AP: Corbett will sign, and Education grades delayed


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Amid Pennsylvania’s stalled debate over how to raise more money for highway funding, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says Gov. Tom Corbett would sign either a plan that passed the Senate or one that passed the House Transportation Committee. Schoch said Friday there will be plenty of blame to go around if no progress is made soon.


Schoch warns that more bridges may get weight restrictions in the coming months and that damage to the state’s economy is growing. A spokesman for the fractured House Republican majority says floor votes are possible on amendments to both bills in the next week or two. A spokesman for the House Democratic minority says the caucus hasn’t been asked by Republicans to join talks to help find common ground.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania education officials are delaying the release of performance scores for all 3,200 traditional, charter, cyber and technical schools following complaints about technical errors that resulted in many tests not being properly counted. Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said Friday that the performance scores would be released four days late, on Oct. 4, instead of Monday.


Even then, some performance scores are likely to be incomplete. Eller says schools have until 5 p.m. Monday to let the department know if they would like to suppress questionable data until corrections are made. Until then, Eller says the agency will compute a rating using available data and issue a revised rating later. The problem involves the Keystone tests, which were given for the first time statewide in 2012-13.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – A 40-foot tall yellow rubber duck has arrived in Pittsburgh to open an arts festival. The duck is the idea of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. A downtown bridge has been closed to vehicles and is filled with parents, children, and vendors for a welcome party. Various versions of the duck have made a splash in harbors from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo since 2007.


The duck’s arrival marks the start of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. The duck will be moored near Pittsburgh’s two major league sports stadiums until late October. Each city builds its own duck, and the whole project includes massive pontoons, crews to inflate and deflate the duck, and in Pittsburgh, alerting the Coast Guard to the unusual maritime creation.


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