May 14, 2015

Good morning. Here’s the news you need to know.

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia: Amtrak crash, at least 7 dead and more than 200 wounded

An Amtrak train from Washington, D.C., to New York derailed and most of its cars rolled. The train was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed, twice the speed limit, and its black box is currently being analyzed.

Pittsburgh: Lawrenceville foundry causes concern

McConway & Torley, a 19th century steel foundry, is the subject of an emissions investigation by the Allegheny County Health Department. The agency wants to significantly limit the foundry’s production.

Harrisburg: Pension reform bill passes Senate

The Republican-sponsored bill aims to cut state employees’ benefits and require them to contribute more. The bill now heads to the House for approval.

Harrisburg: Hersheypark bans selfie-sticks

Out of concern for general safety, the theme park has deemed the use of selfie-sticks on all of its attractions to be grounds for removal from the premises.

NATIONAL

University of Virginia associate dean sues Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone’s exposé, “A Rape on Campus,” was retracted after it was found to contain serious flaws. Now, Nicole Eramo, one of its subjects and the University of Virginia’s associate dean of students, is suing the magazine for defamation.

Boston Marathon bomber to be sentenced

The jury in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial met Wednesday afternoon to deliberate his sentence. Tsarnaev faces 30 charges, 17 of which call for the death penalty.

Democrats oppose Obama’s trade bill

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats voted to block the president’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, believing that the bill poses harm to American jobs and the environment.

IN OTHER NEWS

Picasso sets world auction record

It’s not surprising that Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” sold for $179 million, well over its estimated $140 million value. This marks his third painting sold for more than $100 million.

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.