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  • NBC’s news analysts call Pennsylvania’s predicted Presidential vote a “toss-up.”  Previously, they said the state “leans Democrat.”  [PG Early Returns]
  • Allegheny County might lose more district judges under new state budget.  [Trib]
  • The kind of charges leveled against Rankin District Judge Ross C. Cioppa — offering favorable court treatment in exchange for sex — are extremely rare, but the scandal could serious damage the judiciary’s public reputation.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Semi good news for mid-level associates.  There’s a modest uptick in hiring you, especially in litigation, health care, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and corporate transactions law.  The newspaper characterized the job growth as tepid. “I would not use the word robust,” one law firm representative said. “It is much more modest than that.”  [Post-Gazette