Montgomery County prosecutors have charged Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane with perjury, obstruction and other counts.

Kane reverses timeline on porn emails

A state courts spokesman said today that it had hired a Pittsburgh law firm to look into the matter.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf this week vetoed a temporary stopgap budget Republicans had sent him that would have covered four months of state spending.

Wolf calls for hiring freeze, travel ban because of Pennsylvania budget impasse

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed cost-saving measures in light of a budget impasse that is now in its fourth month.

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 Cal McConnell, co-owner of McConnell's Farm in Independence, Beaver County, picks apples Sept. 16. The 200-acre farm has been run by the McConnell family since 1787.

Harvest of history: State's Century Farms a cornucopia of land, labor and legacy

Only 3 percent of the state’s 63,000 family farms qualify for the designation of Century Farm or Bicentennial Farm.

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Two arrested in 1984 rape, killing of Philadelphia-area girl

Barbara Rowan’s parents reported her missing Aug. 2, 1984. Two weeks later, her body was found along a road near her home.

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Bicentennial Farm offers corn maze challenge

Family patriarch Robert Hays built Gearhard Farms in Murrysville eight generations ago.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Attorney General Kane: Sitting state justice sent, received 'racial, misogynistic pornography' on state computers

The attorney general said emails linked to the justice -- named by her staff as J. Michael Eakin -- have been given to judicial authorities.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks Aug. 12 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Another perjury charge for Kane

The new perjury count stems from Kane’s claim she never signed a secrecy oath preventing her from releasing information from past cases.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf 's office has imposed a hiring freeze with the excpetion of positions that provide "direct care to patients" and those that are directly engaged in law enforcement, public safety and corrections” and revenue collections and revenue-generating positions.

Governor's office imposes hiring freeze, travel ban

Included among the exemptions are positions that provide “direct care to patients” and revenue-generating positions.

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 Diana Rubens

Report: VA official created vacancy she filled herself

Inspector general's report alleges that Philly VA director Diana Rubens improperly used her position for personal and financial gain.

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PennDOT accepting unsolicited proposals for state transportation-related projects

PennDOT has released a statement saying that it will begin accepting proposals for various PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure

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 Two bald eagles with their eaglet at Raystown Lake near Huntingdon, Huntingdon County. The Pa. Board of Game Commissioners increased the penalties for killing a bald or golden eagle.

Stricter penalties approved for violence against eagles

On Tuesday, the State Board of Game Commissioners approved more expensive replacement costs for people responsible for killing of eagles.

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 House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, left, and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said they would not stand in the way of Mr. Wolf persuading their members to support his proposals.

Legislators will vote on Wolf’s tax package

The House and Senate Republican leaders say they don’t think the proposed legislation has the necessary votes to succeed.

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 Irwin Scott, who served as a Marine during the Vietnam era, speaks with Kayla Berkey in Larimer. Mr. Scott was signing up for expanded Medicaid programs in the state and is hoping to get dental coverage.

Nonprofits come to veterans’ aid to bolster health care in Pennsylvania

Nonprofits are using the Medicaid expansion to enroll uninsured veterans in health coverage, hoping to prevent medical debts and poverty.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania needs a comprehensive approach to the state budget that boosts aid to public schools and closes a long-term budget deficit for good.

Wolf to appeal to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers on budget plan

The Democrat told KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh that he will try to win over “good Republican legislators” tired of the budget stalemate.

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 While measurement of alcohol impairment is clearly established, there is no similar standard for what constitutes impairment from marijuana.

Report raises concerns about driving while on drugs

With debate intensifying over whether marijuana use increases the risk of vehicle crashes, better data is needed, the author said.

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 Andrew Place

Former EQT exec confirmed as new Pa. PUC commissioner

Greene County resident Andrew Place, who also worked with Center for Sustainable Shale Development,  is to be sworn in tomorrow.

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‘Surprise’ medical billing catches Pa. insurance commissioner’s eye

Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller will hold a public hearing in Harrisburg on what the department terms “surprise” balance billing.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders met twice Monday but did not indicate that progress had been made.

Budget impasse could cost schools $11.2M in interest, fees

Republicans had urged Gov. Tom Wolf to accept a stopgap budget to allow school districts and social service providers to receive funding.

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 A Turnpike tolltaker at the Carlisle interchange.

New exhibit celebrates Pennsylvania Turnpike, America's 'first superhighway'

A permanent exhibit that debuts at the State Museum of Pennsylvania on Friday marks the 75th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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 Army National Guard veteran David Roudabush, an intake specialist for the PAServes program, demonstrates the new system that will link veterans service programs and organizations throughout the region to help veterans who need assistance. Mark Schiemer, supervisor of the PAServes coordination center, looks on.

PaServes hopes to bridge veterans, area aid services

A new electronic network aims to connect and track military veterans services online so those who need help don’t get lost in referrals.

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State auditor general says budget impasse school impact could reach $11.2 million

"The cost is going to keep going up each and every month," Auditor General Euguene DePasquale said, as districts are forced to borrow money.

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 Statewide in grades 3-8, of the students taking the PSSA, 39.6 percent were proficient or advanced in math. In English language arts, it was 50 percent.

State PSSA test scores released

Many states have found significant drops in scores as the new standards were put into place.

