- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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

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GOV. TOM WOLF’S FIRST BUDGET WOULD RAISE INCOME, SALES, CIGARETTE TAXES; OFFER PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, REBATE FOR RENTERS

Wolf wants to raise the state’s tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent and add $1 to the cigarette tax, bringing it to $2.60 per pack. The state’s sales tax would also rise to 6.6 percent from 6 percent. Wolf claims his plan would also cut most homeowners’ school property taxes by 50 percent, though details are sketchy on how that will work.

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PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT WILL RULE ON WOLF’S DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams asked the court to review the policy the governor put in place last month. The challenge centers on the case of Terrance Williams, who had been on death row for the fatal tire-iron beating of a man in Philadelphia in 1984.

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FORMER DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN JOE SESTAK TO RUN AGAINST U.S. SENATOR PAT TOOMEY

Sestak, a retired Navy vice admiral, lost to Toomey, a Republican, when both ran for the Senate seat in 2010. Sestak served two terms in the U.S. House before losing to Toomey.

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PHILADELPHIA MAN TO STAND TRIAL IN DOUBLE MURDER

Prosecutors say 41-year-old Tam Le had three men bound, stabbed and dumped into the Schuylkill River over a debt. One of those men survived and testified against Le at a preliminary hearing yesterday.

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PHILADELPHIA MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN STABBING OF NICKI MINAJ’S CREW MEMBER

Thirty-one-year-old Pierce Boykin was charged yesterday with murder in the stabbing death of 29-year-old Devon Pickett. The double stabbing outside a bar last month left Pickett dead and a second member of Minaj’s tour severely wounded. They were in Philadelphia to rehearse for a tour.

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