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February 5, 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:

ICE KNOCKING OUT POWER, SLOWING TRAVEL ACROSS THE STATE, THOUGH EAST GETTING HIT HARDER THAN WEST

PECO was reporting more than 100,000 customers without power in the five-county Philadelphia region, most of them in suburban counties. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has ordered speed limits reduced to 45 mph and has banned empty tractor-trailers until further notice, while PennDOT has dropped the speed limit to 45 mph on all or part of the state’s interstate highways.

GOV. TOM CORBETT TO ALLOW GAS TO BE DRAWN FROM BENEATH STATE PARKS, FORESTS

But the executive order will allow that only when exploration companies drill on adjacent, privately owned land. Corbett’s $29.4 billion budget proposal counts on $75 million in bonus payments from leases for such drilling that had been prohibited by a 3-year-old executive order issued by then-Gov. Ed Rendell.

CORBETT’S SPENDING PLAN NOT WOOING DEMOCRATS

But, then again, why would it? This is an election year in which five Democrats are running for the nomination to oppose him in November. Those potential opponents – John Hanger, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf – say the proposal won’t make up for the loss from Corbett’s $1 billion-plus cut in education spending in 2011.

AP JOINING OTHER MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING DOCUMENTS ON PPL’S HANDLING OF MAJOR 2011 POWER OUTAGE

The AP and others have asked the Commonwealth Court to stop the Public Utility Commission from keeping the documents secret.

ARCHITECT OF BROAD STREET BULLIES DIES

Keith Allen was the first coach of the Philadelphia Flyers before becoming the general manager who built the organization’s Stanley Cup championship teams of 1974 and 1975. The 90-year-old Allen died Tuesday.

 

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