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GAS DRILLING-UNIONS

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) - After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom.

That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit drilling.

The Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, says that construction work its members do on large pipeline jobs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia increased significantly over the last five years. In 2008, LIUNA members worked about 400,000 hours on such jobs. By 2012, it had risen to 5.7 million hours.

The group Penn Environment says there should be more investments in wind and solar power to give workers those kinds of jobs.

LABOR DISPUTE-LOOPHOLE

Pa. labor dispute law change runs into opposition

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A proposal to change Pennsylvania law regarding stalking and harassment in labor disputes is generating a dispute among Republicans in the state Legislature.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that House Republicans are objecting to changes made in the state Senate on a bill designed to address issues raised by the arrest of union leaders on federal racketeering charges.

The paper says the conflict involves language added in the Senate that would protect activity authorized under federal law and the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The Inquirer says House Republicans are considering whether to amend the bill, cut out the new language and send it back to the Senate.

Ten members of a Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 were accused earlier this year of intimidation and sabotage against contractors who wouldn't hire their workers.

STATE COLLEGE-CAMERAS

State College expands surveillance cameras network

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - State College is expanding its system of downtown surveillance, adding 71 cameras to a network that's been in place for about a decade.

The Centre Daily Times reported Sunday that the new cameras will be installed in the borough building, in parking garages and around the downtown area.

The borough council recently approved a contract for the expansion project, which will also convert the system to wireless.

Borough manager Tom Fountaine tells the paper that live monitoring of the cameras is extremely rare. He says they're mostly viewed as a crime-solving tool.

Penn State University has more than 2,000 cameras on its main campus, adjacent to State College borough.

The new cameras should be up and running by sometime this summer.

BODY IN POND

Authorities examine body of woman in NE Pa. pond

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania plan a forensic examination of the remains of a woman's body discovered in a private pond.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported Sunday that the property owner found the partially decomposed body Saturday afternoon.

A chief deputy coroner tells the paper the woman was fully clothed and showed no obvious signs of trauma.

The official says it's difficult to tell her age, and she may have died months ago.

He says the property owner was doing some landscaping and yard work when he noticed something unusual in the pond.

MISSING BOATER

Missing Pa. boater's search enters recovery stage

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) - Searchers trying to find a suburban Philadelphia man who fell from his boat into the Delaware River say they now consider it a recovery mission.

The Bucks County Courier Times reported Sunday that 49-year-old John Poltonowicz was seen jumping wakes left by a passing tugboat on Friday before he fell into the water.

The paper says the Bristol resident may have lost his balance, after which his boat circled in the river until it ran out of gas.

Witnesses report he wasn't wearing a life vest and was alone in the boat.

HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS

Blood donors replenish supplies after Pa. stabbing

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - An effort to replenish blood bank supplies after a mass stabbing at a western Pennsylvania high school is far exceeding its target.

KDKA-TV reported that the event at the Murrysville Community Center on Saturday drew dozens of donors.

The station says some of the injured required multiple transfusions.

The blood drive collected much more than its goal of 75 units.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal is accused of attempted homicide and other charges after allegedly stabbing 21 fellow students and a security guard shortly before the start of school April 9.

MISS AMERICA-STUDENT SUSPENDED

Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

The York Dispatch reported Sunday that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization's Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves.

Davuluri says her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with Farves.

School officials knew Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.

He apologized for disrupting Thursday's event. Davuluri was there to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.

EGG DECORATING-CHARGES

Police: Man pelted woman at egg decorating party

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police say a man threw hardboiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party, then tried to attack police.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday that 27-year-old Aaron Goempel was arrested on simple and aggravated assault charges.

Police say they responded to a fight call to find a woman with a red and swollen right eye. She told police Goempel threw the eggs after she accused him of cheating on her.

Authorities say that after police made their way past a makeshift barricade into a bedroom, Goempel reached for a row of knives and swords before he was subdued. They say he yelled racist obscenities at one officer and kicked another in the groin.

Court records don't indicate whether he has a defense attorney.

HAWK SANCTUARY-EASTER

Pa. hawk sanctuary has different kind of egg hunt

DREHERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A wild bird sanctuary in eastern Pennsylvania offers children a different kind of egg hunt for Easter, offering as prizes realistic looking wooden replicas of raptor eggs.

The Republican-Herald of Pottsville reported Sunday that about 50 children scoured the forest floor on Saturday at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Drehersville.

The painted eggs are for such species as peregrine falcons, kestrels and hawks.

The event has been held at the sanctuary since 2007. It's so popular there's a waiting list.

Children are provided a short program about raptors and their offspring. Prizes include a Hawk Mountain Sanctuary bookmark, a pencil and an activity book about birds of prey.

Each participant is allowed to take home a wooden replica egg.

The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary attracts 70,000 visitors annually.

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