HIGH SCHOOL STABBINGS
Another Pa. school stabbing victim is improving
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A second critically-injured student from a mass stabbing at a Pittsburgh-area high school has been upgraded to fair condition.
Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville said Friday that only one student there remains in critical condition and two are now in fair condition.
Earlier Friday, another student was upgraded from critical to fair condition at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh.
The student, identified by family and friends as 17-year-old Jared Boger, appeared to be the most seriously injured after another student at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville allegedly slashed his way down a hallway with two kitchen knives just before classes began April 9.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal is charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and a school weapons violation.
MISS AMERICA-STUDENT SUSPENDED
Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom
YORK, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.
Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.
The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.
School officials heard about Farves' plan in advance and warned him not to do it. He has apologized for disrupting the event.
The school says students are disciplined for breaking rules and this incident is no different.
Davuluri was at the school to talk with students about diversity and the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.
2 workers hurt in central Pa. elevator accident
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - An industrial accident in Lancaster County has left two workers hurt.
WGAL-TV said it happened at Kreider Mulch in Washington Boro.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, officials say the two employees were operating a mulch elevator that had a mechanical failure. The accident left one man trapped.
Co-workers used a front-end loader to pry open the elevator and get the man out.
The man who was trapped was taken to the hospital for serious injuries but no additional details were available. The other employee suffered a blow to the arm but is said to be doing fine.
The names of the workers weren't immediately released.
NJ MOST WANTED-ARREST
'Most wanted' offender faces bail jumping charge
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A sex offender who was captured by New Jersey authorities earlier this month after being on the run for more than two decades has been charged with bail jumping.
Bail has been set at $150,000 for 48-year-old James Wade Barclay, who was arrested April 5 in Boswell, Pa. He was returned to New Jersey after he waived extradition,
Barclay had been wanted since he failed to appear for sentencing in September 1991 on a child sex assault charge and had been on New Jersey's "most wanted" list.
Barclay allegedly used a fictitious Social Security number to adopt the alias James C. Toryone and start a new life as a long-distance truck driver. Using the phony name, they say he got a driver's license and bought a house and firearms.
DEP: Wastewater leaked from Range impoundment pond
MARIANNA, Pa. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Protection says Range Resources will likely be sent a violation notice and fined for drilling wastewater that leaked out of an impoundment pond in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The drilling firm contacted the DEP when workers who were inspecting and upgrading the pond on Wednesday discovered a hole in the pond's liner and contaminated soil beneath it in Amwell Township.
Range spokesman Matt Pitzarella said the wastewater from hydraulic fracturing amounts to salt water and hasn't threatened drinking water or the environment.
DEP spokesman Jon Poister says the agency is trying to determine how much water leaked, though an inspector has already determined it was a "significant" leak.
Poister and Pitzarella say Range has hired a consulting firm to advise it how to dig up the contaminated soil and otherwise clean up the site.
New report examines gas drilling in state forests
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A new report is providing details about how the shale gas drilling boom is impacting Pennsylvania state forests.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued the 268-page report this week. It found that "shale-gas production on state forest lands is neither benign nor catastrophic" and that there are clearly impacts and tradeoffs.
The Shale Gas Monitoring report found that about 1,486 acres of forest have been converted to various types of drilling-related development since 2008, out of about 2.2 million acres in the state forest system. That figure doesn't include indirect impacts.
The environmental group PennFuture says it remains opposed to more gas drilling leases in state parks and forests.
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti says the drilling "is being carefully managed."
CHOCOLATE FACTORY CLOSED
Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter.
Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever. No more tax issues."
Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, told Philly.com that the shop signed an agreement to pay delinquent taxes and made a down payment on Thursday afternoon.
City officials had moved to close the store in the city's Kensington neighborhood Wednesday over $12,000 in unpaid taxes. Owner Phil Kerwick had disputed the amount.
The firm has been hand-making chocolates since the 1920s. It's noted for buttercreams and giant Easter eggs.
Ohio prison food vendor fined $142,000
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A private food vendor says it's committed to fixing problems with its contract feeding thousands of Ohio prison inmates.
Karen Cutler, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services, says the company encountered staffing and operational challenges expected in a large transition.
The state privatized its food service operations last year with a $110 million contract with Aramark through 2015.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday it is fining Aramark $142,100 for failing to meet contractual requirements.
The state says Aramark failed to meet staffing requirements several times at three prisons this year.
The prisons agency also says Aramark failed to meet the staffing requirement of a minimum of 414 positions.
Cutler says Aramark is committed to saving Ohio taxpayers $14 million this year.
Bicyclist struck by deer while on ride in Pa.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A southwestern Pennsylvania man has broken vertebrae in his neck and back, nine broken ribs, a bruised lung and a concussion after a deer slammed into him while he was riding his bicycle.
Sixty-five-year-old Allen Kinkead said it happened Sunday about 20 miles into a bicycle trip with five other people in Penn Township, Westmoreland County.
A deer darted across the road, slammed into Kinkead and ran off. He doesn't remember the impact but his friends witnessed the whole thing.
They told him he'd been "T-boned by a deer."
Kinkead was flown to a hospital. He's in a neck brace but says his helmet saved his life.
Kinkead's bike is damaged but he knows how to repair it: He owns a bicycle shop that his grandfather opened in 1912.
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