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5 things to know for Wednesday in Pennsylvania

September 4, 2013
Associated Press

A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Wednesday:

GAY MARRIAGE LICENSES AT ISSUE IN COURT HEARING

A state court hears arguments Wednesday over a lawsuit filed by Gov. Tom Corbett's Health Department against a suburban Philadelphia court clerk who has been handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples since late July, despite a Pennsylvania law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

NO ONE'S STEERING THE SHIP, ER, CAR

U.S. House Transportation Chairman Bud Shuster and Pennsylvania's transportation secretary ride to the Pittsburgh airport in a 2011 Cadillac SRX ... with no driver. Carnegie Mellon University built the pilotless car to illustrate the promise of "autonomous driving." No word if KITT will be on board, as well.

FIRST BUILDING COLLAPSE LAWSUIT FILED

The family of an arts school graduate killed in a building demolition while she shopped at a Salvation Army store in Philadelphia has filed the first wrongful-death lawsuit over the collapse. The June collapse killed six, including 24-year-old Mary Lea Simpson, of Haverford, and her childhood friend.

NEW BOOK TRACES STATE POLICE GAMBLING PROBE

A forthcoming book says Pennsylvania State Police ran a secret investigation into whether corruption was involved in the awarding of lucrative casino licenses. "The Quiet Don" says police suspected then-Gov. Ed Rendell and those in his administration steered licenses to favored applicants. Rendell has denied any impropriety.

DUQUESNE BOOTS GERALDO FROM PANEL OVER SELFIE

Duquesne University has kicked Geraldo Rivera off a panel at the Pittsburgh school because of a half-naked selfie he posted this summer. Duquesne says the cellphone picture he posted on Twitter in July was inappropriate and not in line with the school's values as a Catholic university.

 
 

 

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