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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A PennDOT contractor and inspector are free on bail after being arraigned on criminal charges in the theft of $3.6 million in taxpayers' money. Prosecutors said today that 62-year-old Thanh Nguyen (pron. UWEN) of King of Prussia falsified documents, laundered money and bribed a PennDOT-contracted inspector to steal public funds for herbicide spraying, litter cleanup and other maintenance of state highways and bridges.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two executives at a Philadelphia organization serving the homeless are accused of stealing $350,000 and using the money for personal expenses ranging from the purchase of shoes and the renting of a Hummer to a trip to Disney World. The U.S. Attorney's office announced the indictments today of 38-year-old Erica Brown of Glenolden and 62-year-old Nathaniel Robinson of Philadelphia. The two were top executives at SELF Inc., which received federal money to help the needy.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican majority leaders are scrapping plans for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to meet next week to act on legislation authorizing a cigarette sales tax in Philadelphia so its schools have enough money to open in September. Speaker Sam Smith and Majority Leader Mike Turzai said in a statement today that House members failed to reach a consensus so they won't take up the matter until they reconvene in mid-September.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state senator who is charging a nearly $5,000 trip to taxpayers to see how Colorado is dealing with marijuana's legalization says it's home to a high-tech, high-paid industry and isn't a state full of "stoners." Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County wrote an editorial this week about his three-day trip last weekend with three staff aides. Leach is perhaps the Pennsylvania Legislature's foremost proponent of legalizing marijuana.

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