- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

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

MARCELLUS SHALE GROUP SAYS GOV.-ELECT TOM WOLF’S SEVERANCE TAX ESTIMATE A ‘MYTH’

Wolf wants to impose a 5-percent tax on drillers that he has claimed would raise more than $1 billion a year. But the Marcellus Shale Coalition says that estimate is based on a wholesale price that’s much higher than drillers are getting now. The group says a more reasonable estimate would be between $525 million and $675 million.

PHILLY MAYOR, POLICE COMMISSIONER SAYS PUBLIC TRUST NEEDED IN WAKE OF POLICE KILLINGS OF BLACK MEN

Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey participated in a panel discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about the continuing demonstrations sparked by the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the chokehold death in New York City and the refusal of grand juries in both cases to indict the officers.

DA SAYS WOMAN’S MURDER RESULT OF STEPFATHER’S NECROPHILIA

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says 53-year-old Gregory Graf shot the 33-year-old woman last month then recorded himself sexually abusing her dead body.

PHILLY-AREA TRANSIT SYSTEM FINALLY MOVING BEYOND METAL TOKENS

Philadelphia riders can now see evidence of SEPTA Key, the long-awaited smart card system for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Dozens of computerized kiosks, turnstiles and fare boxes have popped up in stations and on vehicles, and testing begins this month.

PENN STATE GOING TO FIRST BOWL GAME SINCE JERRY SANDUSKY CHILD-SEX SCANDAL

The Nittany Lions will make their first postseason appearance since 2011 against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27.

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