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Ex-chief investment officer cleared

The former chief investment officer of the State Employees’ Retirement System can “move on” now that a probe into his tenure is over.

about 10 hours ago


 Tiffany Dickson embraces her 7-year-old son Bryon, in front of the casket of her husband, Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday at Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Hunt for suspect in Pennsylvania trooper's death continues

"We gather here in sorrow, disbelief and anger," the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney told those inside the filled-to-capacity church.

about 2 hours ago


State agrees to new settlements in Pittsburgh prison abuse cases

The new settlements total $132,500 and end lawsuits filed by five corrections officers or supervisors.

about 19 hours ago


House education committee postpones hearings on Pa. version of Common Core

The state Education Department will conduct a public review of the standards as requested by Gov. Tom Corbett.

about 22 hours ago


 The lone member of the Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning to vote against Thursday's proposal was alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano.

Reorganization would add to Penn State board of trustees

A proposal would provide give representation to students, faculty and the alumni association but also keep the nine alumni board members.

about 11 hours ago


Education department resists expanded audit

The department says Auditor Eugene Depasquale is “succumbing to political tactics.”

about 11 hours ago


 The U.S. flag is reflected in the window of a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle in Scranton for the viewing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson. Trooper Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove.

Pa. residents on edge as manhunt continues for 'survivalist' who killed trooper

Some area school districts decided not to open, including Pocono Mountain district, where alleged shooter Eric M. Frein was once a student.

1 day ago


 Sen. Jane Orie

State Supreme Court refuses to hear Orie appeal

Former state Sen. Jane Orie wanted the state Supreme Court to review her conviction on forgery, theft of services and other charges.

1 day ago


Enterovirus reaches Pennsylvania; at least six cases reported in Erie, Philly

Health officials say 12 states, including Pennsylvania, now have respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus 68, an uncommon virus.

2 days ago


Pennsylvania House votes to rename Department of Public Welfare

Advocates have long pushed for the switch to the Department of Human Services.

1 day ago


Dispute over Tomalis emails may not be resolved soon

The state Department of Education moves to block the release of emails of former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis.

2 days ago


 Ron Tomalis resigned as special adviser on higher education effective Aug. 26.

Auditor general expands probe of Pennsylvania education department

The move comes in the wake of new reports about the job performance of Ron Tomalis, a former special adviser on higher education.

1 day ago


 Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan speaks today at a news conference in Blooming Grove. Commissioner Noonan identified Eric Matthew Frein, 31,  as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.

Manhunt underway for 'survivalist' charged in Pennsylvania trooper's killing

Commissioner Frank Noonan identified the suspect as 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein of Canadensis.

2 days ago


 State Sen. Don White, R-Indiana, is proposing a bill that would allow Pennsylvania school employees, upon obtaining licensing and certification, to carry firearms in school buildings and on the grounds.

Pennsylvania bill would allow teachers, school staff to bring guns to work

The measure would authorize school boards to permit teachers, administrators and other staff members to arm themselves to protect students.

2 days ago


Post-Gazette sues state to change email practice

The newspaper wants the state to preserve emails for at least two years instead of the current practice of destroying them after five days.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania to lend itself up to $1.5 billion because of low cash flow

Legislative Democrats say the borrowing is a bad sign for the state’s fiscal health.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania House Republicans seek new limits on spending for debt projects

They are trying to limit the state’s capital debt spending, and said Harrisburg now has a “blank check” when it comes to big projects.

3 days ago


Is pension overhaul languishing in state Legislature?

Harrisburg lawmakers are expected to take up several bills during their month-long stint before the election.

4 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

4 days ago


 A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area Sunday across the street from the Blooming Grove barracks. Cpl. Byron Dickson was killed in a Friday night attack.

Police to release 'pertinent' information on hunt for gunman who killed Pennsylvania trooper

Authorities said the gunman might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement.

2 days ago


Baby born to woman fatally shot in Philadelphia dies

Doctors were able to deliver the baby by emergency cesarean section, but a hospital spokesman said this morning that the child had died.

4 days ago


 Slots players on the floor of the The Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

Slots cash a mixed bag for Pennsylvania taxpayers

An analysis of state data shows casinos haven’t delivered enough revenue to put a significant dent in most homeowners’ tax bills.

4 days ago


 Eileen Pisaneschi purchased the century-old, one-room schoolhouse she attended in Frenchville, Clearfield County, and maintains it as a museum.

One room, one school, many memories in rural Clearfield

At a preserved, 100-year-old, one-room schoolhouse in Clearfield County, alumni will gather to recall their days as students there.

5 days ago


 A Pennsylvania State Police vehicle speeds along Route 402 on Saturday near the scene where a Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed and another trooper was injured during a shooting late Friday night at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove.

1 Pa. state trooper killed, 1 injured in 'ambush'

Authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.

5 days ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Lack of execution drugs leads to reprieve

Hubert Michael, 58, had been scheduled to be executed Sept. 22; he was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of 16-year-old Trista Eng.

