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WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two people have been sentenced to decades in prison after pleading guilty in the slaying of a young mother near Pittsburgh that authorities said was part of a scheme to rob her of her tax refund.

Every city in Pennsylvania other than Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton is grouped into a designation known as “third-class” cities. There are 53 cities that fall into that designation, and for those that don’t have home rule charters, local officials say they are finding increasingly that property taxes are not sufficient to fund the operations of local government.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association are staking out opposing positions in a case to determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect.