A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Wednesday:
NATION'S LARGEST FULL-TIME LEGISLATURE COULD SHRINK IF HOUSE GETS ITS WAY
Pennsylvania voters would get a shot at reducing the size of the General Assembly under a pair of bills approved overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives. Proponents argue that reducing the size of the Legislature would enhance the prospect of compromise on disputed legislation and result in better lawmaking. Opponents contend the proposals are more symbolic than substantive and say they would make it more difficult — especially in the state's many rural areas — for citizens to engage their elected representatives. The proposed constitutional amendments now head to the Senate for consideration.
COLLEGE FRATERNITY LOSES AFFILIATION FOLLOWING STUDENT DEATH
Pi Delta Psi Inc. said it has revoked its affiliation with a chapter following the death of a New York City college student during what eastern Pennsylvania authorities say was a fraternity ritual. Monroe County District Attorney David Christine says he plans criminal charges following an investigation into the Dec. 8 death of 19-year-old Baruch College freshman Chun "Michael" Deng after about 30 Pi Delta Psi members spent the weekend at a rented house in the Poconos.
POLICE: PENNSYLVANIA MAN KILLS ESTRANGED WIFE IN FRONT OF COUPLE'S CHILDREN
Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania have charged a man in the shooting death of his estranged wife, which prosecutors say occurred in front of the couple's three children. Thirty-seven-year-old Win Min Htut is charged in Lehigh County with criminal homicide, burglary and criminal trespass in Tuesday's shooting death of 37-year-old Thida Nyint.
HISTORIC CENTRAL PENNSYLANIA THEATER TO BE TORN DOWN
Demolition will begin this week at the fire-damaged Garman Theatre and Hotel Do De in Bellefonte. A judge earlier this month denied a request by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association to hold off the demolition. The theater was built in 1890 and over the years hosted acts such as Harry Houdini, George Burns and Gracie Allen. It was in foreclosure and vacant and had been closed for four years when it was damaged by a fire that destroyed the hotel last year.
MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR GRUESOME DOG-FIGHTING OPERATION
A suburban Philadelphia man who ran a grisly dog-fighting operation out of the family home has been sentenced to 7½ to 15 years in prison. A Chester County judge says he found 34-year-old Shane Santiago's treatment of animals incomprehensible. Authorities say his children were exposed to horrific scenes including an animal being stomped to death by a group of men and a pit bull eating another dog. Santiago's wife, Laura Acampora, was sentenced last week to 23 months behind bars for failing to shield her children.