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January 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 Friday:

SOME STATE-OWNED UNIVERSITIES GIVEN OK TO CUT TUITION TO ATTRACT MORE OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS, ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY

The State System of Higher Education board on Thursday approved two-year pilot projects at five of the 14 universities: California, Clarion, Edinboro, East Stroudsburg and West Chester. The projects will also enable some schools to charge program-specific fees to offset costs of some programs, including nursing.

ERIE DISTRICT JUDGE REPRIMANDED FOR WAVING HANDGUN DURING 2009 ROAD-RAGE INCIDENT

The state Court of Judicial Discipline issued the reprimand under orders of the state Supreme Court, after originally refusing to discipline District Justice Thomas Carney.

STATE REGULATORS SUSPEND HARNESS RACING AT PHILADELPHIA-AREA CASINO

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission says Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack and Casino has failed to resolve concerns about the track’s surface, which is blamed for a driver being thrown from his sulky in November. The track’s 2014 racing season is scheduled to begin March 8, but regulators say Harrah’s has repeatedly failed to tell them how they plan to address the problems.

LAWMAKER WANTS FEWER PENN STATE TRUSTEES

Sen. John Yudichak, a Luzerne County Democrat, wants to reduce the number of trustees from 30 to 23. The bill would allow eight alumni-elected members, five appointed by the governor with Senate approval, five chosen by the agriculture industry and five from business and industry, selected by a trustee committee.

CLERK OF COURTS CHARGED WITH MEETING DEADLINES FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING PAPERWORK

State prosecutors say Lebanon County Clerk Lisa Marie Arnold failed to timely notify PennDOT of drunken driving convictions 203 times last year. Her lawyer says the charges weren’t a surprise and that they intend to “handle them in due course.”

 

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