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They'll continue to have in-network access to Magee Women's Hospital through the end of this year. Because of the dispute between Highmark and UPMC, Magee Women's is out of network for most Highmark customers.
The Office of Attorney General opened the current investigation in November 2013 following a referral from the Clinton County District Attorney’s office, which is the culmination of previous investigative efforts spanning almost 25 years.
Evidence was gathered by the Pennsylvania State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation and presented by the Office of Attorney General to a statewide investigating Grand Jury, which recommended the charges being filed today.
The Grand Jury found that co-workers Heckel and Groves began a brief romantic relationship during the summer of 1991. When Heckel informed Groves she wished to end their relationship, Groves murdered her following a loud and riotous fight at their place of employment, former colleagues recalled decades later.
According to the Grand Jury, Groves disposed of Heckel’s body in a manner that caused it never to be found.
The case will be heard in Clinton County.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Why were several snow shovelers in Montgomery County stopped?
Officials in Lower Merion are now investigating.
On Wednesday evening, Police Superintendent Mike McGrath stepped before cameras, saying that the stopping of the two snow shovelers yesterday and two others in the same neighborhood had nothing to do with racial profiling.
The two shovelers are African American, and the owner of the home who hired them, Deborah Saldana, had expressed concerns that police detaining them and telling them to sit for at least part of the time in the snow, in fact, was driven by their race.
“The police pulled up, started talking to the boys, and then sat them down in the snow,” recalls Saldana.
She says she was surprised to see the two young men she had just hired to shovel her walk sitting in the snow, ordered not to move by police officers, who had pulled up and started questioning them.
“I think this is just a little extreme. They’re shoveling snow in broad daylight,” Saldana says.
She also says that when the two young men asked to get up from the frozen ground, they were ordered to stay put.
“He had asked if he could stand up because it was cold, and they said, ‘No, you have to remain seated,’” Saldana explains.
When Saldana and her father tried to learn more, they were told to go back inside their home.
“They told [my father], ‘Sir, go back in, we’re conducting an investigation,’” she says.
Eventually, after what Saldana estimates was about 20 minutes, the two young men were released.
“They were shaken up, they were pretty shaken up,” Saldana says. “They were nervous.”
Saldana says the officers told her the young men had been detained because you need a $50 permit to shovel snow in Lower Merion.
“Why did the kids have to sit in the snow? Why didn’t they sit them in the police car, or on our front steps, for that matter?” Saldana wonders. “I thought I was watching profiling. I think it’s wrong, I just think it’s wrong. They weren’t dangerous. They had shovels in their hands.”
On Wednesday, the police superintendent denied any racial profiling. There is a soliciting ordinance in Lower Merion for snow shoveling or soliciting anything else. If you are an adult over 18, as these two were, the superintendent explains you need a permit.
The reason they were told to sit in the snow is that, momentarily, a background check indicated they may have had warrants issued for them. They did not, and they were not charged with anything.
McGrath says that in one case — this is one of two — the shovelers actually shook hands with the officers before leaving.
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord announced Thursday morning that he's stepping down.
McCord held the elected seat for six years. McCord's last day in February 12th.
McCord released this statement, "It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania as their elected State Treasurer for the past six years. But with my goals at Treasury now achieved - and with a new governor now in office to appoint my successor - it is time for me to return to the private sector."
During his time in office, McCord and his team: -repaired a severely underfunded PA 529 college savings plan, solving a $400 million problem (the program is now more than 100 percent funded); -dramatically improved operational efficiencies of the department, increasing revenues from non-investment activities per employee by 133 percent during his six years; -helped reduce the risk and increase the return on a variety of state investment portfolios; -modernized the state's information technology and payment systems with a large, award-winning project that came in 20 percent under budget; -dramatically expanded Treasury’s role as a fiscal watchdog (e.g., recently triumphing in a struggle with the NCAA to keep Penn State fine money in Pennsylvania); and -initiated and expanded a number of innovative Treasury programs that help Pennsylvanians save money, afford higher education, make their homes more energy efficient, and prepare for retirement.
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