6 days ago


 Family members and friends linger Wednesday evening after carrying in luminaries to the victims' wall at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Capitol flag from 9/11 will serve as tribute to Flight 93

Bells tolled and the names of the victims were read at 10:03 a.m., the moment the airliner crashed in a Somerset County field.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Obama's speech

Even the harshest administration critics among them, though, said the president is right to intervene.

1 week ago


ACLU, Post-Gazette, other newspapers seek information on execution drugs

A motion in federal court in Harrisburg seeks the unsealing of documents detailing how Pennsylvania obtains drugs to be used in executions.

1 week ago


Paterno family granted standing to challenge NCAA consent decree with Penn State

In a decision that was released Thursday afternoon, the judge sided with the plaintiffs in seven of the 10 objections filed by the NCAA.

1 week ago


Corbett nominates businessman to Liquor Control Board

Businessman Michael Negra has been nominated to serve on the three-member state Liquor Control Board.

1 week ago


Legislator pushes to revise state's PlanCon program for school construction

At a Capitol news conference Wednesday, state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, said the existing program is burdensome for school districts.

1 week ago


 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen on Commonwealth in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Lyft hearing examines insurance

A witness for a Pennsylvania trade group tried to explain Wednesday why the insurance coverage that Lyft is proposing is problematic.

1 week ago


Attorney seeks injunction for York County man facing drug execution

The governor has set Sept. 22 as the execution date for Hubert Michael.

1 week ago


EPA settles Clean Water Act violations at mines

The agency has settled 157 Clean Water Act violations at 22 Amerikohl Mining Inc. mines in 12 Pennsylvania counties for $140,000.

1 week ago


 Dan Clemens, holds a shotgun while waiting for his turn to shoot live pigeons during the annual Labor Day shoot in Hegins.

Animal rights group takes aim at pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania

A television ad campaign featuring Bob Barker encourages Pennsylvanians to call their state legislators in support of a pigeon shoot ban.

1 week ago


Uber details insurance policy at hearing

Ride-sharing companies are seeking permanent experimental authority to operate in the county and other parts of Pennsylvania.

1 week ago


Federal grant aims to help protect endangered bats

Pennsylvania is getting a $675,000 to help it avoid and mitigate impacts to its endangered bat populations.

1 week ago


 Experts with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this summer’s cases of Enterovirus D68 are unusually severe and include serious breathing problems.

Health officials on watch for new virus that affects children

No cases have been confirmed locally, although some doctors have said they are seeing a high volume of children with respiratory illness.

1 week ago


Wolf: Will expand Medicaid if elected governor

The Democrat says doing so would allow Pennsylvanians to get health care at a lower cost than with the Corbett “Healthy PA” plan.

1 week ago


 Penn State head coach James Franklin stands at the gate prior to the Saturday's game against Akron.

NCAA restores Penn State football scholarships, lifts ban on bowl games

The Nittany Lions were halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

1 week ago


 Natasha Garrett at the Warhol Museum

Odysseys: A Macedonian makes Pittsburgh home

Natasha Garrett is director of international student services at La Roche College. She first came to the United States for college.

1 week ago


 Jerry Sandusky, a former longtime assistant under coach Joe Paterno, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

NCAA drops fight over Penn State fine

Penn State accepted the fine as part of a 2012 consent decree with the NCAA following the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.

1 week ago


Corbett urges state to continue reviewing national Common Core education standards

Gov.Tom Corbett believes national standards don’t reflect priorities of individual states and wants Pennsylvania to review for more changes.

1 week ago


 In this photo taken on Aug. 26, paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara works in a lab near a section of vertebrae from Dreadnaughtus schrani at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Scientists hope the unusually well-preserved bones of the immense dinosaur will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.

Philadelphia scientists unearth 65-ton dinosaur in Argentina

Drexel University scientists announced that they have unearthed the heaviest known dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani.

2 weeks ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett wrote letters to Rep. Robert Godshall and Sen. Robert Tomlinson.

Gov. Corbett expresses his support for Lyft, Uber in Pennsylvania

Mr. Corbett wrote letters to Rep. Robert Godshall and Sen. Robert Tomlinson.

1 week ago


Daughter of ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin enters court program

As part of the program, the judge ordered Casey Melvin to complete 100 hours of community service.

1 week ago


 Jerry Sandusky is escorted from the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in October 2012  on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

New lawsuit filed against Sandusky, Penn State

The lawsuit claims Sandusky abused the boy during a shopping trip in 2008 or 2009, and after they attended a Penn State game in 2008.

2 weeks ago


 Marcelle Peartree, left, discusses his battle with compartment syndrome, a serious and painful condition, with community health worker Sharon McColllum. McCollum has spent years living and working in Philadelphia's west and southwest neighborhoods.

Philadelphia outreach workers help patients navigate the medical system

A program uses community health workers to bridge the gaps between patients and the medical system.

2 weeks ago


9-foot-tall Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

Efforts to memorialize him, first announced two years ago, were almost derailed by fundraising problems until major donors stepped up.

2 weeks ago


State senator requests records on Tomalis

Sen. Andy Dinniman said state officials won’t produce work performed by Ron Tomalis, who resigned as adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett.

2 weeks ago



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