- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

REPUBLICAN SENATORS HOPE TO END DEBT-RIDDEN PENSION PLANS FOR STATE, SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

The majority Republicans want the plan to be part of negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over fixing state government’s large projected operating deficit. The pension fund’s estimated debt is $50 billion.

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PITTSBURGH PAYING $1.6 MILLLION TO SETTLE POLICE HIRING BIAS LAWSUIT

The city denies it was discriminating against black candidates as the American Civil Liberties Union claims. But city officials do want to improve minority hiring numbers and are also spending $250,000 on consultants to teach the city how to do that.

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FORMER REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATOR RICK SANTORUM TO ANNOUNCE PRESIDENTIAL DECISION ON MAY 27

Santorum says he’ll make the announcement in Butler, the western Pennsylvania town where he was raised. Santorum says he was an underdog in 2012 and will be if he runs again next year - but says he’s “comfortable” with that role.

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POLICE: PRO WRESTLING MOVE KILLED TODDLER

Police say a central Pennsylvania man was mimicking The Undertaker’s “Last Ride” move when he accidentally killed his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son. Police say the man meant to toss the boy onto a bed but missed.

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SANDUSKY TRYING AGAIN TO HAVE CONVICTION OVERTURNED.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky argues in a new appeal that pretrial publicity, leaks and unprepared defense lawyers are among the reasons a judge should throw out his child sexual abuse conviction. Previous appeals to overturn his conviction and decades-long prison sentence have failed.

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