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 The Wolf administration says it isn’t sure how to respond to the ruling itself, which is why it’s appealing to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wolf finds fault with third parties court ruling

The Wolf administration supports easier path for third-party political candidates, but says recent court ruling improperly addresses issue.

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 Pope Francis speaks Sunday at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Speaking to hundreds of bishops and seminarians, Pope Francis said he met in private with a group of victims of sexual abuse and he pledged that “all responsible will be held accountable.”

In meeting with sex-abuse victims, pope vows change

The pontiff says that the church will not stop with abusers, but also will go after those protecting them.

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Governor, legislative leaders say they may meet again tonight

As the budget impasse continues, the pressure to come to an agreement continues to build.

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Pittsburgh-area student groups say visit with pope was meaningful

Students from Central Catholic, Oakland Catholic and Franciscan University make the trip to Philadelphia.

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Advocates for legalized marijuana to host Fetterman fundraiser; Gov. Wolf endorses McGinty

The bid for support comes just before the books will close on the current campaign-finance reporting period.

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 Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a Penn State sophomore from Branford, Conn., was killed in a one-car accident Sunday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County.

Penn State student killed, 6 injured in Turnpike crash

PSU officials identified the dead student as Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a passenger in a car returning to State College from Philadelphia.

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 Pope Francis gives the homily during Mass with clergy, religious sisters and lay leaders at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Capping six-day U.S. trip, pope hails families instilling faith

Pope Francis met the largest audience of his U.S. visit on Sunday in Philadelphia.

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Whistleblowers on front lines of fraud prosecutions

Whistleblowers have become a key tool against health care fraud, but some say the Justice Department could do more.

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Nine cases of health care fraud brought in Western Pennsylvania

A year in, a health care fraud prosecution unit has made busts from Latrobe to Louisiana — but no huge cases.

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 United States attorney David Hickton.

Health care fraud enforcement ramping up in Western Pa.

A year-old push to root out health care fraud in Pittsburgh has been slowed by a key department’s absence.

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Metcalfe stands by remarks in war of words

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said earlier that a white nationalist is different from a white supremacist.

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 Four students were killed and dozens injured when a duck-boat tour vehicle collided with a charter bus Thursday in Seattle.

Former Pennsylvania students survive deadly duck-boat crash in Seattle

Four students were killed, dozens injured in the collision involving a duck boat and charter bus on a Seattle bridge.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf is likely to veto the House's latest stopgap budget, which passed 117-83 on Thursday.

Pa. House passes $11 billion stopgap budget

Gov. Tom Wolf is likely to veto the spending plan as budget crisis nears 90 days.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, in an attempt to work out a budget compromise with Republicans in the Legislature, proposed privatizing both the wholesale and retail aspects of liquor sales in the commonwealth.

Privatizing any aspect of liquor sales is complex process, experts say

Gov. Tom Wolf is willing to give up some state control of liquor sales in return for budget concessions.

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 A state budget impasse that has driven some districts to borrow while others expect no problems for months.

Pennsylvania school districts feeling effects of budget impasse

Some school officials have already been forced to borrow money to keep their districts running.

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 Uber is looking to launch its UberBlack app-based black car service statewide.

PUC rejects Uber petition related to limo service in Pa.

Some limo services around Pittsburgh oppose the company’s pursuit of skirting existing regulations.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Kathleen Kane says suspension may stop re-election run

Pennsylvania’s attorney general says she would seek a new term if she’s not suspended in run-up to April primary.

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 Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier.

Judge: Charged Penn State ex-president can't travel to Saudi Arabia

PSU ex-president Graham Spanier wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia next month for work.

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 State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

Rep. Metcalfe: A 'white nationalist' is not a 'white supremacist'

Daryl Metcalfe, R- Cranberry, appeared to defend having invited a man with alleged white nationalist ties to testify to his committee.

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DA: 15-year-old boy made 13 shooter, bomb threats toward Central Pa. schools

The threats were described as “extremely disturbing” and included claims that children and police officers would be harmed.

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360 pounds of cocaine hidden in pumpkins shipment, squash seized

Officials said the drugs, which have a combined street value of more than $6 million, were found in thin packages inside of the boxes.

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 In April 2014, Highmark officials said they would stop paying what they considered UPMC “markups” for cancer care after it designated care at physician offices as higher-paying hospital outpatient centers.

UPMC, Highmark working on deal for cancer care

The two sides could announce an agreement within the next week.

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Teacher slain trying to stop killer is among Carnegie heroes

The new honorees, who will be formally announced Thursday, include three others who died trying to save others.

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House advances stopgap measure on state budget

The Senate approved the bill last week, so House passage would send it to Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission says bald eagle fatally shot

The young female had gunshot wounds, and had broken bones in its legs and wings. It was also dehydrated and malnourished.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives at the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown, Pa., in August.

AG Kane law license suspension delayed for 30 days, her spokesman says

The unanimous order Monday from the five-member Supreme Court placed Ms. Kane on "temporary suspension."

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 The Rev. Joseph Maurizio

Jury to resume deliberations in Somerset County priest's sex abuse trial

The Rev. Joseph Maurizio, 70, suspended pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels, was arrested after an investigation by Homeland Security.

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 Workmen construct a stage Tuesday ahead of the pope's visit to Philadelphia on Saturday.

World Meeting to pay $12 million to Phila. to cover pope's visit

The contract is backdated Sept. 10 and states the nonprofit was to have provided the city with a security deposit of $2.5 million Sept. 14.

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