's violating his personal beliefs in choosing not to oppose a federal judge's ruling striking down a Pennsylvania law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Corbett says he doesn't believe an appeal would be successful.

DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER TOM WOLF, CORBETT SPAR OVER WHO'S BETTER TO LEAD PENNSYLVANIA'S GROWING NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY

Wolf says drilling "could be wonderful thing for Pennsylvania if we do it right." But Corbett, flanked by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, says Wolf merely "wants to tax this industry more. He wants to grow government." Corbett says Pennsylvania has become the nation's second-largest gas producer during his first term, behind only Texas.

FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH ASKS APPEALS COURT NOT TO DELAY DEFAMATION CASE

The school's former president, Graham Spanier, is suing Freeh over the damning report he prepared on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But Spanier won a court decision to delay the civil case until after Spanier's criminal trial. Freeh's lawyers say they want to clear his name sooner rather than later.

LAWMAKERS FACING CORRUPTION CHARGES LOSE PRIMARIES

Tuesday's election returns showed voters rejected re-election bids by Sen. Leanna Washington and Rep. J.P. Miranda, both Philadelphia-area Democrats. Washington is charged with using her taxpayer-paid staff to work on campaign fundraisers. Miranda is accused of funneling taxpayer money to his sister using a "ghost" employee.

MEGA MILLIONS WINNER YET TO EMERGE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Lottery officials say Tuesday's winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at a gas station convenience store in the Pittsburgh suburb of White Oak. The ticket has an annuity value of $149 million and a cash value of $86.1 million.

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