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December 31, 2013

5 things to know in Pennsylvania news

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

LOTTERY PRIVATIZATION PLAN'S NUMBER COMES UP ZERO

Gov. Tom Corbett is dropping his plans to hire a British national lottery operator to run the Pennsylvania Lottery in a privatization deal that promised the state $34 billion in profits over 20 years. Corbett's spokesman says hiring Camelot Global Services faced too many challenges and had too few supporters.

JUDGE SETS BAIL AT $250,000 FOR PHILADELPHIA PRIEST AWARDED RETRIAL IN CLERGY SEX-ABUSE SCANDAL

The decision means Monsignor William Lynn could be freed if he posts the bail. He would also have to submit to electronic monitoring and surrender his passport while he awaits a new trial. He's already served 18 months of a three- to six-year sentence that's been overturned by a state appeals court.

CHAIRMAN OF PENNSYLVANIA'S STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM IS RESIGNING

Nicholas Maiale says he's leaving because he was largely responsible for hiring an investment chief being investigated for possible misconduct and because state Treasurer Rob McCord's comments have inflamed the situation. McCord is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett for re-election.

PASTOR, WIFE PLEAD NO CONTEST TO CHARGES THEY UNDERFED THREE ADOPTED CHILDREN

The Rev. Mark Hooper and his wife, Susan, of Mount Jewett, face sentencing in February. The Hoopers avoided a trial scheduled to begin next week, and the child endangerment charges were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.

STATE SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCES FOR 2008 DOUBLE MURDERER

The court rejected arguments made by attorneys for the Bucks County man, 38-year-old Robert Diamond, that a judge didn't properly consider his mental illnesses before imposing the death penalty for the racially-motivated shooting rampage at a Simon & Schuster facility in Bristol in August 2008.

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