HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate has dropped to its lowest figure since 2008 although officials say hiring remained flat. State labor officials say January's rate was 6.4 percent. Officials also revised downward December's unemployment rate, to 6. 8 percent.
POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Schuylkill County authorities are picking a jury starting today for the county's first inquest in more than a decade. The coroner's inquest is focused on the death a year ago of a county prison inmate. The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald reports authorities hope to determine whether Matthew Koncsler's death was a criminal act, negligence or from some other reason.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man has been jailed on charges he threatened to kill a psychiatric hospital's security guard. University of Pittsburgh police also tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Perry Bagley also told other employees at the clinic "no wonder people come in here and kill ya'all," -- an apparent reference to a fatal shooting there two years ago.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh artist Nickolay Lamm has designed a Barbie-like doll that is proportioned like normal people. Lamm has named the doll Lammily and tells WTAE-TV he used federal health statistics to create the computer model used to come up with the doll. He hopes to take his prototype into production by November.
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