Tuesday, June 2, 2015
A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATORS, AMTRAK OFFICIALS FACE QUESTIONS AT HOUSE HEARING ON PHILADELPHIA DERAILMENT
Today's hearing by the House transportation committee comes amid rising concern about rail safety. There have been seven major passenger and freight train accidents this year. Eight passengers were killed and about 200 were injured in the Philadelphia derailment last month.
SHE SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE
The undercover sting that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office called too flawed to win convictions did just that again yesterday. A state legislator and former lawmaker, both Philadelphia Democrats, pleaded guilty, bringing to three the number of convictions since Democrat Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams took over the case.
HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE TO HEAR ABOUT SENATE-PASSED PENSION REFORM PLAN
The bill would replace the traditional pension benefit for future teachers and state workers with a maximum 4 percent contribution to a 401(k)-style plan and a cash-balance plan that pays 4 percent or less. It wouldn't affect today's retirees.
TWO SENIOR VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICIALS SUSPENDED AFTER AUDIT FOUND WORKERS WERE CHARGED TO ATTEND PSYCHIC READING PARTY
In a notice to Congress, the VA says it has temporarily suspended Lucy Filipov, the assistant director of the Philadelphia regional office, and Gary Hodge, who heads the Pension Management Center. Both employees will remain on the VA payroll pending an internal review to determine disciplinary action.
A VERITABLE POPE-POURRI?
Keychains, rosaries, T-shirts and even a miniature plush doll of Pope Francis will be among the souvenirs for sale to commemorate the pontiff's upcoming trip to Philadelphia. More than 200 keepsakes will be sold online starting this month with prices ranging from $5 to $500.