- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

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

CEREMONY HONORS 40 PASSENGERS, CREW WHO DIED IN CRASH OF HIJACKED AIRLINER IN PENNSYLVANIA ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

The 40 passengers and crew who died when hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are being honored in a new way during the 13th anniversary ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial. A Congressional Gold Medal awarded to those who died at the site of the memorial is being presented Thursday as part of the ceremony.

OHIO WOMAN INJURED BY ROCK DROPPED ON FAMILY CAR FROM PENNSYLVANIA OVERPASS SAID TO BE MAKING ‘AMAZING’ STRIDES DESPITE SETBACK

Relatives say a northeast Ohio woman who was critically injured when a rock was dropped on her family’s car from a Pennsylvania overpass has made “amazing” strides. Sharon Budd’s husband tells the Akron Beacon Journal that she is taking steps, talking in short sentences, eating soft foods and writing and drawing. However, she had a setback this week when she suffered a seizure from which she continues to recover.



POLL INDICATES LIKELY VOTERS STRONGLY PREFER DEMOCRAT TOM WOLF OVER GOP INCUMBENT TOM CORBETT

A poll of voters likely to cast ballots in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election shows they prefer Democrat Tom Wolf over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett by a 24-point margin. The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Wolf, a wealthy businessman, is favored by 59 percent of likely voters compared with 35 percent for Corbett. At least half said Wolf would do a better job handling the issues of jobs, education, government spending and taxes.

JURORS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DELIBERATIONS IN ABDUCTION OF 5-YEAR-OLD FROM PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL, SEXUAL ASSAULT

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Thursday in the trial of a woman accused in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl abducted from a Philadelphia school. A defense attorney urged jurors in closing arguments to acquit 21-year-old Christina Regusters suggesting that his client may have been involved but didn’t act alone. Prosecutors rejected that theory, citing DNA evidence and saying Regusters knew the girl from her day care job.

NURSES AT SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR TWO-DAY WALKOUT

Nurses at a southeastern Pennsylvania hospital have announced plans for a two-day walkout later this month. The Delaware County Daily Times reports that the Crozer-Chester Nurses Association has given official notice of a walkout from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23. The union represents nearly 600 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Health system officials say they are concerned about the institution’s financial health while the union is citing concerns about safe staffing levels.

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