Wolf doesn’t plan state rescue funds for oil refinery

Pennsylvania’s governor says his administration doesn’t plan to spend any state money to help restart a massive Philadelphia refinery shut down since explosions and a blaze damaged it last month.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that his administration is analyzing whether the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex can be restarted. The administration says barriers to restore operation include the fire damage, safety and contamination concerns as well as competition from more modern refineries.

The company has notified the state it plans to shut down the plant and lay off more than 1,000 workers. The 150-year-old site, the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, had been processing 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily into gasoline, jet fuel, propane, home heating oil and other products.

Judge agrees to trial delay in hate-crime slaying

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A judge has granted a delay in the trial of a white man charged with murder and a hate crime in a Black student’s fatal stabbing.

The Washington Post reported a Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge granted the delay Thursday, 11 days before the trial of 24-year-old Sean Urbanski was scheduled to begin.

Defense attorneys sought the delay, saying in a June 28 court filing that their expert in digital forensic examination needs more time to analyze material from Urbanski’s cellphone. County prosecutors opposed the delay in the trial, which is now scheduled to start on Dec. 9.

Urbanski is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the May 2017 stabbing death of 23-year-old Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student who visiting was with friend at the University of Maryland.

Pennsylvania plans more mini-casino licenses

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania will try anew in September to award more licenses for mini-casinos, part of an aggressive gambling expansion authorized in 2017 by a cash-hungry state government.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved a motion to restart the auctions on Sept. 4, under orders by a provision slipped into a budget-related bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf late last month.

The original law authorized 10 mini-casino licenses that allow the holder to operate up to 750 slot machines and up to 40 table games. The first five auctions raised $127 million, and the first mini-casino, Hollywood Casino Morgantown, is expected to open next year near Reading.

The gaming board stopped the auctions in last April after it received no bids for a sixth license.

Minimum bids are $7.5 million and the auctions are limited to owners of state’s 12 larger casinos and a 13th under construction in Philadelphia.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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