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5 things to know for Wednesday in Pennsylvania

November 20, 2013
Associated Press

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

UNITED METHODIST PASTOR SUSPENDED FOR 30 DAYS FOR OFFICIATING AT SON'S SAME-SEX WEDDING IN 2007

But the Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon must surrender his credentials permanently if he doesn't agree to follow church law. The church accepts gay and lesbian members, but it rejects the practice of homosexuality as incompatible with Christian teaching.

STATE SENATE TO TAKE UP $2.3 BILLION TRANSPORATION BILL NOW THAT HOUSE REVERSES COURSE

The House, which earlier rejected a similar bill, passed the measure Tuesday despite objections from opponents that it amounts to the second-largest tax increase in state history. The money is supposed to be used for highway and bridge construction and repairs, with $500 million earmarked for mass transit agencies.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL REJECTS BAN ON NATURAL GAS DRILLING BENEATH ITS PARKS

The council voted 9-2 to reject a three-year moratorium that would prevent drilling until its environmental impacts could be studied. Those who favor drilling beneath the Pittsburgh-area parks say three initial wells could generate $8 million — which could be used to improve the parks.

HOUSE CONSIDERING PAIR OF BILLS TO MAKE POLICE WORK EASIER

One would expand the authority of police to take DNA samples from many suspects before they are convicted of crimes. The other bill would allow officers to use recording devices more broadly without first getting court-approved warrants.

COYOTE UGLY?

A state lawmaker is proposing a $25 bounty on coyotes to deal with what he calls an infestation in northeastern Pennsylvania. The bill by Rep. Mike Peifer, a Republican serving Monroe and Pike counties, would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to offer the rewards. Coyotes can already be hunted year-round, but Peifer wants to give hunters more of an incentive to kill the predators.

 
 

 

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