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Richard S. Ianieri of Doylestown was charged in a one-count criminal information filed Monday in Pittsburgh. He is accused of accepting two kickbacks of about $100,000 each from a subcontractor, identified only as “K,” while he was an officer of Coherent Systems International Corp.

In an April 2006 news release, Mr. Murtha, a Democrat, announced that Coherent and Kuchera Defense Systems were working “virtually as one company” on 14 contracts worth $30 million to develop high-tech military gear.

Kuchera, which has given ten of thousands of dollars to Mr. Murtha’s campaign and political action committee, has been under scrutiny in recent months.

The company, owned by brothers William and Ronald Kuchera, has received $14.7 million in Murtha earmarks in the past two years. It and another company, Kuchera Industries Inc., received $53 million in federal contracts in this decade alone.


Gonzales to teach at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK — Alberto Gonzales, who resigned as U.S. attorney general two years ago, is coming to Texas Tech this fall to teach political science.

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance confirmed the hiring Tuesday.

A senior business assistant in Tech’s political science department, Dora Rodriguez, told the Austin American-Statesman that Mr. Gonzales will teach a “special topics” course on contemporary issues in the executive branch.

From wire dispatches and staff reports