- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

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

TWO DEAD FOLLOWING SNOWY PILEUP ON INTERSTATE 80

State police say a western Pennsylvania motorist and a Kentucky trucker are dead after Wednesday’s 18-vehicle crash during a snow squall. Police say whiteout conditions led to the crashes.

COMMONWEALTH COURT RULES STATE CAN LEASE MORE LAND FOR NATURAL GAS, OIL DRILLING

The Commonwealth Court rejected a 2012 lawsuit by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation that sought to halt more drilling in state parks and forests and the diversion of rent and royalty payments away from a land conservation fund. The court says the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has exclusive authority over leasing decisions and the Legislature can use drilling proceeds into other state programs so long as the money is used for “the benefit of all the people.”

JURY SELECTION FINALLY OPENS IN HUGO SELENSKI BACKYARD BURIAL TRIAL

Selenski gained notoriety with the 2003 discovery of at least five bodies on his northeastern Pennsylvania property. The telegenic convict subsequently escaped from prison using a rope of bed sheets, turned himself in three days later, won acquittal on another pair of homicide charges. A jury is being picked to determine whether he killed a pharmacist and woman buried in his yard.

APPEALS COURT FINDS BEING ROBBERY VICTIM ISN’T ‘NORMAL WORKING CONDITION’ FOR STATE STORE EMPLOYEE

As such, the court says the former manager of a Philadelphia-area state store is entitled to $727 in weekly workers’ comp benefits. The Liquor Control Board had argued the benefits were reserved for people injured by “abnormal working conditions” but the court found the robbery that left the man emotionally disabled qualifies as such.

FORMER PROSECUTORS WHO REFUSED TO CHARGE BILL COSBY IN ALLEGED 2004 SEXUAL ASSAULT RUNNING FOR OFFICE AGAIN

Bruce Castor announced his candidacy after current Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman said she’s running for judge. The 53-year-old Republican said in November he personally thought Cosby should be arrested, but that evidence wasn’t strong enough to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Cosby and the woman later settled out of court and he’s denied wrongdoing.


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