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Corbett ramps up pitch to education, women voters

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is attacking two of his weakest polling points, his job approval by women voters and his efforts on education.

On Thursday, he attended the kickoff of a women's committee that'll help lead efforts to attract women supporters to the Republican's re-election campaign.

He attended with his wife, Susan, who told a crowd of about 60 gathered in a suburban Philadelphia restaurant that her husband has a strong record on funding education. The appearance comes a few days after the campaign released a TV ad in which Susan Corbett does the talking and stresses her husband's commitment to education.

Her contention that Corbett increased the Education Department's budget doesn't count federal recession aid for public schools and universities that expired three years ago. Counting that aid, the department's budget remains smaller.


Father, son killed in NE Pa. home identified

HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of a father and son found shot to death in their northeastern Pennsylvania home.

State police in Luzerne County say 73-year-old Ronald Evans was found dead on the rear deck of the Hunlock Township residence. Troopers said 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans was found dead in a hallway. Both had been shot multiple times.

Police said 31-year-old James Roche and 39-year-old Holly Ann Crawford were later arrested on criminal homicide charges in a wooded area outside their Sweet Valley home. Court documents don't list attorneys for the defendants and listed numbers for them couldn't be found Thursday.

Crawford made headlines several years ago when she was convicted of animal cruelty for marketing "gothic" kittens with pierced ears and bobbed tails.


Judge rejects bid to move Pa. slaying trial

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania judge has rejected a request to move the trial of a man charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend two years ago.

The (Washington) Observer Reporter reports that Washington County Judge Katherine Emery on Wednesday denied the motion by 25-year-old Jordan Clemons.

Authorities allege that Clemons killed 21-year-old Karissa Kunco and dumped her naked body in a wooded area in January 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Assistant Public Defender Brian Gorman cited news coverage of the case as well the social media presence of a group called Karissa's Army that has organized rallies.

Prosecutors argued that the victim was a resident of another county and that by the September trial date, about 30 months will have elapsed since the homicide.


NJ, Pa. lawmakers propose bridge agency changes

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Lawmakers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania are proposing changes to the Delaware River Port Authority, which runs four bridges connecting the two states in the Philadelphia area.

The bills to be introduced in the legislatures of both state next week would ban the agency from doing economic development work, force it to comply with public records laws in both state, among other changes.

At the behest of the governors of both states, the DRPA has already made major changes in the last several years, including several called for in the bill.

But sponsors say the rules must be made in law as well as agency regulations.

For the bill to take effect, it would have to be adopted in both states and approved by Congress.


Pa. township approves permits for airport drilling

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions.

Findley Township supervisors voted 2-1 to approve the conditional use permits but included noise and light disturbance limits, requirements for flaggers and safety vehicles at entrances to the site, a ban on injection wells and other caveats.

A proposal to require one well pad moved further away from a residential development was rejected.

Consol Energy Inc. hopes to start drilling this year. Allegheny county officials say the deal could generate more than $500 million in royalties over the next few decades.

After the vote, company president Nick DeIuliis vowed that the project would be a model of safe and responsible natural gas development.


Philadelphia newspaper guild won't bid for company

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The local newspaper guild has dropped out of the upcoming auction for Philadelphia's two largest newspapers.

About 500 unionized employees of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News had hoped to bid at the latest sale of the troubled company, with the backing of business tycoon Raymond Perelman.

However, Perelman and other potential investors have balked at the $77 million opening bid pledged by current owners.

Rival partners George Norcross and Lewis Katz are locked in a feud over the business, prompting the company's fifth sale in eight years.

Norcross wants current owners to compete with incremental $1 million bids, while Katz has proposed a sealed bid auction open to anyone.

Judge Donald Parsons Jr. did not rule Thursday on the auction but expects to do so quickly.


Group committed to Afghanistan despite shooting

LEMOYNE, Pa. (AP) - Officials at a U.S. health care nonprofit say they are working closely with authorities investigating a shooting at their Kabul hospital that killed three American physicians and wounded a U.S. nurse.

Mark Knecht, Cure International's chief financial officer, told reporters outside the group's headquarters in Lemoyne, Pa., that it "remains committed to serve the people of Afghanistan."

He also is asking for prayers for "the families of the victims and those affected by the shooting, as well as the peace in Afghanistan."

Knecht said Dale Brantner, president and CEO, is traveling internationally and will issue a formal statement Thursday afternoon.

Officials say an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday morning on a group of doctors at the Cure International Hospital. Knecht says the hospital is focused on maternity and pediatric care and serves 37,000 patients annually.


Former state Sen. Raphael Musto dies at 85

PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) - A former state senator from northeastern Pennsylvania has died after a long illness, leaving pending corruption charges against him unresolved.

Ex-Sen. Raphael Musto died Thursday morning at his home in Pittston, surrounded by his family, according to his niece. He was 85.

Musto had recently been released from a federal medical prison in North Carolina, where he was sent in January after being declared mentally unfit to stand trial.

Musto was charged with accepting cash and other perks for helping obtain taxpayer money for development projects. He had pleaded not guilty.

Niece Jacqueline Musto Carroll, the former district attorney for Luzerne County, says family members were grateful to celebrate Easter with Musto last weekend.

She says Musto is survived by his wife, four children and many grandchildren.

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