Drilling-related water impacts

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

The DEP will mark the first time it has released an official accounting of drilling-related pollution and diminution cases on its website.

about 13 hours ago

Agency reduces Pennsylvania’s debt rating

Moody‘‍s Investors Service cited pensions and one-time revenue sources for cutting the state’‍s bond rating to Aa3 from Aa2.

about 15 hours ago

 The home of Mary Rader and her parents Dennis and Deanna Beighley in Greenville, Mercer County. Detectives say a 7-year-old boy was nearly starved inside this Mercer County house.

Police say 8-year-old boy from Mercer County was 'a couple of weeks from death'

The child somehow escaped from his Greenville home June 6 and ran into the street where he met a woman walking her dog, police say.

1 day ago

 Adult emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer: Small pest, big potential problems

Part of the problem is that some people don't know their trees are dying.

2 days ago

San Francisco billionaire to spend money in Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign

Tom Steyer and his Super PAC, NextGen Climate, are making big moves in Pennsylvania this year.

3 days ago

Greg Zappala, others file lawsuit against "Kids-for-Cash" perpetrators

The complaint alleged racketeering, unjust enrichment and other torts, claiming millions of dollars in damages.

3 days ago

 Chloe Kondrich, 11, plays with her brother Nolan, 15, in their family’s living room as their father, Kurt, watches.

New Down syndrome law ensures moms-to-be greater access to available help

New state law will require health care providers to give information and support to women given prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

4 days ago

 Donald Yahnert clears his clogged trimmer as he cuts underbrush at the overgrown cemetery at the former Dixmont State Hospital in Kilbuck today.

State says cemeteries won’t be neglected again

Ordered to the site by department officials in Harrisburg, the  crew normally works at Torrance State Hospital in Westmoreland County.

4 days ago

 Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday.

Jerry Sandusky's adopted son discusses alleged sexual abuse, bedtime 'ritual'

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Matthew Sandusky on her television show about what it was like growing up with his father.

4 days ago

 The official state Capitol portrait of former House Speaker Bill DeWeese.

Portraits of convicted Pennsylvania lawmakers receive an asterisk

Visitors to the state Capitol now will see a plaque attached to the portraits of those sentenced to prison.

6 days ago

State’s corrections work seen as example for the nation

Pennsylvania’s secretary of corrections is becoming a regular on Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to shape federal prison reform policy.

6 days ago

PUC enforcers oppose Uber's emergency application

Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft have applications pending before the PUC to start experimental transportation services in Pennsylvania.

6 days ago

Highway fund may run out of money by fall

The White House proposes spending $302 billion on transportation over four years.

1 week ago

 Divers from Murrysville Rescue 1's dive team head to shore this morning after searching the Allegheny River for the body of a man thrown from a jet ski Sunday.

Allegheny River jet ski accident shines light on dangers of recreational vehicles

Water scooters are second among common vessel types involved in reported boat accidents nationally, the U.S. Coast Guard reported in 2013.

1 week ago

 The House Republican pension bill, which Gov. Tom Corbett, also a Republican, supports and has urged legislators to pass, would provide school budgets with little near-term property tax relief.

Corbett: Pension overhaul targets property tax issue

Current benefit costs put a strain on many school districts' budgets.

1 week ago

Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

State officials work with doctors to establish guidelines for painkiller prescriptions.

1 week ago

 Brandon Palakovic and his mother in a family portrait.

Family filing suit over son's suicide while isolated in SCI Cresson

Brandon Palakovic's parents want the state Department of Corrections to take responsibility for son's treatment while in prison.

1 week ago

Penn State OKs $2M upgrade to football building

Penn State University‘‍s football facilities are slated to undergo a $2 million renovation.

1 week ago

 Jerry Sandusky

PSU trustees asked to reopen Freeh report

Moving such a resolution to an action authorized by the board will require significant legwork.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett holds a copy of state budget documents during a news conference Thursday in Harrisburg.

Gov. Corbett says he will take pension reform to the public

Gov. Tom Corbett, State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai wrangle over public pensions reform, leadership issues

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett holds a copy of state budget documents during a news conference Thursday in Harrisburg, Pa.

Gov. Corbett, own party display years of mutual frustration

Republican governor denounced a Legislature controlled by his own party.

1 week ago

 Lara and Razlyn Flavin, 1, sport pink mustaches in support of ride-sharing company Lyft today.

Peduto, Fitzgerald and Fontana urge the PUC to reverse course on ride sharing

Both Lyft and Uber continue to operate in the Pittsburgh area despite a July 1 cease-and-desist order from an administrative law judge.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett arrives for today's news conference in Harrisburg.

State budget creates schism

The governor’s office said the state’s official revenue estimate is $60 million less than the budget projection that cleared the House.

1 week ago

14,000 draft notices sent to Pennsylvania men born in 1800s

The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.

1 week ago

Minor parties win right to challenge Pa. election code

Third-party candidates are required to bear administrative and legislative costs if petitions are successfully called into question.

1 week ago

Matt Sandusky tells Oprah Winfrey about alleged abuse by Jerry Sandusky

In the interview, set to air at 9 p.m. July 17 on OWN, Sandusky is expected to give a personal account of the abuse he says he suffered.

