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March 25, 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 Tuesday:

ATTORNEYS FOR MENNONITE-OWNED COMPANY GOING BEFORE U.S. SUPREME COURT ON BIRTH CONTROL MANDATES

Two family-owned businesses, Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties – an East Earl business owned by Mennonites – object to covering certain methods of birth control in violation of their religious beliefs. The government is trying to force them to do that in the name of health care access.

ANTI-FRACKING ACTIVIST WANTS RELIEF FROM COURT ORDER BANNING HER FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY

Vera Scroggins says a court order banning her from land owned or leased by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. is also keeping her from her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends’ homes. That’s because all of them have leased land to the company. Cabot says Scroggins is just looking for publicity and all they want is to keep her away from drilling sites.

DEFENSE ATTORNEYS SAY FORMER STATE SEN. RAPHAEL MUSTO HAS CANCER, POSSIBLY JUST TWO MONTHS TO LIVE

The attorneys want Musto returned to his northeastern Pennsylvania home from the federal medical facility in North Carolina where he’s been diagnosed with an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Musto is charged with taking cash and other perks for helping obtain taxpayer money for development projects.

TREASURER ROB MCCORD CALLS GOV. TOM CORBETT’S MEDICAID PLAN ‘BONEHEADED’ – BUT ACKNOWLEDGES HE’S NOT SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF IT’S ABANDONED

McCord is one of five Democrats hoping to run against the Republican governor in November. McCord says expanding Medicaid is more cost-effective than the private insurance market that Corbett’s alternative plan would tap. Still, McCord says he doesn’t know what effect killing Corbett’s plan would have.

PHILADELPHIA 26ERS?

The 76ers lost their 25th consecutive game to San Antonio. That means Philadelphia would tie an NBA record if on Thursday the team loses its 26th straight game. The Cleveland Cavaliers set that record during the 2010-11 season.

 

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