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Sparks fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf campaign debate

By The Associated Press 10:50 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — A lively second debate between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf became tense Wednesday as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as …

Flags lowered to mourn Pa. state trooper shot dead during gun training

By The Associated Press 10:54 a.m.
CONSHOHOCKEN — Pennsylvania’s governor has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the state Capitol and in Montgomery County in honor of a state trooper accidentally shot and killed during a gun training exercise at a safety facility. Gov. Tom …

Hospitals, doctors in Pa. received $32M in 5 months from drug, medical device companies

By Alex Nixon  and Adam Smeltz
Drug and medical device companies doled out $32.2 million to physicians and teaching hospitals in Pennsylvania during five months last year, according to data released Tuesday as part of a federal effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine. Companies …

Police find pipe bombs in woods during manhunt for suspect in trooper ambush

By The Associated Press
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — State police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania …

State trooper fatally shot during training exercise

By Michael Hasch
A state police officer was accidentally shot and killed Tuesday during a training exercise in Montgomery County. Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot in the chest about 4:45 p.m. at the county’s Public Safety Training Center in Plymouth, state police …

Cop killer Abu-Jamal to speak by recording to Vermont school ceremonies

By Bobby Kerlik
An infamous Philadelphia cop killer serving a life sentence will be a Vermont college’s commencement speaker this weekend because students determined he “embodied their values in the struggle for freedom,” a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The decision by Goddard College in …

Corbett to sign bill to help lower fatal overdoses

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that supporters say will reduce the number of fatal heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania in part by making an antidote more available to police and the public. The legislation offers immunity from …

Judge OKs alternative for 2 turnpike corruption case defendants

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A judge is giving two defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission corruption case an opportunity to have the charges against them dropped. Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis on Tuesday granted state prosecutors’ motion to allow 53-year-old Dennis …

2 men held in fatal Mercer County mobile home heist

By The Associated Press
Two Mercer County men have been charged with killing and robbing a man found dead outside his mobile home. State police have yet to say how Michael Johns Sr., 60, died. He was found outside his home near Route 58 …

Shooting victim identified in Lawrence Co. home invasion

By Margaret Harding
State police identified the shooting victim they described as an accomplice in a Lawrence County home invasion. Mariek Payne, 20, of New Castle died of a single gunshot wound to the back, state police said Tuesday. Police charged Anthony Welsh, …

Prosecutors float possibility of jail time for Melvin

By Bobby Kerlik
If former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin doesn’t have to write apology letters to judges across the state, Allegheny County prosecutors say she …

Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling
Before Nick Trombetta can prove the government violated his attorney-client relationships, he has to prove the relationships existed, a federal judge said during a hearing Tuesday. Because the four attorneys in question worked for the companies he founded, he faces …

2 Mercer County men charged in slaying, robbery of Grove City man

By Michael Hasch
Two Mercer County men have been charged in the slaying and robbery of a man at his home near Grove City. Ryan P. Bowers, 23, and Patrick S. McCamey, 39, both of Grove City, are charged with murder and robbery …

Bishop mum on accused priest

By Liz Zemba
The bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Monday told parishioners at a Somerset County church whose priest is accused of sexually exploiting teenage boys at a Central American orphanage that he can’t speak about the case. But Bishop Mark …

Attorney general lets Corbett aides view pornographic images from emails

By Brad Bumsted and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille said Monday that if any judges were involved in exchanging sexually explicit emails Gov. Tom Corbett’s aides reputedly sent when he was attorney general, they will “have to pay the piper.” …

2 defendants in Turnpike corruption case seek deal for probation without verdict

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Two Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission vendors charged in a broader “pay-to-play” scandal are set to receive a form of probation without verdict, court documents show. Jeffrey Suzenski and Dennis Miller, lesser figures in the case accusing officials of influence-peddling …

Manhunt for trooper slaying suspect won’t keep deer hunters from woods in bow season

By Reuters
EAST STROUDSBURG — The manhunt for the suspect in the ambush that killed a Pennsylvania trooper and wounded another won’t stop the opening of deer-hunting season in the Pocono Mountains, one of most prized spots in the Northeast for game, …

Teen charged in shooting death of man in Lawrence County

By Margaret Harding
A teen accused of robbing a Lawrence County home is accused in the death of his accomplice, court records show. State police in New Castle on Sunday charged Anthony Welsh, 17, of New Castle with second-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy, burglary, …

Corbett: Downtown project will ‘make a huge difference’ in Pittsburgh

By Melissa Daniels
The former Saks Fifth Avenue department store and largely vacant Henry W. Oliver Building will undergo a $134 million renovation with state assistance that Gov. …

Corbett announces funding for programs for at-risk students

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett announced $23.1 million in state funding for social and artistic activities in high-poverty, low-performing schools on Monday, including nine in Western Pennsylvania. Among the 64 winners were the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Consortium …