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Pa. OKs ‘purple paint’ law to warn trespassers

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania will allow landowners to legally notify hunters and others that they’re trespassing by painting purple stripes on trees or posts.

The bill signed Wednes­- day by Gov. Tom Wolf is designed to ease a landowners’ task of posting “no trespassing” signs that deteriorate over time. It takes effect in 60 days.

The purple stripes must be vertical lines at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide. They must be 3 to 5 feet off the ground, readily visible to a person approaching the property and no more than 100 feet apart.

The law applies everywhere, except in Philadelphia and Allegheny County.

Personal finance courses get boost in schools

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania will require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill this week and it will take effect in the 2020-21 school year.

Under the new requirement, a student who successfully completes a high school course in personal finance will be allowed to apply up to one credit to satisfy social studies, math, business education or family and consumer science requirements for graduation.

Advocates say personal finance courses should be encouraged to help high schoolers learn to make wise financial choices.

Thief drives off with SUV – and Thanksgiving dinner

PHILIPSBURG, Pa. — Police say a sport utility vehicle was stolen from a central Pennsylvania home on Thanksgiving Day — with a Thanksgiving meal inside — but was later recovered.

State police in Clearfield say the theft happened shortly before noon Thursday at a Morris Township home.

Police say a 60-year-old Philipsburg woman had the black 2008 Dodge Nitro warming up in the driveway and was “in the process of loading their Thanksgiving meal into the vehicle.”

They say she was going back out to the vehicle and found it was no longer there, but spotted it being driven away.

Police said Thursday night that the vehicle had been recovered and returned to the owner, and a suspect was taken to the county jail.

Crime of sexual extortion created in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is creating the criminal offense of sexual extortion to help combat what authorities say is a growing crime targeting children.

The legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf takes effect in two months.

The law makes it a third-degree felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison, if the victim is under 18 or the perpetrator has shown a pattern of engaging in sexual extortion.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ted Nesbit of Grove City, says Pennsylvania law didn’t adequately cover the crime and the legislation helps Pennsylvania keep pace in a digital age that facilitates sexual extortion.

The law defines sexual extortion as using a threat of some type of coerce a victim into a sex act, simulate a sex act, undress or make a video or image of it.

The Associated Press

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