- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

GOP MATRIARCH, PHILANTHROPIST ELSIE HILLMAN DEAD AT 89

Elsie Hillman is a former Republican National Committeewoman who used her political acumen and money to help President George H.W. Bush get elected in 1988 and congressman Tom Ridge get elected governor in 1994. She and her billionaire industrialist husband, Henry Hillman, have donated money to a cancer center named for them, and have supported Pittsburgh’s symphony, public television station and other endeavors.

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA DOCTOR DENIES ILLEGALLY KILLING LION IN ZIMBABWE

Dr. Jan Seski, of Murrysville, is accused by African officials of illegally killing the animal with a bow-and-arrow in April. Seski says he wasn’t in Zimbabwe then, and that when he did kill a lion there in July he had proper permits.

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KATIE MCGINTY MAKES IT OFFICIAL: SHE’LL RUN FOR DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION TO OPPOSE REPUBLICAN U.S. SEN. PAT TOOMEY

McGinty lost the Democratic primary to Gov. Tom Wolf, before briefly working as his top aide. She’s resigning to challenge Joe Sestak, a retired Navy vice admiral and two-term congressman who lost to Toomey in 2010.

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SYRIAN ARCHIBISHOP SAYS UNITED STATES ‘UNJUST’ FOR NOT OFFERING ASYLUM TO CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED BY ISLAMIC STATE IN THE MIDEAST

Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart made the comments Tuesday in Philadelphia where the Knights of Columbus are holding their annual convention.

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WOLF’S NEW NOMINEE FOR STATE POLICE COMMISSION CALLS FOR BETTER RECRUITING TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY

Tyree C. Blocker, a 30-year veteran of the agency, tells The Associated Press he’s still catching up on changes in the department since he retired 10 years ago with the rank of major. But Blocker, who is black, says state police recruitment could attract more minorities and women.

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