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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Disciplinary panel moves to suspend Kane's law license

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has 10 days to respond and make the case as to why she should be able to keep her license.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's announcement brings the number of states that have online voter registration to 23, plus the District of Columbia.

State's voter registration enters digital age

Pennsylvania began online voter registration on Thursday, an administrative move by Gov. Tom Wolf after efforts to pass a law lagged.

about 23 hours ago


Cambria County man charged with making terroristic threats

Perry Semelsberger remained jailed on the charges Thursday.

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DA clears deputy sheriff in shooting

A man who once jumped a fence at the White House was killed in a confrontation with police Tuesday.

about 23 hours ago


Top official resigns from state Office of Inspector General

Anthony J. Fiore had served in the office since April 2011 and as deputy since March 2012.

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 State police firearms instructor Richard Schroeter, left, was sentenced today to two weeks in jail for accidentally killing Trooper David Kedra, 26, during a training class.

Firearms instructor who accidentally shot state trooper gets 2 weeks jail

Richard Schroeter, 43, will spend two weeks in jail, three to 18 months of house arrest in the shooting of Trooper David Kedra.

about 9 hours ago


 Darryl Dawkins

Obituary: Darryl Dawkins / NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ dunker

He was the first high school player to go straight to the NBA when he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.

about 23 hours ago


 The Legislature's Republican majorities passed a budget that was fully vetoed by Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, on June 30.

New poll finds more Pennsylvanians blame Legislature than governor for budget stalemate

The Franklin & Marshall College poll found more hold the Legislature -- 54 percent -- than Gov. Tom Wolf -- 29 percent -- responsible.

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Penn State report: Effects of climate change to accelerate in Pennsylvania

The report says climate change can cause more severe storms, higher risk of insect-borne illnesses and significant changes to water quality.

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 James Vivenzio

Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

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Details of offensive state emails released

The state Supreme Court released hundreds of emails and attachments sent on state computers it called “graphic” and “objectionable.”

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 It was a day of activity at the state Capitol building Tuesday as House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but they went through the motions anyway.

Plan to override state budget fails

Pennsylvania’s elected leaders appear to be still far apart from an agreement after eight weeks without a state budget.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Emails AG Kane says spurred plot against her released

Attorney General Kathleen Kane wanted the documents released — including pornographic emails — to help defend criminal charges against her.

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Pittsburgh pushes auditor general to audit oversight authority

Pittsburgh is taking its fight with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority over gaming money to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

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 A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday in West Chester, Pa.

White House climber killed at courthouse after knife attack

The Coatesville, Pa., man was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff after he wielded a knife and slashed another deputy.

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Friction over gay marriage mounts before pope’s visit

LGBT Catholics want a more major role in the World Meeting of Families that is spurring Francis’ visit, but organizers are resisting that.

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 Maj. Tyree Blocker served with the state police from 1975 to 2005.

New Pennsylvania state police commissioner described as ‘a futurist’

Maj. Tyree Blocker’s colleagues describe him as at the cutting edge of technology and trends in law enforcement.

3 days ago


State Game Commission proposes increasing hunting license fees

The plan unveiled today would boost the cost of an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years.

3 days ago


Prosecutor: Man killed after attacking deputy in Chester County courthouse

The DA said a man named Curtis Smith entered the lobby of the West Chester courthouse at about 11 a.m. and slashed a deputy sheriff.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown.

Poll: Plurality of Pennsylvanians say Kane should resign as AG

Asked about the attorney general’s job performance, 54 percent said they disapprove of it while 20 percent gave her their approval.

2 days ago


 Poster introducing Kick in the Beanz campaign.

Sheetz to offer new line of specialty coffee in hope to outcompete Wawa

Competition between Wawa and Sheetz falls along lines as clear as the Eagles versus the Steelers, with the latter shopping at Sheetz.

3 days ago


Teenager, boyfriend seek separate trials in killing

A teenager and her soldier boyfriend are seeking separate trials on charges that they conspired to kill the girl’s mother last spring.

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Man receives prison term in shooting over snowballs

A central Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a shooting that injured a teenager who threw snowballs at his car.

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 One state legislator called protecting student data privacy and security “something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy

Lawmakers says Pennsylvania should explore a state law to protect student data privacy and security.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looks down as she reads a statement during a news conference Aug. 12 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Attorney General Kane held for trial on all charges

A district judge held state Attorney General Kathleen Kane for trial on charges she leaked grand jury information and lied about it.

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 "Whether a budget impasse is a week old or months old, it creates a level of uncertainty [for districts]," said state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, shown here in April.

Pittsburgh-region schools plan around Pennsylvania budget stalemate

Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said he did not know of any districts that wouldn’t be able to open on time because of the impasse.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference on Aug. 12 in Harrisburg in which she said charges against her were part of a conspiracy to cover up a chain of pornographic and bigoted emails passed among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.

