Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A third Republican state senator is breaking with conservatives and Gov. Tom Corbett to support an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports Sen. Lloyd Smucker told a town hall meeting Wednesday that the federal dollars accompanying the expansion would ease the burden on Lancaster General and other hospitals that treat the uninsured. Two other Republican senators publicly support it. They are Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Don White of Indiana County and Majority Policy Committee Chairman Edwin Erickson of Delaware County. Corbett isn’t embracing the expansion and says he’s concerned about the cost to Pennsylvania taxpayers. An expansion would mean an estimated $4 billion a year in federal money to subsidize health care for hundreds of thousands uninsured Pennsylvanians.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The names of more than 40 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are on a resolution that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a sitting state Supreme Court justice. The resolution, introduced Thursday, would authorize the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the conduct of Justice Joan Orie Melvin. The resolution’s sponsors include the Democratic and Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee, as well as a majority of the committee’s 25 members. Melvin awaits sentencing May 7 after being convicted last month in a case that centered on allegations she used taxpayer-paid state employees and resources to wage her political campaigns in 2003 and 2009 for the state’s highest court. The Republican justice is suspended without pay and also faces misconduct charges before the Court of Judicial Discipline.

 

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)

 

The Latest Business News

 

DOW: 14,499.80 -39.31

S&P 500: 1,562.72 -0.51

NASDAQ: 3,253.67 -5.26

 

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)

 

Features & Entertainment

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Now that Curtis Finch has been sent home, the remaining nine contestants on “American Idol” are starting to rehearse songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for next week’s episode. That same night, we’ll find out if Charlie Askew or Aubrey Cleland will get to go on tour with the top ten. On Thursday, last season’s runner-up Jessica Sanchez will sing a duet with Ne-Yo. Then, another finalist will be voted out.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – For the second year in a row, Oprah Winfrey tops the Forbes list of most influential celebrities. Nearly half the people surveyed rated Winfrey as influential. One point behind her is Steven Spielberg. Martin Scorsese is third, followed by Ron Howard and George Lucas. The rest of the top ten are Dr. Oz, Barbara Walters, Bono, Suze Orman, and Clint Eastwood. Michael Fox falls from number two to number 13.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The magician he plays in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” has plenty of magical moments. It’s his job. However, Carell has a magical moment that he’ll always remember. It was on his wedding day. He was standing at the altar waiting for his bride, Nancy, to arrive and he was so nervous he was sweating like crazy. However, once Nancy started walking down the aisle toward him, he says he was “overwhelmed with this sense of calm and happiness.” He says he “stopped sweating immediately.” He says it was “a moment of such clarity” that he knew the wedding was “exactly the right thing to do.” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opened today.

 

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)