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Oct 30, 8:35 AM EDT

5 things to know for Thursday in Pennsylvania


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

PHILADELPHIA-AREA DEMOCRAT EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY IN `BIRTHDAY PARTY' FUNDRAIDER

State Sen. Leanna Washington is charged with using her elected office for financial gain, including pressuring staff to organize an annual `birthday party' to raise political campaign funds.

HEARING TO DETERMINE IF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA COUPLE STAND TRIAL IN STARVATION DEATH OF DISABLED 9-YEAR-OLD SON

Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr. were charged two months ago when their son's decomposing body was found after police were called to their Harrisburg home.

WE'RE NO. 2

The American Gaming Association will present its research findings today in Philadelphia on the economic impact of the casino industry in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is now the country's No. 2 gambling market.

WE CAN'T HAVE THAT: FORMER GOV. ED RENDELL TAKES BLAME FOR FLAP OVER SONG THAT SUGGESTED AMERICA IS A `SUPERIOR NATION'

The music video was pulled before it could be played at last week's Liberty Medal program honoring Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who also won the Nobel Peace prize after she was shot by Taliban fighters for her efforts to push for female education in her homeland. The video, made by the 14-year-old daughter of a former Rendell campaign donor, was a song called "America" and included lyrics saying the U.S. is a place "where the kids are safe."

9-YEAR-OLD PENNSYLVANIA BOY FOUND ON SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND

Authorities say Billy Hanson of Hazleton was found on the tiny island country of Niue. The boy was visiting his father in Seattle when he disappeared. His father has been charged with international parental kidnapping.

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