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5 things to know for Wednesday in Pennsylvania

July 9, 2014
Associated Press

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

PHILADELPHIA FIRE INSPECTOR SAYS TRUCKS RESPONDED WITHIN MINUTES TO ROW HOUSE FIRE THAT KILLED FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN

Despite that, members of a tight-knit West African community in the city want to know why the children died. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of Saturday's fire, which began on a porch and spread to a half city block.

TENS OF THOUSANDS LEFT WITHOUT POWER AFTER SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

Most of the more than 200,000 homes and businesses affected are in or near Philadelphia. But the storms were widespread across the state, including a small tornado that touched down in Mercer County, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Nobody was hurt by the twister, and other possible tornadoes were reported in Perry, Bedford and Sullivan counties in central Pennsylvania.

JERRY SANDUSKY'S ADULT SON SPEAKING OUT ABOUT ALLEGED ABUSE

The Oprah Winfrey Network says the talk show host's interview with Matt Sandusky will be broadcast on July 17. The network says Matt Sandusky describes grooming, methodical control and manipulation by his adoptive father, who is serving decades in prison for molesting 10 other boys.

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE MAY GET NAME CHANGE

The state Senate has unanimously approved changing the name to the Department of Human Services. Supporters say a new name would better reflect what the agency does and remove a stigma sometimes associated with public assistance and welfare.

WHAT GOES UP ... STATE-OWNED UNIVERSITY TUITION RISING AGAIN

Students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will see tuition increase by about 3 percent in the coming school year. The board of the State System of Higher Education has raised tuition by $99 a semester, to $3,410, for full-time students.

 
 

 

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