A Franklin & Marshall College poll last week found a wide, bi-partisan majority of registered voters believe state lawmakers should not be paid during budget negotiations when the budget is late.

Voters say: No budget, no pay for Pennsylvania lawmakers

Republicans, Democrats and Independents in a Franklin & Marshall College poll favor not paying lawmakers until a budget is approved.

about 20 hours ago

Former LCB official faces charges of accepting kickbacks

Prosecutors said James H. Short Jr. took cash, gift cards and meals from a distributor and a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages.

about 20 hours ago

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

Pennsylvania attorney general, supporters mobilize against potential ouster

AG Kathleen Kane was charged Aug. 6 by Montgomery County authorities with leaking information to a Philadelphia newspaper.

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 About 200 members of the Chester Upland teachers union in suburban Philadelphia voted unanimously last week to work without pay as the new school year opens Wednesday.

Some teachers in Phila. area heading back to school without a paycheck

The district, struggling with financial problems for years, is on the edge of insolvency and cannot make payroll, officials said.

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Eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced to life in 2 killings last year

Fifty-six-year-old Garry Flyte of Eldred Township entered the plea Monday in Monroe County to first-degree murder charges.

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 Betsy Hawley is the director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, founded at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Coalition aiming to support, strengthen children's palliative care

Most hospices don’t accept pediatric patients, and few resources exist for families needing end-of-life care for children, members say.

1 day ago

PennDOT suspends major roadway construction for pope's visit to Philly

Roadwork will be suspended from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27.

1 day ago

Drug-ring leader sentenced to more than 7 years

Juwan Woods, 32, known as "Whiz," was sentenced Friday to 87 months behind bars.

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 Djamal Eleam

Allegheny County Jail to alter way it releases prisoners

An out-of-state inmate and registered sex offender released in error from the jail was detained two weeks later in Indiana state.

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 In the 2013-14 school year, Pennsylvania had one of the worst vaccination rates in the country for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to the CDC.

Pennsylvania students lag in receiving required vaccines

Only a small percentage claim an exemption to requirements. The larger problem: many children are not up-to-date on their vaccines.

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 Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, this month wrote to state Treasurer Timothy Reese to request “a loan, from whatever source you deem appropriate and in such amount as may be necessary” to help pay salaries for members and approximately 650 employees of the Democratic caucus.

Budget impasse leaving House Democrats in the lurch

Human service agencies are feeling a cash-flow crunch and some school districts have approved tapping lines of credit to pay the bills.

3 days ago

 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.

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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 board seeks Attorney General Kane’s law license

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

3 days ago

Cambria County man charged with making terroristic threats

Perry Semelsberger remained jailed on the charges Thursday.

4 days ago

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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

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 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.

4 days ago

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.

4 days ago

 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.

5 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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.

6 days ago

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.

6 days ago

 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

 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.

6 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week ago

 "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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week ago

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.

1 week ago

 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.

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