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GAS DRILLING-UNIONS

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) - After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom.

That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit drilling.

The Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, says that construction work its members do on large pipeline jobs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia increased significantly over the last five years. In 2008, LIUNA members worked about 400,000 hours on such jobs. By 2012, it had risen to 5.7 million hours.

The group Penn Environment says there should be more investments in wind and solar power to give workers those kinds of jobs.

LABOR DISPUTE-LOOPHOLE

Pa. labor dispute law change runs into opposition

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A proposal to change Pennsylvania law regarding stalking and harassment in labor disputes is generating a dispute among Republicans in the state Legislature.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that House Republicans are objecting to changes made in the state Senate on a bill designed to address issues raised by the arrest of union leaders on federal racketeering charges.

The paper says the conflict involves language added in the Senate that would protect activity authorized under federal law and the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The Inquirer says House Republicans are considering whether to amend the bill, cut out the new language and send it back to the Senate.

Ten members of a Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 were accused earlier this year of intimidation and sabotage against contractors who wouldn't hire their workers.

MISSING BOATER

Missing Pa. boater's search enters recovery stage

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) - Searchers trying to find a suburban Philadelphia man who fell from his boat into the Delaware River say they now consider it a recovery mission.

The Bucks County Courier Times reported Sunday that 49-year-old John Poltonowicz was seen jumping wakes left by a passing tugboat on Friday before he fell into the water.

The paper says the Bristol resident may have lost his balance, after which his boat circled in the river until it ran out of gas.

Witnesses report he wasn't wearing a life vest and was alone in the boat.

HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS

Blood donors replenish supplies after Pa. stabbing

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - An effort to replenish blood bank supplies after a mass stabbing at a western Pennsylvania high school is far exceeding its target.

KDKA-TV reported that the event at the Murrysville Community Center on Saturday drew dozens of donors.

The station says some of the injured required multiple transfusions.

The blood drive collected much more than its goal of 75 units.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal is accused of attempted homicide and other charges after allegedly stabbing 21 fellow students and a security guard shortly before the start of school April 9.

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