- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:

CORBETT, GOP LAWMAKERS LAUNCH TALKS ON BUDGET CONTAINING NO TAX INCREASE

Democrats are frozen out of budget negotiations as Gov. Tom Corbett and leaders of the Legislature’s Republican majorities negotiate a spending plan by themselves. Friday is the fourth-to-last day of the state government’s 2013-14 fiscal year. Democrats are applying pressure for a tax increase on the booming natural gas industry and sales of tobacco products to help fill a massive revenue shortfall and boost funding for public schools.

PATIENT CARE PROTECTION MEASURES IN UPMC, HIGHMARK SPLIT TO BE MADE PUBLIC

State officials are to announce details of an agreement that would allow some Highmark insurance enrollees to continue getting in-network coverage for UPMC doctors and facilities under certain circumstances after a contract between the two western Pennsylvania health care giants ends next year. UPMC is western Pennsylvania’s dominant network, with 22 hospitals and 400 outpatient sites. Highmark insurance, which recently acquired seven hospitals in the area, covers 3.2 million people in western Pennsylvania.

SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA APPROVES POLICY LIMITING SCHOOL NEWSPAPER’S ABILITY TO BAN ‘REDSKINS’

A suburban Philadelphia school board has approved a policy limiting - but not completely eliminating - a school newspaper’s ability to ban use of the word “Redskins” when referring to the school’s sports teams or mascot. The Neshaminy school board voted 8-1 without discussion Thursday night for the revised policy that bars the Bucks County high school newspaper from banning the name of the mascot from its editorials or its letters to the editor. The changes give students more control over the news section of The Playwickian but retain other restrictions.

JURY MULLING FATE OF MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING DEATH OUTSIDE BAR

A jury must now decide the fate of a man accused of gunning down another man outside a Pottstown bar last year. Twenty-year-old Maurice Andrews Jr. of Pottstown is charged in Montgomery County with first- and third-degree murder and conspiracy in the March 2013 slaying of 27-year-old Victor Baez outside Brian’s Cafe.

PROSECUTORS SAY TEXT MESSAGES SHOW CONFLICT BETWEEN DEFENDANT, WIFE HOURS BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED

Closing arguments could come Friday in the trial of a man accused of strangling his wife and dumping her body in a wooded area in western Pennsylvania two years ago. Prosecutors in Westmoreland County say text messages indicate conflict between 43-year-old David Stahl of Hempfield and 37-year-old Derry Area schoolteacher Rebecca Stahl only hours before she was killed in February 2012.

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