- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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

PHILADELPHIA VA OFFICE, OTHERS MAY BE TARGETED FOR REVIEW PROPOSED BY US SENATORS

The senators are troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims. So they want a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and for other possible systemic changes. They want the Government Accountability Office to investigate Philadelphia and other poorly performing offices.

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FUNERAL SET SATURDAY FOR OFFICER KILLED IN WRONG-WAY CRASH

Police are still trying to figure out why a work van was driving the wrong way on a major highway when it smashed into a patrol vehicle, killing Ligonier Township Lt. Eric Eslary early Tuesday. His funeral will be Saturday.

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SMOKING MATERIALS CAUSED FIRE THAT KILLED THREE WOMEN IN MOBILE HOME

Police in West Cain Township, Chester County, say Monday’s blaze trapped three women on a rear deck of the double-wide trailer. The blaze killed 58-year-old Rolanda Rimel, her 52-year-old sister Sally Rimel and Sally Rimel’s 37-year-old daughter, Angel Rimel. Four other people, including two children, escaped.

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LAWMAKERS, TRIM THYSELVES …

Pennsylvania state representatives have voted to trim dozens of members from the Legislature. The House voted 139-56 to cut its own ranks from 203 to 151, and voted 146-49 on a companion measure to reduce the Senate from 50 to 37. To become law, the proposal has to pass the Senate by the end of 2016 and get through both chambers again by December 2018. After that, voters would get the final say.

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PROSECUTION SAYS POLICE HAVE ‘TREMENDOUS’ POWER, MUST NOT ABUSE IT

Closing arguments were to continue Wednesday in the federal racketeering trial of six former Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of beating, robbing and cutting corners while prosecuting drug dealers. The jury is expected to begin deliberating Thursday.


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