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Pa. state lawmaker 'in a lot of pain' after motorcycle crash

A Pennsylvania Senate leader who has a pivotal role in budget negotiations and plans to address public-sector pension funding was in considerable pain Monday, two days after a motorcycle accident in Allentown, an aide said. Ellen Kern, chief of staff to Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, said he sustained a punctured lung, cracked ribs and a broken foot from the Saturday afternoon wreck along Interstate 78. State police are investigating the crash as a potential DUI but no charges have been filed. "The good news is that he's stable," Kern said, adding he was not expected to be released from the hospital on Monday. "Right now it's kind of one day at a...

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