State review of emails finds no additional improprieties

Other than pornographic emails, a state Supreme Court review found no improper email between the court and Attorney General’s office.

about 3 hours ago

Wolf team announces inaugural festivity plans

Tom Wolf will be sworn as the state’s 47th governor on Jan. 20.

about 3 hours ago

Pa. Supreme Court lawyer: No new improprieties in email trove

Seamus McCaffery resigned his high court seat following the disclosure that he sent emails containing pornography to the AG’s office.

about 14 hours ago

 Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury of sexual abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

AP: Jerry Sandusky won't get his pension back

Sandusky’s attorney Chuck Benjamin said today that the State Employees’ Retirement System issued a 122-page opinion with the decision.

about 14 hours ago

 Jerry Sandusky is escorted from the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing on child sex abuse in October 2012.

Judge delays January trial on Penn State sanctions

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce.

about 18 hours ago

Sandusky loses legal battle to restore state pension

The former Penn State assistant football coach, convicted of multiple sex offenses, was trying to win back a $4,900-a-month state pension.

about 4 hours ago

Pennsylvania unemployment rate falls to 5.1 percent

The state’s November unemployment rate was the lowest it has been in more than six years.

about 4 hours ago

Philadelphia-area couple charged in boy's death waives hearing

Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum III are accused of shopping, napping and eating pizza as the boy lay dying in their mobile home.

about 18 hours ago

 Philip J. Kendall

Former Philadelphia publishing exec killed in Florida accident

Authorities said Philip J. Kendall, 85, former president of Packard Press, and Francine Freedman, 80, had moved to Florida this week.

about 17 hours ago

 Pennsylvania's  Ethics Commission has too few powers to properly monitor legislators' conflicts of interest.

Who polices legislative ethics in Pennsylvania?

The Ethics Commission is in charge of oversight, but it’s largely toothless. Are there solutions to prevent conflicts of interest?

about 22 hours ago

Pennsylvania auditor general weighs in on charitable property tax exemptions debate

Eugene DePasquale put out a report highlighting the $1.5 billion in property taxes charitable organizations don’t pay in 10 counties.

1 day ago

Ten indicted in connection with Akron dog-fighting ring

Investigators discovered firearms, narcotics and more than $52,000 in cash.

1 day ago

 Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

1 day ago

 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently completed a performance audit of Cheyney University.

Auditor General's report on Cheyney University paints a 'bleak' outlook

A 54-page report is likely to heighten ongoing concern, not only about Cheyney, but also some of the other 13 state-owned universities.

2 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

AG charges 10 in $1.2 million PennDOT theft

The AG says the managers, assigned to PennDOT’s district covering southeastern Pennsylvania, took kickbacks from highway inspectors.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirms $151M ruling against Wal-Mart

The case concerns unpaid wages from work during breaks and in other circumstances.

3 days ago

 The performance audit document dated Dec. 10 was shared with officials at Cheyney and with the State System.

Pennsylvania audit finds Cheyney University in deep financial trouble

The 54-page report by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale paints a dire picture of the state school’s financial health.

3 days ago

 Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County.

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings found dead near Philadelphia

Bradley W. Stone, wanted in the killings of his ex-wife and five of her family members, was found in a wooded area near his home.

3 days ago

 Police are looking for 35-year-old Bradley William Stone, of Pennsburg, in the killings of six people in the Philadelphia area.

Manhunt on for ex-Marine suspected of killing ex-wife, five relatives in Philadelphia area

Police said Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg also killed his ex-wife’s mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and niece.

3 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Two Philadelphia legislators face indictment in case Kane refused to file

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams is expected to charge state Reps. Reps. Ronald G. Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown.

3 days ago

 The Philadelphia district attorney charged state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with accepting money in exchange for promises of political actions.

Two Philly state reps charged with accepting bribes

They were charged by Philadelphia authorities after state Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused to prosecute, saying the case was flawed.

3 days ago

Man pays for $50,000 worth of layaway at a Walmart in Pennsylvania

The store manager said the benefactor showed up at the Walmart in Mechanicsburg on Monday with a cashier's check that covered 100 accounts.

3 days ago

 Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Masser has informed the board that he does not expect a quorum of 16 members needed to conduct business.

PSU alumni trustees fail to draw quorum for meeting on NCAA suit

Nine alumni members of the 31-member board of trustees want the board to join plaintiffs who want NCAA sanctions overturned.

4 days ago

 Police gather today near a home in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes.

Police: Six dead, suspect on the loose near Philadelphia

The Montgomery County DA said the victims had a “familial relationship” to suspect Bradley William Stone.

4 days ago

 A state child protective services law that takes effect Dec. 31, among other things, expands background checks for school volunteers.

New Pennsylvania law expands school clearance requirements

The law, which takes effect Dec. 31, also spells out duties of teachers and other “mandated reporters” in reporting suspected child abuse.

5 days ago

 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has said he hopes to dismantle Healthy PA in favor of a more straightforward expansion of Medicaid.

Thousands of applications received for Healthy PA program

Enrollment opened Dec. 1, and about 600,000 Pennsylvanians are estimated to be eligible for coverage.

