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February 24, 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 Monday:

SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA GAS WELL CAPPED AFTER DEADLY EXPLOSION

Chevron says crews capped the well Sunday in Dunkard Township that exploded and caught fire Feb. 11, killing a worker. Crews are now working to cap an adjacent well that caught fire three days later.

PENN STATE THON DANCERS RAISE RECORD $13.84 MILLION

The 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon ended yesterday afternoon. Dancers raise money to benefit pediatric cancer research and to provide support for patients and their families.

ICE JAMS PROMPT FLOOD WARNING FOR SOME COMMUNITIES ALONG ALLEGHENY RIVER IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

The warning is in effect for Armstrong and Clarion counties. It was issued because the National Weather Service says the ice jam is creating a backflow of water into the town of Parker. State Route 268, also called the Kittanning Pike, has been flooded in the area.

FILMMAKER BANNED FOR DOCUMENTING HIDDEN PARTS OF IRANIAN SOCIETY SPEAKS IN PITTSBURGH

Kamran Shirdel is visiting the United States for the first time. His films have been censored, banned and celebrated for documenting taboo subjects like the plight of Tehran’s prostitutes, the desperation of female prisoners, and the reality behind false heroes.

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT WON’T REVISIT DECISION TO STRIKE DOWN STATE LAW THAT TOOK NATURAL GAS ZONING DECISIONS AWAY FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Instead, the state Supreme Court denied a request by Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court for a new round of briefs and fact-finding process. The court previously ruled that new industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution.

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