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News Minute: Here is the latest Pennsylvania news from The Associated Press

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two days of public hearings have gotten underway in downtown Pittsburgh on proposed stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants. The hearing prompted a rally yesterday that drew more than 2,000 coal industry workers and supporters, including Governor Tom Corbett.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State House Republican leaders aren't sure they will return to session next week to vote on allowing Philadelphia to tax cigarettes to fund its school system. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports some anti-tax lawmakers are reluctant to vote on a new tax while other lawmakers are on vacations they can't or won't interrupt.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled a jury should decide whether Bethlehem's school district was responsible for a student's 2010 death after swimming in a gym class. A lawsuit contends Juanya Spady died of delayed drowning stemming from the chlorine in the pool and says staffers should have been trained to respond to the danger.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith despite the threat of a death sentence is flying into Philadelphia today. Meriam Ibrahim's husband had previously lived in New Hampshire and that is where the family plans to make their new home. Sudan initially blocked her from leaving the country even after a court overturned her death sentence.

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