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Pa. releases list of wells impacted by drilling

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 248 cases where oil or gas drilling and related activities ruined private drinking water wells.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday released links to the documents. The Associated Press and other news outlets have waged legal battles for several years seeking the records. The DEP had never previously released a comprehensive list to the public.

The cases date from 2008 to 2014 and include some where drilling impacted multiple water wells. The problems included methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater, and wells that went dry. The records show that some of the problems were temporary.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the main industry group, says drillers strive for zero incidents.


US approves Pennsylvania Medicaid plan

A half-a-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get access to federally funded health insurance.

The Corbett administration says the federal Department of Health and Human Services agreed to a plan yesterday to make Pennsylvania the 27th state to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law.

The money became available in January.

But the Republican governor is heavily critical of President Barack Obama's signature law, and he had refused to accept the money without securing changes to give the coverage some characteristics of private insurance.

Coverage will be administered through private insurers, but it must adhere to Medicaid's rules.

Low-income childless adults primarily will gain the coverage, which would start January first. Corbett is facing an uphill battle to win re-election November 4.


Harrisburg treasurer resigns after theft charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The treasurer of Pennsylvania's capital city is stepping down due to theft charges related to his previous job.

Harrisburg officials confirmed Treasurer John Campbell submitted his resignation yesterday.

Campbell has been charged with stealing from the Historic Harrisburg Association. He declined to comment on allegations he took about $8,400 for personal use.

However, Campbell denied any wrongdoing as the city's part-time, elected treasurer. He says he welcomes the mayor's call for an independent audit of that agency.

The 26-year-old served as executive director of the nonprofit group prior to becoming treasurer.

Campbell was released after surrendering to authorities Thursday. His resignation takes effect Sept. 2, so as not to disrupt the municipal payment schedule.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Papenfuse says City Council will advertise immediately for a new treasurer.


Pa. man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man who acknowledged producing child pornography faces a minimum of 15 years in prison when he's sentenced early next year.

Fifty-seven-year-old John Longo of Jeannette pleaded guilty Thursday to one charge of producing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Authorities say the retired Pennsylvania Turnpike worker asked a coworker to take sexually explicit images of a 12-year-old girl and email them to him.

Prosecutors say Lisa Renze of Uniontown sent him the pictures between June 2009 and November 2010. She pleaded guilty in April to producing child pornography.

Longo is being detained pending his Jan. 22 sentencing in federal court in Pittsburgh.


Resolution to oppose nuke waste near Lake Huron

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A member of Congress from Michigan says he'll sponsor a resolution opposing a Canadian power company's plan to bury waste from nuclear plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee announced his plan Thursday during a boat trip on Saginaw Bay. His district includes a section of the lake's shoreline.

The nonbinding resolution will urge President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take up the matter with the Canadian government.

Ontario Power Generation wants to entomb radioactive waste from in rock chambers 2,230 feet below the earth's surface near Kincardine, Ontario.

The company says the facility would be safe and wouldn't leak. Opponents say there's no way to guarantee that for the thousands of years that the waste would remain radioactive.


Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room.

Visitors can look at the 6,500-year-old remains beginning Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum.

Archaeologists first excavated the specimen from southern Iraq around 1930. But it sat for decades in the museum's basement without any documentation.

Museum officials confirmed its origins this summer while digitizing their collection.

The skeleton will be displayed in the museum's Artifact Lab. The space allows people to watch as conservators work to preserve artifacts and mummies.

Researchers believe the bones belong to a 50-year-old man from the Ubaid period, which lasted from 5500 to 4000 B.C. Complete human skeletons from that era are rare.

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