PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:
With the battle budget resolved in Washington, tourists are being welcomed back at national park sites across Pennsylvania. Barricades are down Thursday at Gettysburg National Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park, while officials at Independence National Historical Park are printing tickets, and hope to be open later in the day.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MANUFACTURING SLOWDOWN
Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region has slowed this month, further evidence that the 16-day partial government shutdown weighed on the economy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional manufacturing activity slowed to 19.8 in October, down from a September reading of 22.3.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM FOR ALL
PITTSBURGH — About 10,000 young people from around the world are meeting in Pittsburgh this weekend for an environmental conference aimed at bringing more minorities into the movement. The Sierra Club and other organizers of the PowerShift conference are reaching out to black and Latino communities during the four-day conference.
PARENTS SPEAK ABOUT PHILLY STUDENT'S ASTHMA DEATH
PHILADELPHIA — The parents of a 12-year-old Philadelphia girl who died after an apparent asthma attack at a school without a nurse last month are expected to discuss her death Thursday. Their planned remarks come a day after Gov. Tom Corbett agreed to release $45 million to the Philadelphia School District, which is enduring its worst fiscal crisis in memory.
State police say a 5-month-old baby survived unharmed after her mother and a man were found dead in a Dauphin County motel room. Police say the preliminary evidence suggests that 22-year-old Savana Mercedes Silva shot 21-year-old Luis Angel Gerena-Morales before turning the gun on herself in East Hanover Township, shortly before their bodies were found Tuesday.