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Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Jay Paterno and another former assistant football coach at Penn State are suing the university over how they were dismissed from the staff when Bill O'Brien was hired as head coach two years ago.

Paterno and William Kenney filed a lawsuit Monday in Philadelphia federal court that seeks more than $1 million.

Both served under Paterno's father, Joe Paterno, before he was fired soon after retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation in late 2011.

The coaches say they've been unfairly linked to the Sandusky scandal, making it difficult to find comparable coaching jobs.

Kenney is now an assistant at Western Michigan. Paterno is a writer and consultant.

A Penn State spokeswoman says it's common for head coaches to pick their own assistants but isn't offering more comment.


7th death blamed on 2013 Philly building collapse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A seventh death is being linked to a building collapse last year in Philadelphia that killed six others inside a Salvation Army.

The family of 59-year-old truck driver Danny Johnson says he died three weeks after being pulled from the rubble. A lawsuit filed Tuesday says the trauma exacerbated his heart disease and asthma.

Family lawyer Jeff Goodman says Johnson had a mild heart attack at the scene. He had previously been named one of 13 survivors of the June 2013 collapse.

Two contractors demolishing a building next door have been charged with third-degree murder on suspicion they ignored warnings that an unsupported brick wall could collapse on the Salvation Army.

Lawyers for the contractors and other defendants did not immediately return messages or declined to comment.


Pennsylvania child welfare sees slight improvement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new report ranks Pennsylvania 16th overall among 50 states in child health and well-being, up from 17th a year ago, as nationally more kids attended preschool but the percentage of children in single-parent households grew and more children grew up in poor communities.

The 25th Kids Count survey released Tuesday by The Annie E. Casey Foundation says Pennsylvania resumed improving after dropping three spots last year.

Education indicators in Pennsylvania are improving, with higher percentages of children attending preschool, fourth-graders proficient in reading and eighth-graders proficient in math.

Poverty indicators were mixed, with 20 percent of children living in poverty, up from 17 percent in 2005. Higher percentages of children living in single-parent households and high-poverty areas. Teen births are dropping, as are child and teen deaths.


Hit the gas: 97 miles of Pa. Turnpike go to 70 mph

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's first 70 mph speed limit is now in place on a 97-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

The speed limit on Interstate 76 from the Blue Mountain exit 201 through Morgantown exit 298 rose Tuesday from the standard 65 mph.

The Blue Mountain interchange is near Shippensburg while the Morgantown interchange is south of Reading. Some areas in the 97-mile stretch will be posted at lower speed limits because of curves. The standard for the rest of the 552-mile turnpike system is 65 mph, except for places like curves and tunnels.

The higher speeds were authorized by last year's transportation funding law. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is planning to announce Wednesday that is changing some of its speed limits.


Latest attack ad hits air in governor's race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The race for Pennsylvania governor is heating up, as a second outside group joined the fray with an attack ad on TV.

PA Families First, a coalition of the Democratic Governors Association and labor unions, began airing the ad Tuesday attacking Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

The ad is running in every Pennsylvania TV market but Erie. It accuses Corbett of cutting education aid, forcing school districts to lay off employees and raise property taxes while he refused to make the "oil and gas industry pay their fair share."

Corbett's campaign says Democrat Tom Wolf and his "cronies are at it again with lies and false information" and that only Corbett will take on public sector unions.

PA Families First reported having nearly $1.6 million to spend, as of June 9.


Congressmen visit home sheltering child immigrants

READING, Pa. (AP) - Three of Pennsylvania's Republican members of Congress who visited a home for troubled children say they would support a spending bill to deal with immigrant children who have overwhelmed border facilities.

U.S. Reps. Jim Gerlach, Charlie Dent and Patrick Meehan on Tuesday visited the Berks County's Bethany Children's Home, which has been sheltering some of the children.

They say they would support a more modest plan than the $3.7 billion sought by President Barack Obama to help federal agencies deal with the flood of child immigrants entering the U.S. illegally from Central America.

Meanwhile, the United Methodist Home for Children in suburban Harrisburg says it is receiving a federal grant to care for some of the children. Holy Family Institute in suburban Pittsburgh plans to shelter up to 36 children.


Pa. court: murder-suicide can be hidden from buyer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court says a murder-suicide isn't among the "material defects" that a home seller has to disclose to the buyer.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday in the case of a suburban Philadelphia property that was sold in 2007 for $610,000 to someone who didn't know it was the scene of a murder and suicide by Konstantinos Koumboulis a year earlier.

The majority says there would be wide implications to determining that "psychological stigma" can be the basis of a claim for fraud or negligent misrepresentation.

The justices say the occurrence of a tragedy inside a home doesn't affect the quality of the real estate. They write that if anyone's going to make such disclosure mandatory it will have to be the Legislature, after carefully considering the issue.


Philadelphia settles suit over gun permit info

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia is agreeing to pay $1.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit after it created a database with the names and addresses of more than 3,000 people who had appealed the revocation or denial of a permit to carry a firearm.

The city admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement revealed Tuesday and maintained the information isn't confidential. Some of the information was posted on a public website, while some was accessible only to city employees and contractors.

The agreement must still be approved by a judge.

The city also agreed to process permits faster and not to confiscate a gun unless there's probable cause that it is evidence of a crime.

With complaints flooding in, it pulled down the information four after it posted it. Two applicants sued.


Strike looms over Scranton teacher contract talks

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Teachers at one of Pennsylvania's 25 biggest school districts could strike on the first day of school.

Union president Rosemary Boland told The Times-Tribune of Scranton that a strike is possible if there's no contract by the time school starts.

Boland spokes after the school board rejected an arbitrator's fact-finding report.

Salary remains a major obstacle in the current contract that expires at the end of August.

Boland says the union's membership has already voted to authorize a strike. The district serves about 10,000 students.


SugarHouse breaks ground on long-planned expansion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - SugarHouse Casino has broken ground on a long-delayed $164 million expansion of its property in lower north Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.

SugarHouse general manager Wendy Hamilton told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the expansion is focused on enhancing the casino's non-gambling offerings.

SugarHouse opened in September 2010 as an interim facility while owners later fought lawsuits and obtained permits.

The expansion is expected to open next year and will more than double SugarHouse's size to 260,000 square feet from 108,000 square feet. That doesn't include a seven-story parking garage.

The gambling floor will expand to allow 30 more table games, 400 more slot machines and a 30-table poker room. But most of the new space will fit in new restaurants and a 30,000 square-foot event space.


Md. state senator must drop Hershey-bar-like signs

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge says a political candidate whose last name is Hershey must stop using campaign materials that mimic the look of the famous chocolate bar.

The judge ruled Thursday that Maryland state Sen. Stephen Hershey Jr. must stop using his dark brown signs with white lettering for now. The company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in June.

Hershey argued his signs, with a background of the Maryland flag in brown, are different enough to be permissible.

Judge William Quarles disagreed and issued a preliminary injunction, suggesting the company is likely to win its lawsuit.

Hershey's office didn't immediately respond to a phone message Thursday. His office has said Hershey has been told his family tree intersects with that of company founder Milton S. Hershey, but they aren't close relatives.

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