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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation that critics say was fast-tracked and undermines some landowners’ negotiating rights when dealing with drilling companies. Corbett signed the bill without public comment Tuesday. In a letter to lawmakers, he says it’s his intention to enhance the efficiency of drilling for oil and gas while protecting the rights of landowners and leaseholders.


Industry group the Marcellus Shale Coalition supports the new law. However, a landowners group, the National Association of Royalty Owners, says many lawmakers didn’t understand the bill’s last-minute changes. The legislation means heirs to drilling leases signed decades ago for traditional, shallow vertical wells could be forced to allow deep Marcellus Shale natural gas wells that include underground horizontal bores extending out thousands of feet, even under neighbors’ properties.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The elected official tasked with defending Pennsylvania’s laws also supports same-sex marriage, but now Attorney General Kathleen Kane faces a decision about whether to defend a law that bans it. Kane, a Democrat, was scheduled to talk to reporters Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. So far, she’s been silent on a day-old legal challenge to the state law banning same-sex marriage.


Pennsylvania law says it’s her duty to defend the constitutionality of state laws. But it also says the attorney general may allow lawyers for the governor’s office or agencies to defend a lawsuit if it’s more efficient or in the state’s best interests. That means Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who opposes gay marriage, could end up defending the law. Corbett’s office isn’t commenting on whether he will.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A statement released by Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic says Daulton has glioblastoma. The American Brain Tumor Association calls that form of cancer “highly malignant.”


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