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5 things to know for Tuesday in Pennsylvania

A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL, MAKING MORNING COMMUTE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ANYTHING BUT DELIGHTFUL

Dozens of districts in the Pittsburgh area were on a two-hour delay Tuesday as 3 to 5 inches of snow was expected in some areas. PennDOT even reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on Interstates 79 and 376. The same system is expected to drop as much as 2 inches of snow on the Philadelphia region.

NEW STATE LAWMAKERS TO BE SWORN IN, REPUBLICANS EXPECTED TO ELECT TURZAI HOUSE SPEAKER

Republicans control both the Senate and House AND picked up additional seats in the November election. In the House, Republicans outnumber Democrats 119 to 84 and in the Senate, 30 to 20. House members are expected to elect Rep. Mike Turzai of Allegheny County, the current majority leader, as the new speaker. He’ll replace Sam Smith, who retired.

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DAD JAILED AFTER STANDOFF, ACCUSED OF TAKING 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN CUSTODY DISPUTE WITH GRANDMOTHER

Police arrested 32-year-old Tex Ortiz in Altoona Monday night and returned Jaleeyah Ortiz to relatives near Pittsburgh after a tip led officers to a home where they were holed up. The girl’s grandmother was awarded custody after Ortiz missed a Dec. 19 hearing. The girl’s mother died in October.

AS EXPECTED, ALLEGED STATE POLICE ASSASSIN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL

Thirty-one-year-old survivalist Eric Frein was ordered to trial after a preliminary hearing Monday in which surveillance video showed state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson being gunned down outside his barracks in the Poconos on Sept. 12. Another trooper was critically wounded.

COST OF CLEANING UP WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP JUMPS FROM $44.5 MILLION TO AT LEAST $412 MILLION

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will take another 10 years to dig up and haul away nuclear waste from the dump site in Parks Township. The site was once owned by Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp., which operated fuel plants for nuclear submarines in Parks and nearby Apollo.

 

 

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