- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

STATE POLICE DEFEND AGAINST COMPLAINTS THAT MANHUNT HAS DENIED RESIDENTS ACCESS TO HOMES

The massive search for 31-year-old Eric Frein, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another, has resulted in frequent unannounced and indefinite roadblocks in the village of Canadensis. Some people have ended up sleeping in their cars because their neighborhoods were cordoned off since the Sept. 12 shooting outside a police barracks in the Poconos.

SURVEY FINDS PENNSYLVANIA LEADS NATION IN SPENDING BY STATEHOUSE CANDIDATES

The Center for Public Integrity says statehouse candidates in Pennsylvania have spent $37.6 million on television commercials during the current two-year election cycle. The group says Democrat gubernatorial challenger Tom Wolf helped fuel that with $10 million he spent to jump-start his campaign against Gov. Tom Corbett.

GENERAL ELECTRIC TO FUND NATIONAL GAS INDUSTRY PROGRAM AT PENN STATE

Penn State announced the $10 million program Wednesday that will promote teaching and research into the booming industry.

PHILLY IRONWORKERS ACKNOWLEDGE TARGETING NON-UNION JOB SITES WITH ARSON, VANDALISM

Four of 10 ironworkers charged in the racketeering indictment have pleaded guilty to the goon-like tactics, and four others have signed plea agreements. Federal prosecutors say the group’s intimidation tactics included beating non-union workers with a baseball bat, damaging huge structural beams and anchor bolts, and using gasoline to set fire to a crane.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES MAKE THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Now the only question is who they’ll face and where they’ll play. The Pirates hold the top National League Wild Card spot and could either host or play at the San Francisco Giants. But the Pirates could still catch St. Louis for the Central Division crown and skip the Wild Card altogether. Pittsburgh trails the Cardinals by 1½ games with five to play.

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