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Pa. Republican gubernatorial candidate Guzzardi facing another court challenge

By Melissa Daniels 5:25 p.m.
A challenge to the gubernatorial candidacy of Republican Bob Guzzardi is headed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, according to court filings submitted Wednesday. Four petitioners filed a notice appealing a Commonwealth Court decision from a day earlier that allowed Guzzardi, …

New Castle man indicted on federal child porn charge

By Brian Bowling 2:54 p.m.
A federal grand jury indicted a New Castle man for production of child pornography because he recorded his rapes of an 8-year-old girl, according to court files unsealed Wednesday. Donald A. Miller, 42, already faces 29 state charges including child …

Defense lawyers in turnpike case invoke ‘Kane Doctrine’ on quid pro quo

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Defense lawyers in a turnpike corruption case on Tuesday tried to turn Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s reason for aborting a legislative corruption probe …

For undercover officer who tried to nab Lawrence County flasher, work can be ‘drag’

By Melissa Daniels
Helene Pavlov was curling her hair when she saw her son-in-law on the 5 p.m. news — dressed as an Amish woman. Pulaski Sgt. Chad …

Judge says Corbett primary challenger can stay on ballot, appeal planned

By Melissa Daniels
Gov. Tom Corbett has a primary opponent on May 20, for now. A Commonwealth Court judge ruled on Tuesday that Republican challenger Bob Guzzardi can …

Louis Freeh gets expedited appeal to Graham Spanier suit

By Centre Daily Times
STATE COLLEGE — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will make his case next month before the state Superior Court that the defamation case against him shouldn’t be delayed while ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier fights his own legal battles. The …

Tobacco companies expected to contest Pennsylvania’s settlement on payments

By Adam Smeltz
A high-profile fight over Pennsylvania’s tobacco settlement revenue probably isn’t over, a top state prosecutor said on Monday. The state Office of Attorney General expects several major tobacco companies will contest a Philadelphia judge’s ruling last week that restored about …

Business coalition floats plan to sell Pa. liquor stores

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Business groups, including drugstores, groceries and some beer distributors are asking lawmakers to approve the sale of Pennsylvania’s state stores and enact full-scale liquor privatization by June 30. A projected state deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars …

Obama, Biden visit on economy shifts from Leetsdale to North Fayette

By Mike Wereschagin
A community college campus in North Fayette will host President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the White House announced on Monday. The …

Pittsburgh firefighters sue over state’s continued financial oversight of city

By Bob Bauder
Politics, not finances, motivated Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to keep Pittsburgh under state oversight, the city firefighters union says in a lawsuit. The International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 1, which represents about 600 members, sued the city and …

State paid former Woods Run prison guard $50K to settle lawsuit

By Brian Bowling
The state paid a former Woods Run prison guard $50,000 to settle a federal lawsuit claiming he was unfairly suspended without pay in 2011 during an investigation of inmate abuse, according to a copy of the settlement released to the …

Salena Zito Reporting

Supreme Court voids overall contribution limits to political candidates

By Salena Zito
Citing a right to participate in democracy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down limits in federal law on aggregate campaign contributions that individual donors …

Brad Bumsted

Defense lawyers in turnpike case invoke ‘Kane Doctrine’ on quid pro quo

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Defense lawyers in a turnpike corruption case on Tuesday tried to turn Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s reason for aborting a legislative corruption probe against her. The defense attorneys …