Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.

about 9 hours ago

Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached.

1 day ago

 Former Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Ex-justice Orie Melvin sends out apology letters to state judiciary

In the letters, Joan Orie Melvin acknowledges the harm caused by her crimes and says she accepts responsibility.

1 day ago

Another contractor charged in PennDOT corruption case

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane last year announced charges against 12 other individuals in connection with the probe.

1 day ago

 Kevin Kless, 23, was beaten to death by three men in Philadelphia in January 2012.

Two Philadelphia bars to pay $7 million to settle fatal beating

Kevin Kless was trying to hail a taxi and yelled at a cab that declined to stop when three men passing by thought he was speaking to them.

1 day ago

 Highmark says UPMC has been using a loophole in Medicare law to extravagantly overbill insurers for cancer therapies since 2010.

Seniors are getting caught in health giant tug-of-war

If Highmark’s Medicare clients lose UPMC access next year, will the divorce agreement between UPMC and Highmark offer seniors any comfort?

3 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf camp disputes assertion of home-care ‘union ballot’

Union representation isn’t the same as collective bargaining, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and the SEIU.

3 days ago

Ex-Philadelphia drug officer admits 'thousands' of crimes, lies

The ex-officer said he and others in his undercover unit routinely lied to judges and juries after planting evidence, stealing drug money.

2 days ago

Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

Inspectors found the VA manipulated data, mishandled mail and caused veterans to wait an average of 10 months to resolve claims.

2 days ago

 Act 192 has already spawned lawsuits against Pittsburgh and three other municipalities.

Court weighs Pittsburgh, Philadelphia lawsuit against new gun law

The controversial law allows groups like the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws that go beyond Act 192.

2 days ago

Pa. table games bring in record revenue in March

Together, the 12 casinos generated $69.7 million in revenue from table games in March. But Pittsburgh-area casinos didn’t fare as well.

2 days ago

 The plans of both House Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf would boost the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent.

State House Republicans plan tax bill similar to Gov. Wolf's

House Republican leaders plan to boost the personal income tax and sales tax rates in order to reduce school district property taxes.

3 days ago

4 a.m. bar closings proposed to stem 'brain drain' in Pennsylvania

The measure is not aimed at neighborhood bars, but at "designated entertainment zones away from residential neighborhoods."

3 days ago

GOP Rep. Grell named executive director of Pa. teacher pension system

Grell served on the board of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System from 2009 until January.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania DAs take aim at Wolf's death penalty moratorium

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association released a friend-of-the-court brief today.

3 days ago

Low wages weigh on Pennsylvania nursing home workers trying to get by

Nursing home workers depend on the state to help them as they are helping others.

4 days ago

 “The concern right now, in my opinion, is that we don’t have enough providers to meet the current need,” Dr. Neil Capretto said.

Despite many addiction treatment specialists, Pa. faces rising demand

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the number of mental health professionals, but it is losing more of them than most states to retirement.

5 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf thinks pension funds paying too much in fees

A divided government in Harrisburg grapples with what to do about a massive pension fund shortfall.

6 days ago

Judicial campaigns often lean on identity politics

Judicial candidates often tout their personal backgrounds, since they can’t make campaign promises.

6 days ago

Women finding success in statewide judge votes

Women could hold the majority of elected judgeships on statewide appeals courts after this year’s elections.

6 days ago

 Sue Paterno, widow of Joe Paterno.

'We've got to get this solved': Paterno family takes key role in sex abuse prevention effort

The late Joe Paterno’s wife reports on a pilot program funded by the Paterno family that trains adults in child sex abuse prevention.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks in Pittsburgh in September.

Judge orders Attorney General Kane to explain prosecutor's firing

The order came two days after Kathleen Kane’s office fired a prosecutor who had testified about an alleged grand jury leak.

1 week ago

Pa. appeals court upholds $120 million tobacco ruling in favor of state

In October 2013, an arbitration panel slashed about 54 percent of approximately $335 million earmarked for Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

 Former FBI director Louis Freeh

Freeh seeks out-of-county judge for Spanier defamation suit

Louis Freeh’s new filings suggest a good candidate for the job would be Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover.

1 week ago

 Carolyn Myers, spokeswoman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, pictured, could not explain the reason for the dismissal of James Barker.

Pa. Attorney General Kane fires top aide who testified in leak probe

AG Kathleen Kane fired James Barker, the chief deputy attorney general for appeals and legal services, her office confirmed.

1 week ago

 Mine rescue workers check teammates' emergency breathing packs as they prepare to enter Consol Energy's Harvey Mine for a rescue drill Wednesday to test the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) new Mine Emergency Operations system.

New technology aims to improve communication between mine workers, command center

At a drill Wednesday at Consol Energy’s Harvey Mine in Washington County, teams tested new mine emergency operations response equipment.

1 week ago

 The $45.3 million increase for the State System would be the largest in its history if Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-16 state budget is passed, board members said.

