- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

STATE SENATE TRYING TO SAVE, BOOST PHONE FEES TO FUND 911 CENTERS

The bill unanimously approved would raise the per-line fee from $1 to $1.65. But the measure, which also includes fees of up to $52 per household, must now go to the House, where a similar bill doesn’t include those fees.

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HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REVIEWING BILL ON REFERENDUM FOR MERIT SELECTION OF JUDGES

The bill would start the process of amending the state constitution to end the practice of electing judges to the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts.

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STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PURSUING RECORD $8.9 MILION FINE AGAINST RANGE RESOURCES

Environmental regulators claim the Texas-based energy company repeatedly failed to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream in north-central Pennsylvania. Range contends any methane contamination is not its fault.

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PHILLY SUSPECT DOING MORE THAN JUST HAILING TAXICABS

Police are seeking a suspect who has stolen a dozen cabs in nine days in Philadelphia. Some of the cabs have been used in crimes. Five cabs have been recovered.

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JOE PATERNO ELECTED TO PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Paterno was actually approached for consideration about two decades ago but shied from the attention and wasn’t sure he could make the ceremony, which usually falls on a football Saturday. Penn State fired Paterno in November 2011 amid fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal. Paterno died of lung cancer two months later.

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