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

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The pharmaceutical giant Merck & Company is cutting 600 jobs in suburban Philadelphia. Spokesman Steven Cragle says the cuts mostly involve salespeople who call on family physicians and medical facilities. The jobs are based in North Wales and Lansdale, Montgomery County. Merck is one of the largest employers in the Philadelphia suburbs. The company has announced plans to cut more than 10 percent of its 8,500-person workforce.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia are still hunting for a pair of carjackers who rammed a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings. A hospital spokeswoman says the children's 34-year-old mother remains in critical condition today at Temple University Hospital. The slain children were 7, 10 and 15. Police say the two suspects fled on foot after crashing the stolen car yesterday morning at a North Philadelphia intersection.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he'd look to increase income taxes on Pennsylvania's higher earners to expand the state's share of public education funding. In an interview with a panel of Associated Press reporters and editors, Wolf says he'd tie the increase to a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards. Wolf is challenging Republican Governor Tom Corbett in the November 4th election.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno writes in a new book that his father said he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky might be a child molester because he wasn't sure whether they were true. Jay Paterno writes in "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father" that Joe Paterno said he didn't want to accuse somebody of something he didn't witness or know as fact. He says he had the conversation with his father the day after Joe Paterno was fired.

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