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February 19, 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 Wednesday:

POLICE HAVEN'T SUBSTANTIATED CRAIGLIST SUSPECT'S CLAIMS THAT SHE KILLED 22 AS PART OF SATANIC CULT

For now, 19-year-old Miranda Barbour remains in the Northumberland County Jail only on charges that she and her husband killed a man who hired her for companionship after answering an online ad in November.

FAITH-HEALING PHILADELPHIA COUPLE FACE SENTENCING IN DEATH OF SECOND CHILD

Herbert and Catherine Schaible have pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon. At the time the boy died, the couple was under court orders to seek medical care for their children after their 2-year-old son, Kent, died of untreated pneumonia in 2009.

PITTSBURGH-BASED HEALTH INSURANCE GIANT HIGHMARK LOOKS TO ADD BLUE CROSS NETWORK IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Highmark and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania — which covers 13 counties — have submitted a merger proposal to the state Department of Insurance.

SECOND DEMOLITION WORKER CHARGED WITH MURDER IN 6 PHILADELPHIA BUILDING COLLAPSE DEATHS

A judge has upgraded charges against backhoe operator Sean Benschop. That happened after new evidence at a preliminary hearing showed he had previously been warned at another job site not to use heavy equipment near an unstable wall, especially with an occupied building nearby.

10 UNION OFFICIALS CHARGED BY FEDS WITH THUGGISH TACTICS TO COERCE BUILDING CONTRACTORS TO HIRE UNIONIZED IRONWORKERS

Federal prosecutors say the Philadelphia-area union used intimidation, assaults and property damage. One goon squad employed by Ironworkers Local 401 allegedly called itself T.H.U.Gs. That's short for The Helpful Union Guys.

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