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The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell beer for off-site consumption in any amount, including six-packs and growlers.

The bill, approved Monday, would let manufacturers ship up to 192 ounces of beer to consumers each month.

Consumers would also be able to buy mixed drinks at the state's sporting venues that currently sell beer.

The legislation now heads to the state House of Representatives.

A spokesman for Wolf was non-committal Monday night on whether the governor would sign the bill.

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Classes have resumed for more than 100,000 students who attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's management and musicians union have agreed to let an independent expert assess the organization's finances in hopes of ending a musician's strike that began Sept. 30.

Management is seeking a 15-percent wage cut, plus pension concessions saying that's necessary to keep the symphony solvent in the face of more than $20 million in debt over the next five years.

The musicians' union says management is overstating the orchestra's financial problems.

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Vice President Joe Biden will be in Pittsburgh campaigning for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday while rocker Jon Bon Jovi will play a concert supporting the Democratic presidential nominee on Thursday.

Biden is scheduled to speak at Chatham University at 11:30 a.m. for what's billed as a Get Out The Vote event.

Bon Jovi's concert at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is also billed as a Get Out The Vote event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. though a start time has not been announced on the link where people can get tickets.

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.7 percent in September.

The state Labor and Industry Department said Friday that total nonfarm jobs declined 5,300 for the month.

The agency says jobs were down in seven of 11 categories.

The education and health services sector, and the government sector, each lost 6,400.

But state officials say two sectors reached record high employment levels — professional and business services with a gain of 6,700 jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 4,800.

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  The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities says it has reached a tentative contract agreement and is ending its walkout, now in a third day.

The strike had disrupted classes for over 100,000 students.

Professors walked off the job Wednesday after the union turned down what the university said was its last contract offer.

Union spokeswoman Kathryn Morton said Friday it had made concessions on salary and benefits in return for the university system withdrawing proposed contract changes faculty had opposed.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is heading to Pennsylvania for campaign stops on both ends of the state.

He's holding two rallies Friday — at 4 p.m. at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, and at 7:30 p.m. at the Newtown Athletic Club outside Philadelphia.

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Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey has hired what's believed to be the first full-time facility dog at a children's hospital in the state.

Just 30 children's hospitals across the nation utilize facility dogs, which are different than therapy dogs in that they demonstrate various procedures for kids such as how to lay on x-ray tables and sit still during tests.

The hospital's Child Life Program will be using Kaia, a golden retriever, to help calm patients and create a more positive environment.

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Elvis Costello is canceling his upcoming show in Pittsburgh in solidarity with striking Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians

In a statement, he says his Nov. 1 show at the Heinz Hall cannot go on because he is unwilling to cross the picket line. 

He asks his fans for their understanding and to "support live music wherever it is heard.'' 

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Penn State's former president says he issued a statement calling criminal charges against two of his lieutenants groundless because he'd known and worked closely for them for 16 years.

Graham Spanier testified Thursday in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against the university by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

Spanier compared former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director

Tim Curley to Boy Scouts, saying they had a history of being completely straightforward with him.

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The former attorney general of Pennsylvania says she's been "humbled and embarrassed" by her perjury conviction and hopes to avoid jail time so she can raise her children.

Kathleen Kane is being sentenced Monday for leaking grand jury documents and lying about it under oath.

Defense lawyers say in court papers Tuesday that the fall from grace has been painful for Kane.

Prosecutors say the first-term Democrat disgraced the office by plotting revenge on rivals and blaming others for the leak.

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The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its faculty union have agreed to a media blackout while they try to negotiate a contract before Wednesday's strike deadline.

The state system and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties jointly announced the blackout on Saturday.

Both sides say they're hopeful that minimizing distractions will help them reach a new deal.

The union says about 5,500 faculty and coaches at 14 state-owned universities will strike Wednesday at 5 a.m. if they don't reach a deal.

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The first debate is set of a hotly contested Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race that could decide whether the GOP hangs onto its Senate majority.

Republican incumbent Pat Toomey will square off against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty today.

The hour-long debate will be taped at 1 p.m. at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh and broadcast at 7 p.m.

It will be made available to stations in other media markets across the state.

Differences over national security, tax policy, gun rights, abortion and immigration are prominent issues in the race.

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The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and other groups are trying to scare pedestrians straight off their cellphones.

The new "Look Alive" safety campaign features actors dressed as the Grim Reaper and zombies who will tell people to look up from their cellphones if they're seen walking and texting. A special computer program will also be used to flash safety messages to cellphone users who are on certain web browsers while they walk.

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The U.S. Senate's most moderate female Republican is helping Sen. Pat Toomey make an appeal to suburban Philadelphia women, a voting bloc crucial in the close Pennsylvania race.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins held up Toomey on Tuesday as an independent thinker who's made extraordinary efforts to break partisanship.

Toomey is one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans. He's being challenged by Democrat Katie McGinty.

