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January 9, 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 Thursday:

PHILADELPHIA JUDGE SAYS STARVED GIRL LOOKED ‘LIKE AN AUSCHWITZ CHILD’

Municipal Court Judge James DeLeon used that description in ordering 30-year-old Carlos Rivera and 27-year-old Carmen Ramirez to stand trial in the death of the 3-year-old disabled girl. She weighed 11 pounds when she died in September.

NEW PITTSBURGH MAYOR WANTS STATE TO CONTINUE OVERSIGHT OF CITY’S FINANCES

Mayor Bill Peduto says more reforms are needed to curb the city’s debt and shore up its pensions – but he also wants to use Act 47 oversight to leverage the city’s nonprofits, like universities and hospitals, to participate in a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program to help pay for city services.

IS DEMOCRAT JACK WAGNER RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR?

Wagner, formerly the state auditor general and state senator from Pittsburgh, previously said he’d decide whether to run by end of 2013. But he now tells The Associated Press he still hasn’t made up his mind. He has until March 11 to collect signatures on nominating petitions.

STATE APPEALS COURT RULES WOMAN PAID TO HELP PROVIDE IN-HOME CARE FOR HER DISABLED SON WAS WORKING WHEN HE TRIED TO KILL HER

That’s why the Commonwealth Court has overturned a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, which had denied the woman benefits for having her throat slashed. The court found the woman was working for her son at the time under a government-funded home health care program.

TAKE THEM OUT OF THE BALLGAME

The Pittsburgh Pirates are getting rid of the buccaneer mascot that has served as the team’s symbol since 1936. A gold “P” will now be the team’s primary logo. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies are losing longtime broadcaster Chris Wheeler and color commentator Gary Matthews.

 

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