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TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed legislation that would have made it more difficult for the state's governor to end a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania. The Democratic governor rejected the measure Monday. It would have required a separate law to be enacted to terminate the reciprocity deal. Under the current 1977 agreement, the governor can leave the deal at the start of the calendar year with 120 days' notice. By Mike Catalini. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 400 words by 5 p.m. EDT.


YORK — Authorities have released the name of a theft suspect killed in a shootout with state police at a central Pennsylvania motel over the weekend.



MEADVILLE — As spectators approached the grandstand at the Crawford County Fair, they were greeted by the unmistakable — and inescapable — high-pitched buzz of a chain saw biting into wood. The message needed no interpretation: "Don't try this at home," the whine of the Makita 5600 seemed to scream. Immediately in front of the grandstand, a line of 10 limbless trees rose more than 20 feet into the sky. Black diamond-shaped targets topped the trees like enormous spearheads. The makeshift palisade contributed to an almost medieval atmosphere despite the song of the two-cycle engine that reverberated off the metal stands. The event, a first at the Crawford County Fair, was a western Pennsylvania regional competition in Soren Eriksson's Game of Logging, a chain saw safety and productivity training program. Mike Crowley, Meadville Tribune.


AX MURDER-SUICIDE — State police say a man killed his wife with an axe in their northeastern Pennsylvania home and then stabbed himself to death over the weekend.

SPORTS BETTING-PENNSYLVANIA — A second casino owner in Pennsylvania wants to offer sports betting, now that it's cleared it to begin in the state.

TODDLERS LEFT HOME ALONE —Authorities say a Pennsylvania mom left four toddlers alone in a mostly empty home for several hours.

FATAL SHOOTING — Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting that killed a 34-year-old man.

MCCAIN-PENNSYLVANIA — Flags at Pennsylvania state government buildings and grounds are flying at half-staff to honor Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died of brain cancer over the weekend.



PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Strasburg (6-7) starts for the Nationals and Zach Eflin (9-4) pitches for the Phillies in the opener of a three-game series. By Rob Maaddi.


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