Attorney General Kane to appear in court today

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on perjury, obstruction of justice and other charges filed against Kathleen Kane earlier this month.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf and SEIU far too ‘cozy,’ says House GOP caucus

Emails between Wolf administration and Service Employees union show coordination of message and policymaking.

5 days ago


 Bob Mazza, left, president of Mazza Vineyards on Lake Erie, with his son, Mario Mazza, general manager of Mazza Vineyards.

Pennsylvania wineries see opportunities in state liquor privatization

With a privatized model, a winery in the state could go to the distributor next door to sell its product.

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 R Buck Gray, center, and other Penn Hills residents talk about the district's budget shortfall during a Penn Hills School Board meeting earlier this year.

State auditor general set to examine Penn Hills schools

The audit was requested by state Rep. Tony DeLuca after the district revealed this spring that it had an $8.9 million deficit.

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 The statement by Maxwell King said it was the third time in the past 12 years that nonprofit social services agencies dependent on state funding have suffered because of a budget impasse.

Pittsburgh Foundation CEO says close liquor stores, halt lawmaker pay until budget passes

CEO Max King cited a statewide survey that found 50 percent of responding social service organizations are facing cash flow problems now.

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Activist wants disciplinary board members with ties to Kane to recuse themselves

Gene Stilp on Aug. 11 filed a complaint against the AG with the disciplinary board, asking the panel to begin revoking her law license.

1 week ago


Unemployment rate steady at 5.4 percent for July in Pennsylvania

The state's Department of Labor and Industry reported this morning that employers added just 8,000 jobs during the month.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is facing state criminal charges.

Report: FBI investigating Pa. Attorney General Kane

The scope and intensity of the federal inquiry are unclear, but it comes as Kane prepares to mount a legal fight against criminal charges.

1 week ago


 Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia, does stand-up at the Improv Wednesday in Homestead for Candidates' Comedy Night.

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter brings his humor across the state for fundraiser

Politicians gathered at the annual comedy event to raise money for Allegheny County’s Music Festival Fund.

1 week ago


State Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of convicted former Rep. Veon

Among Veon’s arguments is that a conflict of interest law is vague.

1 week ago


 Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf replaced Healthy PA in April with the expansion of conventional Medicaid called HealthChoices.

Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion simplifies enrollment

Families who might have waited months for medical assistance last winter are seeing shorter delays under Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion.

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 The faculty checks are part of a wider State System of Higher Education policy being implemented on the 14 member campuses that requires criminal checks and child abuse clearances for all workers.

State System faculty union going to court over background checks

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties has gone to Commonwealth Court, seeking an injunction.

1 week ago


 Pope Francis gives a blessing during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Wednesday.

Philadelphia, state ask medics to help during pope's visit

State officials hope to get 500 medics to staff the papal visit, doubling Philly’s existing force of 198 paid paramedics and 53 EMTs.

1 week ago


Philadelphia archdiocese settles sexual abuse civil suit

The plaintiff told grand jurors he was passed among three men and repeatedly sexually assaulted while serving as an altar boy in the 1990s.

1 week ago


 House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana.

Wolf, Republicans report progress on pension, education funding in budget stalemate

First signs of a possible thaw in state budget talks after a meeting of governor, legislative leaders.

1 week ago


 The 7 percent hike in motor vehicle deaths in Pennsylvania was half as large as the nation’s estimated 14 percent rise, totaling 18,630 victims, according to the report.

Motor vehicle accidents on the rise in Pennsylvania, U.S.

Should the trend continue, motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. for 2015 in could exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Unsealed files undermine Pa. attorney general Kane’s story

She has claimed that a judge’s order prevents her from disclosing pornographic emails shared through government email accounts.

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 Methane gas burns off a stack near the Washington Electric Cooperative power plant in Coventry, Vt.  The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change.

EPA unveils tougher emissions rules for shale sites

The new rules are aimed at curbing methane and volatile organic compound emissions from sources all along the oil and gas production chain.

1 week ago


Ethics complaint filed against Pa. attorney general Kane

Gene Stilp asked the Ethics Commission to investigate Kane’s use of her state security detail when she was arraigned on criminal charges.

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 Republican legislative leaders say they are unimpressed with an offer on pension reform by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Republicans unimpressed with governor's pension proposal

Gov. Tom Wolf had told legislative leaders he was willing to accept parts of a Republican pension reform bill that he vetoed in July.

1 week ago


Phones OK’d to photograph public records

The open records ruling, issued Friday, concerned a case in Reserve.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks July 20 to a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf says compromise needed to end state budget impasse

The governor said he hopes to see "movement" at a negotiating session scheduled for Wednesday.

1 week ago


Ex-Pa. beauty queen accused of faking cancer, pocketing donations apologizes

Brandi Weaver-Gates, 23, waived her preliminary hearing on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

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 U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah speaks outside the federal courthouse today in Philadelphia

U.S. Rep. Fattah pleads not guilty in racketeering case

The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat is facing racketeering, bribery and mail fraud charges.

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