A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:
DIAPERS, BRIEF SIGHTINGS SUGGEST SNIPER SUSPECT MAKING ‘GAME’ OUT OF STATE POLICE MANHUNT
Police say the 31-year-old man accused of shooting two troopers, killing one, almost two weeks ago appears to have purposely made himself visible at times as authorities hunt for him in a densely wooded section of the Poconos. Police have also found soiled adult diapers and say Eric Frein is using them to remain still for long periods of time.
U.S. SENATORS WANT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO BROADEN MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR FRAILEST SENIORS
The Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly serves more than 31,000 Americans 55 or older in 31 states. Pennsylvania has the most centers to serve such patients. Proponents say they are a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care.
THREE SUSPECTS IN BEATING OF GAY PHILDAELPHIA COUPLE RELEASED ON BOND
Attorneys for the suspects say the encounter was nothing more than a “fist fight” that “got out of hand” and not a homophobic attack as police claim.
UP IN SMOKE: STATE SENATE OKS MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL
But House Republican leaders are skeptical of the bill and GOP Gov. Tom Corbett opposes it. Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, epilepsy and seizures, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, spinocerebellar ataxia, severe fibromyalgia, wasting syndrome, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome.
SPEAKING OF SMOKE: CORBETT SIGNS BILL FOR $2-PER-PACK CIGARETTE TAX TO FUND PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS
The tax will apply only to cigarettes sold in Philadelphia. The planned tax is expected to generate $83 million a year for the city’s schools. The state already imposes a $1.60-a-pack excise tax on cigarettes.
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