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Ex-school bus driver jailed on charges of sex with student

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — A former central Pennsylvania school bus driver has been jailed on charges of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student.

The Centre Daily Times reports 25-year-old Matthew Dunlap, was arraigned on statutory sexual assault and other charges from his tenure in the State College Area School District. He was fired by Long Motor Buses, the district’s bus provider.

State College police say a high school resource officer received complaints in September that the Port Matilda man was behaving inappropriately with several students. That evolved into reports that Dunlap spoke with the student almost daily at a bus stop, even though she didn’t ride his bus.

That girl eventually told police she and Dunlap had sex and traded nude photographs.

Dunlap’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday.

Pennsylvania government goes deeper in debt to treasury

HARRISBURG (AP) — The deficit-strapped Pennsylvania state government is going deeper into debt to the state treasury.

The state Treasury Department said Wednesday it’s providing another $600 million to keep the state from overdrawing its main bank account. That puts Pennsylvania $2.2 billion in debt to the treasury as it draws money on a credit line until more tax collections flow in.

The treasury’s 0.75 percent-interest credit line must be repaid by June 30.

Pennsylvania’s tax collections are lagging expectations four months into the fiscal year. The state is facing a projected $1.7 billion deficit next year, and the potential that human services programs are also underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars this year.

This is the seventh time since the recession the Treasury Department has provided such assistance.

Former PSU coach McQueary cited for hunting violation

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — A former Penn State football assistant coach who just won a multimillion-dollar verdict over his treatment after fellow assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested in a child molestation case has pleaded guilty to a hunting violation.

Online court records show Mike McQueary pleaded guilty Wednesday to using bait and paid $200 in fines and fees.

WJAC-TV says the Game Commission cited McQueary for using corn to attract deer to a tree stand while archery hunting in Centre County.

McQueary was cited days after a jury awarded him $7.3 million in a defamation case against the university. He testified he saw Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower 15 years ago and reported it to university officials. He said he was made to look like a liar.

Sandusky was convicted but maintains he’s innocent.

Wolf says jobless centers will

close over funding shortfall

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says workers will be laid off and some of the eight unemployment compensation call centers will close after the Senate adjourned without providing sufficient funding.

The Senate ended its two-year session Wednesday without voting on legislation the administration sought to pump $57.5 million into the system next year.

The Democratic governor calls the Republican-controlled Senate’s inaction “incredibly disappointing and frustrating .”

The Legislature authorized a four-year funding bill in 2013 after federal officials accused Pennsylvania of failing to pay first-time unemployment benefits in a timely manner.

A Senate GOP spokeswoman says the 2013 bill wasn’t meant to be an unlimited funding program and the administration needed to plan for changes to the system.

She says the bill can come up again next year.

Lawsuit over township’s rejection of mosque to move forward

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against a Bucks County township for refusing to allow the construction of a mosque can move forward.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a request to dismiss the federal suit by Bensalem Township was denied Monday by Judge Michael Baylson.

Muslim group Bensalem Masjid applied for a permit to build a mosque in the municipality in 2014 that was ultimately denied.

The lawsuit, filed by the Justice Department in July, argues that the township’s denial constituted religious discrimination.

Bensalem officials say the township has no bias against any religious groups. They contend that the application was denied solely because Bensalem Masjid didn’t make a proper case to the zoning board when proposing the mosque.