Today's News - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A deadly crash early yesterday in Jackson Township, Cambria County. The coroner's office says 21-year-old Ryan Kinley of Mineral Point was killed when his car crashed into a tree along Adams Avenue. Kinley's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. Speed was also a factor.

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An Everett man died Monday while working at a construction site in Ursina, Somerset County. Authorities say 32-year-old Jared Ritchey was pinned beneath a large concrete manhole form that became dislodged while a crew was working on it. Co-workers freed Ritchey, but were unable to revive him. An investigation is underway.

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According to “The Tribune-Democrat,” last night, around 70 supporters of Shade-Central City’s music program gathered in a pep rally-style protest, complete with instruments, but the effort did not sway school board members to re-vote on their decision to drop part of the program. School board members say cutting music education at the school will save $200,000, but students and parents are worried that this step is the first of what will eventually drop all music-related events and extra-curriculars in the district.

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The preliminary hearing for 16-year-old Alex Hribal has been postponed until June 4. He’s accused of wounding 20 students and a security guard during a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in April. His attorney requested the second delay. Hribal is being charged as an adult but his lawyer says he will ask for the charges to be moved to juvenile court.

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Congressman Trey Gowdy will head a new select committee investigating Benghazi. The South Carolina Republican was tapped by House Speaker John Boehner. Gowdy and other Republicans have accused the Obama administration of obstructing House efforts to investigate the deadly 2012 terror attack.

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President Obama marks Cinco de Mayo with a message about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform. Last night he urged guests at a White House reception celebrating the Mexican holiday to fight for immigration reform legislation.

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Today is the one-year anniversary of the rescue of three missing Cleveland women after a decade in captivity. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus released statements last night thanking the community for their support. Michelle Knight has gone on NBC's "Today" show to say she forgives their captor Ariel Castro.

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Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean will replace Condoleezza Rice as Rutgers University's commencement speaker on May 18th. Rice withdrew after protests by students and staff over her involvement in Bush administration policies, including the Iraq war.

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The victim in a shooting at a Georgia college is in critical condition. Police in Augusta say a student at Paine College was shot in the head Monday while inside a building on the school's campus. Another student has been taken into custody after being found in a dorm room.

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The White House is releasing a new report today that says climate change is already hurting the nation's environment. The National Climate Assessment also warns of more global warming to come, raising new concerns about its potential impact on public health. 

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A Texas judge is recusing herself from a child rape case after handing down what many view as an inappropriately light sentence. State District Judge Jeanine Howard gave the confessed rapist five years probation at sentencing last week. Howard later told the "Dallas Morning News" that the 14-year-old who was assaulted had multiple sexual partners and "wasn't the victim she claimed to be.”

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A diver is dead after searching for victims in the South Korean ferry disaster. Government emergency officials say the man lost radio contact five minutes after diving into the water to fix some guideline ropes on the sunken ferry. The ferry sank April 16 off the southwest coast of South Korea with over 470 people on board.

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The head of the American Legion is calling for Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign immediately. The legion's National Commander Daniel Dellinger said Monday that while Shinseki served his country well in the military, what he has done as VA secretary is uncalled for. This comes after reports about veterans hospitals delaying care for ailing patients.

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The Confederate flag can no longer be sold or displayed in state buildings in California. KCRA TV reports the state Assembly approved the ban Monday on a 72-to-1 vote. The only opposition came from Republican Tim Donnelly who said the bill silences free speech.

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A payday lending company worth millions is under investigation. A federal grand jury in New York has issued a subpoena against AMG Services out of Kansas. The grand jury is looking into possible violations of a statute covering wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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A town in Newfoundland is hoping to cash in on a dead whale that washed ashore last week. "The Western Star" reports the Town of Cape St. George is selling the carcass of a 40-foot-long sperm whale on the online auction website eBay.

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The NBA and apparel maker adidas are now selling shirts with the phrase "We Are One." The slogan first appeared on the Los Angeles Clippers' website last week after owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the league for making racist remarks against African-Americans

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Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, and Lionel Richie are getting attention for their recent country collaborations. Classic hits they sang with country stars are among the nominees for the upcoming CMT Music Awards. Nicks has a nod for her "CMT Crossroads" performance of "Rhiannon" with Lady Antebellum. Young's rendition of "Long May You Run" with Willie Nelson at Willie's 80th birthday concert special is also in the running.

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South Dakota is the best state in the nation in which to retire. That's according to a Bankrate.com study that considered the cost of living, crime rate, healthcare quality and weather, along with other factors. Colorado placed second and Utah placed third.

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