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News Minute: Here is the latest Pennsylvania news from The Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The cash-strapped Philadelphia School District will lay off 17 central office employees as part of an elimination of 81 positions. District spokesman Fernando Gallard says 64 of the 81 positions being eliminated are currently vacant. He says the cuts are estimated to save the district $5.4 million.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new TV ad by Gov. Tom Corbett's campaign is opening a new front in the Republican's mass communication strategy. The 30-second ad unveiled this week labels Democrat Tom Wolf as a "maxed-out donor" to President Barack Obama. It's the first time the Corbett campaign has mentioned Obama in a TV ad.

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a teenager drowned while reportedly trying to retrieve a soccer ball from a recreational reservoir in southeastern Pennsylvania. Officials in Chester County said the 17-year-old disappeared after entering the pond at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Police chief Albert McCarthy said fire company rescuers got the youth out, but he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state appeals court is ruling against a landowner who wanted to access his landlocked property by putting a road through a neighbor's land, the latest decision in a long-running dispute about how Pennsylvania's Private Road Act should be applied. The unanimous Commonwealth Court ruling this week said a man wasn't entitled to the road because it would primarily benefit him and not the wider public.

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