A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:
PENNDOT SECRETARY SAYS TRANSPORTATION BILL RIGHT THING TO DO DESPITE COMPLAINTS ABOUT TAX, FEE INCREASES
Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says the new law to be phased in over five years will raise gasoline taxes at the wholesale level plus levy a range of motorist fees to eventually generate more than $2.3 billion annually. Schoch says he and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett spent a lot of time talking about alternatives before settling on the increases.
WHO’S YOUR FRIEND, WHO’S YOUR BUDDY?
A south-central Pennsylvania second-grader has answered that question. Thanks to Christian Bucks, students who don’t have anyone to play with at Roundtown Elementary School in York can go sit on the “buddy bench.” Then another student will come to the bench and ask if they want to play or talk.
REPUBLICANS IN PHILLY BURBS REPLACE ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH RAPE ON COUNTY COMMITTEE
Members of the Montgomery County GOP Committee last night elected state Rep. Mike Vereb to replace Robert Kerns. The 66-year-old lawyer denies charges he drugged and raped a female employee of his former law firm after a work-related party in October.
PHILLY TEEN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING TWITTER TO INTIMIDATE CRIME VICTIM
The 17-year-old Martin Luther King High School student pleaded guilty Wednesday in juvenile court to witness intimidation and terroristic threats for posting a photo of the victim and copies of secret investigative documents related to a 2012 attempted shooting.
STEELERS’ MIKE TOMLIN FINED $100,000 FOR CROSSING THE LINE
That’s how much the NFL fined Pittsburgh’s coach for stepping over the sideline and interfering with Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.