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A western Pennsylvania school district is ending classes early over concerns about more protesters arriving for Donald Trump's scheduled rally at its high school field house.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Ambridge Area High School before he travels to northeastern Pennsylvania for a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre at 7 p.m.

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Bill Cosby's lawyers say his Pennsylvania sexual assault case followed "a perfect storm" of mistakes and misconduct by a federal judge, an ambitious prosecutor and a celebrity lawyer.

They argue in a filing Thursday that the 79-year-old Cosby can't properly defend the decade-old accusation when key witnesses have died and evidence has been lost.

Cosby is set for trial in June on charges he drugged and molested a Temple University employee in 2004. He calls their encounter consensual.

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A judge has ordered the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to pay a former worker more than $3 million after finding he was wrongly fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on agency practices.

Ralph Bailets sued the turnpike commission and two of its officials over his 2008 termination. He says he was dismissed for questioning a major computer contract, hiring practices and how large trucking firms qualify for E-ZPass discounts.

Prosecutors in 2013 used his testimony to file corruption charges against several agency officials.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's rating from the National Rifle Association has dropped after the Pennsylvania Republican went against gun-rights groups and voted to support expanded background checks.

Toomey's new C-rating is a downgrade from the A-rating and hearty endorsement the NRA gave him when he last ran in 2010.

Toomey is being challenged by Democrat Katie McGinty, who favors a broad range of gun-control measures and has drawn an F-rating from the NRA. The neck-and-neck race could help decide control of the Senate.

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Dozens of workers at the Pennsylvania plant that makes marshmallow Peeps are back on the picket line after learning they permanently lost their jobs during the three-week strike.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports most of the 400 employees at Just Born Quality Confections went back to their jobs Monday, ending the walkout.

Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 6 offered to continue working under an expired contract and the company agreed.

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Three transgender seniors at Pine-Richland high school have sued the district for changing its rules about which restrooms they must use. They are being represented by Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization that focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

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A farewell to the King turned somber when Jack Nicklaus, his voice cracking as a large tear formed in his left eye, urged the elite and the everyman to remember how Arnold Palmer touched their lives and "please don't forget why."

"I hurt like you hurt," Nicklaus said. "You don't lose a friend of 60 years and don't feel an enormous loss."

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced their arena naming rights are shifting from Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena.

PPG and the team say the new deal covers 20 years, although they didn't disclose financial terms. Though, the previous naming rights agreement with Consol was reportedly worth $2 million per year

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The University of Pennsylvania has become the latest college sued by a student fearing expulsion over what he calls an unfounded sexual-assault complaint. 

The lawsuit says the Ivy League school in Philadelphia could expel him if it concludes he had sex with a fellow senior without her permission.

The accused student calls the sex consensual. 

Federal guidelines instruct schools to hold students responsible if there's more evidence than not that an assault occurred. 

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians are on strike after unanimously rejecting calls for a 15 percent pay cut, changes to their pension plan and staffing cuts they say management is proposing.

Management says the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is more than $20 million in debt, leading them to ask musicians to take the pay cut that prompted a strike. Union members also are balking at pension changes and unspecified staffing cuts they say management proposed.

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The Bethlehem company that makes marshmallow Peeps as well as Mike and Ike candies has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a workers' strike is illegal. 

Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 6 workers walked off the job September 7. 

The lawsuit filed by Just Born Quality Confections says that violates a no-strike provision of a contract that expired June 18.

The company says the no-strike clause was still in effect until Sept. 18 under a contract extension. 

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Penn State is dedicating an entire course this fall to one person: Donald Trump. 

The one-credit course called "Trump" allows students to meet for two hours a week to analyze the Republican presidential nominee's campaign, the democratic process and previous presidential candidates. 

The director of the university's McCourtney Institute for Democracy says the Republican is generating a great deal of support through unorthodox means and is discussing issues that raise questions about democratic politics. 

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to hold a rally in central Pennsylvania on Saturday.

His campaign website says it will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex near Manheim, in Lancaster County.

Doors open at 3:00 p.m.  

His running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is holding a rally in York, this afternoon. 

Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama campaigned in Pennsylvania this week for Hillary Clinton.


The Plum Borough school board has reinstated its superintendent after a law firm found administrators looked into reports and rumors that teachers were having sex with students.

The Levin Legal Group says administrators investigated reports of inappropriate contact and found insufficient evidence to fire Plum Borough School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool.

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A Pennsylvania congressman helped save the life of a man found unconscious in a Washington, D.C. office building. 

Republican Tim Murphy of Allegheny County helped the man Wednesday. 

Murphy and staffers were waiting for an elevator in the Rayburn House Office Building when it opened and a mail clerk was on the floor with a head wound suffered when he collapsed and fell.  

He performed CPR while others found a defibrillator, which a Capitol police officer used.

The man's breathing and pulse were restored.