Top 5 Live –WURD Monday February 10
1. Wolf scraps Corbett plan, opts for traditional Medicaid expansion
Gov. Wolf on Monday said he is dismantling his predecessor’s alternative to Medicaid expansion and will transition to traditional Medicaid insurance for low-income Pennsylvanians.
“Today is the first step toward simplifying a complicated process and ensuring hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need…” said Wolf.
2. Cops Say Teen Killer Took Selfie with Victim’s Body
Pennsylvania authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy who allegedly shot a classmate in the face and shared a selfie with his corpse on social media, The Washington Post reports.
According to police, the photo served as “a key piece of evidence” against Maxwell Marion Morton, who they say murdered Ryan Mangan, also 16.
3. Beyonce steals Ledisi’s song
During Sunday night’s Grammy Awards ceremony, there was a bit of controversy surrounding the fact that Beyoncé was chosen to perform “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” instead of Ledisi, who portrayed Mahalia Jackson and performed the song in the Selma biopic.
“Ledisi sung it in the Selma film, so they should have asked her,” one tweet read. “Beyoncé doesn’t have the chops for that one. She’ll overdo it.”
4. Supreme Court Declines to Block Gay Marriage in Alabama
Gay couples got married in Alabama on Monday despite a last-minute push from the state’s chief justice to stop them.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block a federal court order from January requiring the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. In Birmingham, cheers and applause went up at the probate court as licenses were issued.
5. Helen Gym announces run for Phila. City Council
Helen Gym is no stranger to speaking before elected officials – sometimes rather loudly. Now she’s vying for a seat at their table.
Gym, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for a City Council at-large seat at a lively rally Monday at the Ethical Society Building on Rittenhouse Square in which she mostly focused on education.
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