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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A California state survey has found that the Pennsylvania governor’s salary was the nation’s highest in 2012, although a spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett points out that he doesn’t accept the entire salary. The Los Angeles Times reports that the survey will be used by the California Citizens Compensation Commission when it meets Thursday to begin deciding whether to raise the pay of California state officials. The survey found that the Pennsylvania governor’s salary of more than $183,000 in 2012 bested that of other governors. Under Pennsylvania law, the governor gets an increase every year that’s tied to inflation. This year, the salary is more than $187,000, but Corbett spokesman Dan Egan says the governor has declined three straight annual increases, making his real pay just under $175,000.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of the Department of Public Welfare says the state can’t afford a legislative proposal to change its name to the Department of Human Services. Bev Mackereth said Tuesday that the cost to the agency would be about $8 million. If it wasn’t for the price tag, Mackereth says she’d be in favor of it. Rep. Thomas Murt introduced the bill. The House Republican from suburban Philadelphia says it would “remove the stigma often associated with public assistance and welfare” and reflect the department’s range of services. A legislative committee is expected to take up Murt’s bill on Wednesday. Mackereth gave a brief presentation Tuesday to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett named her last month to head the agency following Gary Alexander’s departure.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Former Pennsylvania environmental protection secretary Kathleen McGinty says she’s seriously considering running for governor. McGinty told The Associated Press on Tuesday she’ll take a leave from her job as an executive with West Chester-based Weston Solutions to concentrate full-time on the prospective campaign. The 49-year-old Democrat has filed papers to form a political action committee called “New Jobs, Bright Future PA” so she can raise money. That was first reported the online news agency PoliticsPA. McGinty, who headed the Department of Environmental Protection for five years under Gov. Ed Rendell, joins more than half-dozen other Democrats who are considering running or already in the race. The Delaware County resident calls herself “a centrist, pro-jobs, pro-growth, and pro-environment” candidate. She says she’s considering running because she’s “intensely passionate about Pennsylvania’s future.”

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania House is trying to end so-called “triple dipping” where retirees come back to work and then leave to collect unemployment benefits. State lawmakers voted unanimously Tuesday to send the Senate a bill that would prohibit jobless benefits for people who are getting pensions but come back to work, then leave and get benefits. The bill is aimed particularly at state workers who come back from retirement for no more than 95 days. Because the state makes them leave after 95 days or lose their pension, they’re currently eligible for unemployment compensation. The prime sponsor, Juniata County state Rep. Adam Harris, says that in 2011, 239 state retirees collected more than $1.1 million in benefits after coming back to work for a few months and then retiring again.

 

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

 

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NEW YORK (AP) – The latest twists in Europe’s debt drama weighed down the stock market Tuesday, offsetting more good news on the U.S. housing market. The Dow Jones industrial average managed a gain of just four points, while other indexes closed slightly lower. Investors were focused on Cyprus, where the Mediterranean country’s lawmakers vote against a proposed bailout plan for banks that would have called for raiding the savings accounts of ordinary citizens, setting a precedent in Europe’s ongoing debt crisis. The vote happened 90 minutes before U.S. markets closed, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow rose 4 points to close at 14,456. The S&P 500 dropped 4 points to 1,548 and the Nasdaq fell 8 1/2 points to 3,229.

 

BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Cypriot lawmakers rejected a tax on bank deposits that would have partly funded an emergency bailout to save the country from financial collapse. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.9 percent to 22,234.37. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.4 percent to 1,970.57. Australia’s stock market was dragged lower by mining shares. The S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.3 percent to 4,972.50. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Indonesia, and Singapore also fell. Mainland Chinese shares and New Zealand rose. Stock markets in Japan were closed for a public holiday.

 

BANGKOK (AP) – The price of oil rose as energy markets set aside worries about a financial crisis in Cyprus after the release of strong U.S. housing data. Benchmark oil for April delivery was up 20 cents to $92.36 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.58 to finish at $92.16 on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, rose 52 cents to $107.97 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

 

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

 

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PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona lawmakers want to prohibit anyone not associated with their birth gender from using public restrooms, showers, and dressing rooms in the nation’s latest tussle over equal rights for transgender people. The proposal comes less than a month after the city of Phoenix passed a human rights ordinance prohibiting gender identity discrimination in public accommodations. That measure and the proposed Arizona law represent opposite sides of a growing national debate over equal access to public restrooms for transgender people. In Arizona, Republican Rep. John Kavanagh wants to make it a misdemeanor for a person to use a public facility associated with a gender other than what’s on his or her birth certificate. National transgender advocates say Arizona’s proposed law would be the toughest standard in the nation if it passes.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The sponsor of a proposed assault weapons ban says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told her that the ban will not be part of the initial gun control measure the Senate will debate next month. California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says that instead of being included in the measure, the ban will be offered as an amendment. The decision, which was expected, means that the ban seems to stand little chance of surviving because of expected solid opposition from Republicans and likely defections from some moderate Democrats. The ban was one of four gun control measures approved this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The others would expand required federal background checks for firearms buyers, increase federal penalties for illegal gun trafficking and boost school safety money.

 

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has urged princes, presidents, sheikhs and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass to join him in protecting God’s creation and the weakest and the poorest of the world. He officially began his ministry as the 266th pope before an estimated 200,000 people in St. Peter’s Square. Francis was interrupted by applause several times during his homily, including when he spoke of the need to protect the environment and serve one another with love and tenderness and not allow “omens of destruction,” hatred, envy and pride to “defile our lives.” Francis said the pope “must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.” Vice President Joe Biden’s office says he and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi both took Communion at the Mass

 

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

 

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Editors: Not all schedules may be available at the time this fixture is prepared. Check your sports queue for a fixture slugged “Time Schedule” if you don’t find the events you need listed here.

 

SPRING TRAINING

Tuesday’s Games

Philadelphia 4, N.Y. Yankees 1

Toronto 10, Houston 6

St. Louis 5, Miami 4

Tampa Bay 11, Detroit 5

Baltimore 8, Boston 7

L.A. Dodgers 7, Oakland 1

Cincinnati 10, Chicago White Sox 6

Chicago Cubs 5, Texas 4

Milwaukee 6, L.A. Angels 1

Colorado 7, Kansas City 2

San Diego 6, Arizona 2

Seattle 6, San Francisco 3

Wednesday’s Games

Boston vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco (ss) vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. San Francisco (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

 

NBA

Tuesday’s Games

Indiana 95, Orlando 73

Denver 114, Oklahoma City 104

Milwaukee 102, Portland 95

Sacramento 116, L.A. Clippers 101

Wednesday’s Games

Miami at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Orlando at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Utah at Houston, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Boston at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Golden State at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Washington at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

 

NHL

Tuesday’s Games

N.Y. Rangers 3, New Jersey 2

Ottawa 5, N.Y. Islanders 3

Florida 4, Carolina 1

Columbus 4, Nashville 3

Buffalo 3, Montreal 2, OT

Pittsburgh 2, Washington 1

Winnipeg 3, Boston 1

Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2

Los Angeles 3, Phoenix 2

Wednesday’s Games

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

San Jose at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

Chicago at Anaheim, 10 p.m.