5 days ago

U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns

States and the federal government have handed out tens of millions in public dollars to rail companies and government agencies.

5 days ago

 Kim Stolfer, the president of Firearm Owners Against Crime, notes that for 40 years, state law has said, “[n]o county,  municipality, or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components.” Based on that, said Mr. Stolfer, “Why can’t [local officials] learn to shut up?”

New law triggers war of words over firearms

New state law brings out the big guns against rarely enforced local firearm ordinances.

6 days ago

 In documents, Aetna argues that Allegheny Health Network and Highmark are violating a 2013 state agreement.

Aetna, Highmark land in court over contract dispute

A court hearing on Aetna's request to stop Highmark from canceling Aetna's contract with Jefferson Hospital was heard in Harrisburg.

1 week ago

 University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann lies on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday. Their demonstration symbolized the 4 1/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Penn president feels heat from police for 'die in'

Amy Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday.

1 week ago

 "The Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan in 2010

Aide to 'Sixth Sense' director admits to stealing $15,000 from him

Selma Nolan Cody, the former house manager for M. Night Shyamalan’s Chester County home, pleaded guilty this week to theft.

1 week ago

 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

Job creation programs fall short of predictions, audit finds

A state audit found that 56 percent of contracts in audited job creation programs created or retained as many jobs as predicted.

1 week ago

 The federal courthouse Downtown

U.S. House approves renaming Pittsburgh federal courthouse for Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr.

Judge Weis, who died in March, retired from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year at age 90, having served there for 40 years.

1 week ago

Penn State alumni trustees aim to join lawsuit against NCAA

The alumni trustees’ goal is that the university become a plaintiff instead of a defendant in the suit against the NCAA.

1 week ago

Group girds for battle over its call for a U.S. constitutional convention

The Assembly of State Legislatures, a new group advocating for a convention of the states, met for the third time Monday and Tuesday.

1 week ago

 Penn State University president Eric Barron

Lawmaker angered over Penn State chief's hands-up gesture

Republican state Rep. Jerry Knowles says Mr. Barron’s gesture was disrespectful and a “slap in the face to law enforcement.”

1 week ago

Former loan officer tied to major mortgage fraud scheme gets probation

John Polosky, 44, had faced prison, but the government filed a motion on his behalf for a lesser sentence because of his help.

1 week ago

 Tom Wolf answers questions from the media after the third gubernatorial debate in October.

Gov.-elect Wolf announces staff picks

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has announced his picks for three top staff positions, with one post going to former primary rival John Hanger.

1 week ago

 Retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.

Retired Justice McCaffery collecting $11,000 monthly pension after quitting over porn scandal

The State Employees’ Retirement System says Seamus McCaffery will be receiving a $134,000 annual pension.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office Jan. 20.

Wolf to use own money for security team's needs

Tom Wolf’s spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan says that Pennsylvania’s governor-elect will pay “full market value” for the security services.

1 week ago

Former Erie state senator named to board overseeing state-owned universities

Jane M. Earll, who will be sworn in Wednesday, represented Erie in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1997 to 2013.

1 week ago

 A firefighter salutes as a procession of fire and police vehicles escorts a fallen firefighter to the medical examiners' office from Einstein Hospital in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia firefighter dies from injuries in early morning house fire

Fire officials say the 11-year veteran who died was the first female Philadelphia firefighter killed in the line of duty.

1 week ago

 Dale Luthringer, environmental education specialist at Cook Forest State Park, examines an ancient Susquehanna hemlock last year. Pesticides and adelgid-eating beetles are the two main weapons in the campaign to save the iconic tree from invasive insects.

Foresters scrambling to save state's hemlock trees from insect invaders

A new state conservation plan aims to stop the spread of adelgids, which are killing the Eastern hemlock, Pennsylvania’s state tree.

1 week ago

Weak shale gas prices could make Wolf's $1B severance tax prediction too high

At current prices and production, a 5 percent severance tax would produce as little as $525M and as much as $675M a year.

1 week ago

 Fox Chapel Area High School music teacher Mairi Cooper has been named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

Fox Chapel music maestro named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

Mairi Cooper is in her 14th year at Fox Chapel Area High School, teaching advanced placement music theory, orchestra, piano and world music.

1 week ago

 The looming retirement of Chief Justice Ronald Castille will create one of the three vacancies on the Pa. Supreme Court in 2015.

State Supreme Court races will sizzle in 2015

With three seats at stake, next year’s state Supreme Court elections promise bruising battles that will reshape the court for a generation.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania seeking bids for former state prison in Hempfield

The 103-acre site in Westmoreland County has been rezoned for commercial use and local officials hope a new owner will provide new jobs.

1 week ago

Police: Boy, 9, finds lost credit card, goes shopping in Marysville

The card the boy found Nov. 29 belonged to a North Carolina woman.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pennsylvania AG Kane won't defend gun law that permits lawsuits

The new law effectively strips municipalities of the right to enact their own gun measures.

2 weeks ago

 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf take part in a debate Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

At $82 million, Pennsylvania governor's race broke spending record

Gov. Tom Corbett and Gov.-elect Tom Wolf spent about $9 million between them in the final five weeks of the campaign.

2 weeks ago


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