HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:
HUGO SELENSKI FINALLY CONVICTED OF MURDER
It took nearly a dozen years and one failed prosecution, but prosecutors convicted the 41-year-old career criminal in the strangling deaths of pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. Selenski now faces the possible death penalty for killing the couple to rob the pharmacist of illegal drug money, and burying their bodies in his yard, where the bodies were found in 2003.
STATE SEN. JAKE CORMAN RELEASES DOCUMENTS IN FIGHT AGAINST NCAA’S SANCTIONS OF PENN STATE
The state Senate majority leader says NCAA president Mark Emmert should be fired and that the NCAA exceeded its legal authority while it pursued the sanctions in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal in an alleged bid to expand its own power.
GOV. TOM WOLF EXPLAINS PLAN TO TAX NATURAL-GAS DRILLING
He claims the plan would generate up to $1 billion a year largely earmarked for helping the state’s public schools. But some opponents say the new tax would discourage the booming industry and that new revenue streams aren’t going to help until the state enacts pension reform, the costs of which eat up too much revenue right now.
FIRED SHERIFF’S DEPUTY TESTED POSITIVE FOR COCAINE AFTER FUGITIVE’S SHOOTING
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says the deputy could face criminal charges if it’s determined the drug affected his judgment when he and other members of a fugitive task force fatally shot 47-year-old Leslie Sapp III in Pittsburgh on Jan. 6.
STEELERS-VIKINGS HALL OF FAME MATCHUP WILL HIGHLIGHT BUS’ LAST STOP
Former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in early August before the Steelers and Minnesota Vikings open the preseason with their game in Canton on Aug. 9. Former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is another of the eight inductees that weekend.