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Year in review: Most-read central Pa. news stories of 2012

Written by witf | Dec 20, 2012 9:01 AM

From Hurricane Sandy to the election, 2012 was a big year for news in central Pennsylvania. These are the top 5 witf news headlines, based on page views, for the past year:

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1. Central Pennsylvania prepares for Hurricane Sandy - Hurricane Sandy hit central Pennsylvania in October, leaving an estimated $16 million in damages in the state of Pennsylvania alone. The Pennsylvania figure is dwarfed by the billions of dollars in damage being reported in New Jersey and New York. Related: Governor Corbett declares state of emergency ahead of Sandy

2. Hubert Lester Michael awaits word on his stalled execution in PA - A federal appeals court stayed the execution of Hubert Lester Michael, originally set for November 8. On November 9, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Pennsylvania attorney general's appeal to reverse the stay of execution.

3. Live coverage: Governor Corbett's PA state budget address - Governor Tom Corbett made his budget address for the 2012-13 fiscal year on February 7. The Governor proposed using block grants, repairing the unemployment compensation system and addressing the state’s transportation issues, among other things.

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4. Live coverage: Joe Paterno memorial service - Legendary former Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno died January 22 from lung cancer. More than 10,000 people gathered at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center to attend Paterno's public memorial service.

5. Corbett says Kane's Sandusky investigation should be quick- Democrat Kathleen Kane said repeatedly on the campaign trail that she fully intends to open an investigation into why it took nearly three years to arrest Sandusky, and why the case was handled the way it was. Once she was elected, Corbett said that there’s no reason Kane’s investigation into the Sandusky case should go past April 2013.

Which stories from the past year did you think were the most newsworthy? Did they make our list of stories with the most page views? Since months have passed since most of them occurred, has the passing of time changed what you think about them. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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