1 week ago

State Supreme Court to review beating case

The defendant, Stevenson Rose, was originally found guilty of aggravated assault for the July 13, 1993, beating of Mary Mitchell.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett care plan cuts aid for disabled

Many people with disabilities would be forced to pay higher health insurance rates in the commercial marketplace.

1 week ago

Suit: Penn State blocked fair election

Jess Stairs filed a notice Tuesday in Centre County that he intends to sue Penn State, along with trustees Keith Masser and Betsy Huber.

1 week ago

Uber seeks emergency status permit to keep ride-sharing services in drive

The state PUC will make the call on whether an emergency exists, but the plea picked up support on Monday from state Rep. Erin Molchany.

2 weeks ago

Pensions, social services driving costs of proposed Pa. budget

A closer look at Pennsylvania‘‍s proposed state budget, which await’‍s Gov. Tom Corbett‘‍s signature.

2 weeks ago

 A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont.

Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Although at least six states have made the information public, Pennsylvania will not.

2 weeks ago

 Chairman's Selection wines are displayed at the state liquor store in Pittsburgh.

Review finds Pa. prices for alcohol competitive with surrounding states

A Post-Gazette comparison of PLCB products and those sold by stores in neighboring states found many comparable prices.

2 weeks ago

Proposed budget has few increases for education in Pennsylvania

Despite slight increases in targeted funding, the pending state education budget mostly holds funding flat.

2 weeks ago

Severe storms leave thousands without power in parts of Pennsylvania

PPL Electric Utilities reports about 4,800 of its customers have lost power, widely scattered throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania.

2 weeks ago

Business as usual despite no signed Pa. budget

All state services are continuing as normal while Gov. Tom Corbett reviews the budget passed by the Legislature on Monday.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett holds a news conference in his chambers addressing the budget spending plan for the new fiscal year.

Governor reiterates call for pension legislation; budget signing on hold

Gov. Tom Corbett said his office continues to review the $29.1 billion state budget approved by legislators late Monday.

2 weeks ago

 Sylvia Ujwary of Oakland orders from the India On Wheels food truck in Oakland. The safety of food trucks has become a concern after a truck's propane tank exploded in Philadelphia, injuring 14 people.

Food truck explosions raise concerns about safety rules

A dozen people were injured Tuesday when a pro­pane tank exploded in a li­censed food truck parked in Phil­a­del­phia, creating a fireball.

2 weeks ago

 The Hobby Lobby store on Steubenville Pike in Robinson Twp.

Hobby Lobby ruling's effect unclear on Pennsylvania cases

Cases involving Catholic dioceses and Geneva College involve different rules, different facts and different claims.

2 weeks ago

Pension jockeying stalls Pennsylvania budget

State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, one of the House’s more liberal Republicans, says the plan had not been properly vetted.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett refused to sign the state budget before the fiscal year ended at midnight because "it does not address all the difficult choices that still need to be made.”

Governor refuses to sign state budget

The GOP governor cited the failure of legislators to deliver measures reshaping the pension system for state and public school workers.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

Down to the wire: State lawmakers take up budget again as deadline looms

Floor votes are expected to advance the $29.1 billion spending plan today, the last day of the fiscal year.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett at a Capitol news conference Friday.

Gov. Corbett on transportation funding, same-sex marriage, voter ID, medical marijuana and more

In a wide-ranging interview, Gov. Corbett defends his record and focuses on re-election bid against Wolf.

3 weeks ago

Legislators scramble to beat budget deadline

The June 30 state budget deadline ticked closer Friday without a clear end in sight.

3 weeks ago

PA scores poorly on AARP’s list for elderly, disabled care

The state was ranked 42nd overall in the new study on long-term services and supports for older people.

3 weeks ago

 The Law and Justice Committee voted Friday for a bill that would allow marijuana to be grown, processed and dispensed, with oversight by a state Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing.

Medical marijuana bill gets unanimous approval in Pennsylvania Senate committee

Sen. Daylin Leach, says he thinks there are about 45 votes in the Senate, enough to override a promised veto from Gov. Tom Corbett.

3 weeks ago

 The front porch of the Whistlestop Bed & Breakfast in Leetsdale. Sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks County, HB 244 would allow Pennsylvania bed-and-breakfast owners to give one bottle of wine produced by a licensed, limited Pennsylvania winery.

Legislation would allow bed and breakfasts to give complimentary beverages

HB 244 would allow Pennsylvania bed-and-breakfast owners to give one bottle of wine produced by a licensed, limited Pennsylvania winery.

3 weeks ago

Suburban Philly school board approves revised policy on school newspaper's use of 'Redskins'

The newspaper staff voted in October to ban use of “Redskins,” calling it a racial slur.

3 weeks ago

Pa. Senate panel OKs bill limiting payroll deductions

The controversial bill, advocated by Republicans, passed the Senate state government committee on a party-line vote.

3 weeks ago

 Eugene Cobbs

U.S. marshals get their man in Mexico — for a second time

Fugitive Pennsylvania cocaine dealer Eugene Cobbs, is in custody after Mexican authorities tracked him down.

3 weeks ago


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