Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BRIEFLY [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BRIEFLY [Derived Headline]

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WOLF VISITING OVAL OFFICE

WASHINGTON - Tom Wolf isn't even in the governor's office yet, but today he was visiting the Oval Office.

The Pennsylvania Democrat is part of a small group of governors- elected President Barack Obama invited to the White House to talk about the economy - and Mr. Wolf has plenty to say.

Mostly, he wants the president to recognize that Pennsylvania plays a key role in the national economy. Virtually all goods transported across the country end up traveling through the state's three ports, over its railways, or along its highways.

"Pennsylvania is a place worthy of a lot of attention when it comes to economic development. I look at Pennsylvania as a place of immense opportunity. We've got world-class cities, open spaces, top universities and three ports all ready to be taken advantage of," Mr. Wolf said in an interview this morning.

"I'm not going to be modest about our virtues," he said. "That's not just 'rah-rah' cheer. We really have something."

He wants to fill his cabinet with advisers who believe that, too. Their initial focus, he said, will be on funding education, improving transportation and increasing manufacturing capacity.

His administration will be challenged with a $2 billion deficit that predecessor Tom Corbett's administration confirmed this week, attributing it to one-time fixes.

Mr. Wolf said the figure is concerning but not surprising, given his own advisers' analysis.

"I'm adequately scared," he said. "But I have an objective view of where we are."

LAW FIRM'S WORKER SENTENCED

A former secretary-bookkeeper at a Latrobe law firm who systematically embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the firm for more than a decade will spend the next two years in federal prison for income tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed that term this morning on Debra Feather, 64, of Latrobe, who worked at McDonald Snyder & Lightcap for four decades until her theft was discovered in 2010.

She pleaded guilty in August to failure to pay taxes on at least $150,000 she stole from 2007 to 2010, although the law firm said the total amount missing from 1998 to 2010 was about $300,000. Federal prosecutors said she used the money to pay off credit card bills and other personal expenses.

The scheme was uncovered in July 2010 when Feather couldn't make it to work to write payroll checks because she'd broken her leg and was in traction at home, Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Dillon said at her plea hearing.

One of the partners at the firm then completed the payroll and discovered the missing money. A suit by the firm against Feather to recover some of the stolen money is pending in state court.

BUS ROUTES ADDED TO REAL-TIME TRACKING

Port Authority added 21 bus routes to its real-time tracking system for riders today, virtually completing implementation of the technology. …

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