- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

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

ANTI-ABORTION GROUP TO PROTEST NEXT TO LIBERTY BELL

Columbus, Ohio-based Created Equal has an all-day permit and plans to show images of bloody, aborted fetuses on a 10-by-12-foot screen in the heart of Philadelphia’s tourist area.

NO SEAMUS HERE: STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE APOLOGIZES, BUT SAYS PORN EMAIL SCANDAL JUST A ‘COOKED UP CONTROVERSY’

Justice Seamus McCaffery says he’s sorry if anyone was offended that he received and forwarded sexually explicit and pornographic emails first publicized by fellow Democrat Attorney General Kathleen Kane. McCaffery says Chief Justice Ronald Castille, a Republican, is using the emails in what McCaffery is calling a “vindictive attack” on him.

GOV. CORBETT, TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS EBOLA CONCERNS

Corbett will be joined by Secretary of Health Michael Wolf and Physician General Carrie DeLone during a Friday morning’s briefing.

MELLOWING OUT

State prosecutors have dropped the final criminal charge that former state Sen. Bob Mellow had faced in a public corruption investigation centered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A county judge in Harrisburg granted a request by the attorney general’s office to dismiss a conspiracy count against Mellow, once the Senate’s Democratic floor leader.

STATE SENATE GOES OUT WITH A BANG

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate adjourned Thursday until after the Nov. 4 election, but not before approving a bill that would broaden the definition of who can challenge local gun-control ordinances in court. The bill backed by the National Rifle Association would allow “membership organizations” to stand in for any Pennsylvania member who is “adversely affected” by such an ordinance.


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