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East Allegheny teachers become second to strike

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in a small western Pennsylvania school district are walking the picket line, becoming the second union local to go on strike in the new school year.

Members of the East Allegheny Education Association walked out Tuesday after contract talks with the school district broke down. The district has 1,700 students.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association says teachers in more than 150 other school districts are working without current contracts while negotiations continue.

The American Federation of Teachers, which represents a smaller number of locals that include teachers in the state's two biggest cities, says Philadelphia teachers are working under an expired contract but most of its locals have settled agreements.

In addition to the East Allegheny strike, educators in Millville School District in northeastern Pennsylvania also are on strike.


Pittsburgh announces hiring of new police chief

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh officials have announced the hiring of a new police chief.

He is Cameron McLay, a former Madison, Wisconsin police captain who has been working as a consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

McLay is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement.

The 56-year-old's hiring is subject to approval by the Pittsburgh City Council.

McLay will succeed acting Chief Regina McDonald. She replaced former Chief Nate Harper, who is serving a federal prision sentence for conspiring to divert money into a slush fund for his personal use.


Small fire in university sauna forces evacuation

EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) - Officials say a small fire temporarily forced hundreds of college students out of a campus building in northwestern Pennsylvania.

A spokesman for Edinboro University says flames erupted Tuesday at the women's fitness center.

About 350 people were evacuated from the Frank G. Pogue Student Center after firefighters arrived around 12:40 p.m.

The Erie Times-News reports the fire was contained to the sauna area.

The building reopened around 2 p.m.


Study to look at financial impact of gas boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) - For the first time researchers are looking at whether money from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom helps Pennsylvania children and families.

Research by Penn State sociology professor Molly Martin will compare northeastern Pennsylvania communities that have experienced the boom with nearby ones in New York state that haven't.

Some families have received hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars in drilling royalties.

New York has a moratorium on shale drilling, which uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to break underground rocks apart and free the gas.

Preliminary results from the study could be available in about a year. Martin says the New York-based Russell Sage Foundation provided a $150,000 grant.


Man pleads in shooting death of wife before kids

(Information in the following story is from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times,

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man accused of having killed his estranged wife in front of their three children has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Easton Express-Times reports that 38-year-old Win Min Htut (Toot) entered the plea Tuesday in Lehigh County Court. He faces a mandatory life term without parole, and prosecutors said he would give up his right to appeal.

Prosecutors said he shot 37-year-old Thida Nyint on December 17th outside their Bethlehem home in front of the couple's 16-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. He was later arrested at a convenience store with the toddler, who was unhurt.

Police said Htut told officers that he pointed the gun at his wife when she fell and he tried to grab the toddler but the gun went off.

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