State System narrowly approves tuition freeze, with a caveat

The freeze, the first since 1998, would take effect provided the governor's double-digit boost in campus aid passes the Legislature.

1 week ago

 Chris Sandvig, regional policy director for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, speaks today about the importance of federal transportation during a press conference at the Wood Street T Station, Downtown.

Transportation advocates urge Congress to move on funding

Today's rally at Wood Street Station, Downtown, is one of more than 150 scheduled on national Stand Up for Transportation Day.

1 week ago

 In this March 12, 2015 photo, U.S. Army veteran Michael Maitland wears a sticker depicting a Combat Infantryman Badge, seen at top right, on his hard hat as he works on a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic that is under construction in Fayetteville, N.C.

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

But the wait times at Pennsylvania clinics were better than the average.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera greets students at Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 after speaking Tuesday during an assembly.

Acting state education secretary gets a primer on Allegheny County issues

County school superintendents find acting Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera well-versed on issues.

1 week ago

 “On review, however, the Wolf administration apparently has embraced the previous administration’s position,” the application reads.

PG joined by other news outlets in high court case over state emails

The case pits the intent of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law against the state’s ability to maintain records any way it wishes.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Unionizing battle for Pennsylvania home-care workers heating up

Labor groups want to organize home-care workers, but are running into political resistance.

1 week ago

Prosecutors, police urge Pa. lawmakers to include strict controls in any medical marijuana law

Spokesmen for three law-enforcement groups testified today during a fact-finding hearing of the House Health and Judiciary committees.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Gov. Wolf: No need for AG Kane to resign

Kathleen Kane has deflected calls to resign as a county district attorney weighs whether to charge her with perjury and other crimes.

1 week ago

 PennDOT reported significant declines statewide in deaths of occupants not using seat belts.

Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reach record low since 1928

In Allegheny County, the number of fatalities fell from 65 in 2013 to 59 last year.

1 week ago

 The six Democrats and six Republicans vying for three state Supreme Court seats are required to file their first financial reports of 2015 today.

Money can mean credibility, or lack of it, for Pennsylvania judicial candidates

In a Brennan Center for Justice poll, nearly nine in 10 said campaign contributions have a “great deal” or “some” influence on rulings.

1 week ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey's lead over Sestak grows in polls for next year's Senate race

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., makes apparent gains over his would-be challenger, Democrat Joe Sestak, in a new Quinnpiac University poll.

1 week ago

 A state law that took effect in November 2014 allows police officers and firefighters to administer naloxone, and members of some municipal forces already are prepared to do so.

Pennsylvania State Police to carry medication for opioid drug overdoses

A law approved in November permits police officers to administer naloxone to counteract drug overdoses for opioids such as heroin.

1 week ago

 Jerry Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.

Penn State looks to settle another Sandusky lawsuit

The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote.

1 week ago

Wolf taps businessman Timothy Reese as state's next treasurer

A longtime investor and entrepreneur, Reese serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

1 week ago

Man accused of killing girlfriend at Millersville University waives preliminary hearing

Gregorio Orrostieta, 19, had been due in court Tuesday on a charge of criminal homicide.

1 week ago

Arrest warrant issued for coach wanted in shooting at Philly-area gym

Officials said the coach started arguing a spectator in the crowd after his team, which was ahead, started losing.

1 week ago

Philadelphia woman charged with supporting Islamic State

FBI agents allege Keonna Thomas also had raised funds to support militant jihadis in Syria.

2 weeks ago

Justice Department: Philadelphia woman charged with trying to help ISIS

Authorities say she communicated with an Islamic State group fighter in Syria who asked if she wanted to be part of a martyrdom operation.

2 weeks ago

 Blake Rutherford and his wife, CBS Philly's Jessica Dean.

Four months in, Pennsylvania AG Kane’s chief of staff quits

Blake Rutherford, who’d joined the office in December, said he’s leaving for the high-powered Philadelphia law firm Cozen O'Connor.

2 weeks ago

Penn State fraternity suspended after hazing investigation

The national headquarters of Pi Kappa Phi said it moved to shut down the chapter because members did not follow standards of conduct.

2 weeks ago

West Chester U. student charged with rape at Kappa Delta Rho frat

A Kappa Delta Rho chapter at Penn State has been suspended after photos of naked women appeared on a members-only Facebook page.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that have had religious freedom protections on their books before the adoption of the recent Indiana law.

Indiana furor prompts calls for Pennsylvania measure against sex bias

Bans languished in committee in the last legislative session. GOP leaders have not indicated whether prospects have brightened this year.

2 weeks ago

 Asked why he turned to Facebook, Gov. Tom Wolf said: “I think in a democracy, you should look for any possible way you can interact with the people who hired you."

Gov. Tom Wolf uses Facebook to field questions on budget

In the 20-minute session, the governor faced a series of mostly friendly questions.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

AG Kane quashed subpoenas in casino investigation, sources say

The DA says her review will include a report by the special prosecutor along with “voluminous information” gathered by the grand jury.

2 weeks ago


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