The Latest for Berks and Lancaster April 5th

>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here's the latest news:  The Pennsylvania Department of Education says it's getting ready to welcome children of Ukrainian refugees into state schools. A Lancaster man will face a trial on criminal homicide charges for allegedly killing his sister. Gas Prices are slowly going down in Lancaster County.

>>Governor Says Schools Should Welcome Ukrainian Refugees

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Wolf says the Pennsylvania Department of Education is helping welcome refugee families from Ukraine with school-age children. In a recent statement he says he knows state residents will be extraordinarily generous in embracing new neighbors. PDE Secretary Noe Ortega says like all students, refugee children are entitled to appropriate special education services. The Commonwealth is home to more than 122-thousand Ukrainians, the second most of any U.S. state.

>>Berks County Business Gets Huge State Loan to Further Production

(Berks County, PA) -- A Berks County company has been selected to receive a nearly 800-thousand dollar loan from the state. The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) recently approved the new low-interest loan for Van Industries in Birdsboro. According to its application, the 795-thousand-dollar funding for the metal fabrication company will be used to purchase a high-speed fiber laser cutter

>>Lancaster Man Being Held for Allegedly Killing His Sister 

(Lancaster County, PA -- A Lancaster man will face trial on criminal homicide charges for allegedly killing his sister. A judge found there is sufficient evident to hold over charges against Joel Ayala Junior who is 20-years-old. Police say he shot and killed his 22-year-old sister Linnette Ayala in March in their East Hempfield Township home. Officials also have seized an AK-47 rifle in the case and are testing it for evidence. Police say the motive may have been that the suspect's sister had made fun of him for being depressed.

>>Gas Prices Creep Downward in Lancaster County

(Lancaster Co., PA) -- Gas prices are slowly going down in Lancaster County. The current average for a regular gallon of gas is at four dollars and 23 cents a gallon. A week ago, it was at four-30 per gallon. Diesel's selling for five-40 per gallon. The average right now in the state is at four-26; a year ago, gas was two-dollars, 98 cents.

>Phillies Fall To Yankees

(Tampa, FL) -- The Phillies are coming up short in spring training. Philadelphia fell 5-2 to the Yankees. The Phillies close out spring training at home against the Pirates today. Philadelphia opens the regular season at home against the Athletics on Friday. 

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