“My original legislation would have called these institutions out as state agencies,” said state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna. “I ended up having to retreat from that.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers take another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

about 11 hours ago


Error botched security image on Pennsylvania licenses

The flawed driver’s licenses transposed the letters in the security image to “AP” instead of “PA.”

about 2 hours ago


 Mr. Wolf’s office announced Thursday that his team has identified $109 million it believes it can save in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Wolf 's search for inefficiencies in state government finds $109 million in savings

Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries have identified $109 million they believe the state can save in the next fiscal year.

about 11 hours ago


 House Bill 466 is similar to a liquor privatization bill that passed the House, but not the Senate, in 2013.

Pennsylvania House votes in favor of selling off state liquor system

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, opposes disbanding the state alcohol sales business.

about 11 hours ago


 New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference Wednesday where he discussed the arrest of three Brooklyn men who allegedly plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

ISIS suspects operated, worked at mall kiosks in Philadelphia

Abror Habibov, who was arrested in Florida, sold kitchenware and offered cellphone repair services at the kiosks, investigators said.

1 day ago


Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

A new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

1 day ago


 A Philadelphia developer is seeking a $10 million state grant to convert two floors of the Macy's building into a 155-room hotel. The department store would take up four floors and apartment units would be added to the other floors.

Development plans in Allegheny County built around wish list for Pennsylvania aid

A total of 57 projects in Allegheny County are seeking more than $235 million in state redevelopment capital assistance this year.

2 days ago


 “The main thing is, this is supposed to be a full-time job,” said State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills.

DeLuca bill would put limit on Pennsylvania lawmakers’ outside income

For the third time, the Democrat representative from Penn Hills is trying to limit lawmakers’ outside income.

2 days ago


 "For too long the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hasn't been a place where businesses want to come, invest and grow," Gov. Tom Wolf, center, said. "Country-leading high corporate tax rates have slowed existing businesses from expanding and entrepreneurs from growing new ideas here."

Wolf seeks to halve Pennsylvania's corporate tax rate, close loopholes

The governor unveiled pieces of his economic plan to Lehigh Valley business leaders today.

1 day ago


Fearing lawsuit, Philadelphia-area town latest to repeal gun laws

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg and other cities have already been sued under a state law passed last year.

1 day ago


Pa. death row inmate gets five to 10 years for hitting lawyer in court

The 47-year-old apologized and said he wanted to resolve his assault charges so he could focus on appealing his murder conviction.

2 days ago


 “I’m really expecting the court to do the right thing, which is to say you don’t really need state exchanges to qualify for the credits,” Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday in an interview in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania's governor prepares for loss of federal health insurance subsidies

If the U.S. Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act this summer, the Pennsylvania governor wants to have a backup plan in place.

3 days ago


Gov. Wolf hosts his first 'Twitter town hall'

Individuals and interest groups participated in today’s Twitter session.

3 days ago


 "What I talked about was a fairer tax system - I do intend to present that," Gov. Tom Wolf told reporters.

Wolf keeping quiet on details of budget plan

A week before his budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf hasn't given any details, and isn't talking to leaders in the House and Senate.

2 days ago


Pennsylvania House passes bill making cyber bullying of a child a crime

Under the bill, cyber harassment of a child would be a third-degree misdemeanor.

3 days ago


 Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are sworn in Jan. 6.

Audit shows Pennsylvania Legislature's surplus at $161 million

The Legislature has created no special rules to limit the use of the money, and such a large surplus is nearly unheard of in other states.

3 days ago


 Ken Gormley is dean of the Duquesne University School of Law.

Senate GOP may not fill 2 vacancies on Pennsylvania’s high court

Gov. Tom Wolf’s package of nominees to fill two vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court fell apart Monday.

3 days ago


 The bill passed the House Liquor Control Committee on party lines with Democrats opposing.

Pennsylvania liquor privatization bill clears House committee

The proposal would allow the sale of wine at grocery stores; beer distributors would be allowed to sell six-packs, 12-packs and cases.

3 days ago


 Col. Marcus Brown grew up in Cumberland County and earned a business degree from Penn State.

Wolf's pick to lead Pa. State Police draws ire over wearing uniform on job

A group of retired troopers takes issue with Col. Marcus Brown, former Maryland police commissioner, wearing the uniform.

4 days ago


 People dance in the stands during Thon, the year-long student fundraiser, which culminates with the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday.

Penn State’s Thon 2015 raises $13.02 million

Since 1977, Penn State raised more than $127 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund based out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

4 days ago


 Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf.

After the campaign for Pennsylvania governor, the fund-raising continues

A look at this year's governor's race show how money is ever-present in the political process.

5 days ago


 Pedro Rivera

Under Pedro Rivera, a new direction for Pennsylvania education policy

Pennsylvania’s acting education secretary Pedro Rivera wants equitable funding for all school districts.

5 days ago


 Thomas K. Kistler, president judge of Centre County Common Pleas Court.

Pennsylvania high court nominee in hot seat over 'Christmas' email

Thomas K. Kistler, president judge of Centre County Court, may have distributed an email that could be viewed as racially insensitive.

6 days ago


 Jerry Sandusky and attorney Karl Rominger, right, leave the Centre County Courthouse in 2012 following the first day of testimony in Sandusky's trial.

Jerry Sandusky's ex-lawyer charged with stealing $535,000

Investigators say Karl Rominger, 41, stole the money from three separate clients.

6 days ago


Six vie for Democratic Party endorsements in Pennsylvania race for high court seats

The Democratic State Committee is scheduled to vote on the endorsements Saturday as it winds up a two-day meeting in Hershey.

6 days ago


 Typically, a large portion of the meteor is lost to light and heat in the atmosphere that produces the fireball.

500-pound meteor streaks through Western Pennsylvania sky, captured on cameras

The sonic boom and explosion produced a burst of light that, for an instant, was comparable in size to the sun.

1 week ago


Former state education spokesman to head a charter school organization

Timothy Eller will be the executive director of the Keystone Alliance for Charter Schools, which will represent about two dozen schools.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania Senate passes proposed amendment on nonprofit tax exemptions

If passed by the House, the proposed amendment would appear on a ballot for approval by Pennsylvania voters.

1 week ago


 Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania's Gov. Wolf slams visit by Fla. governor

Gov. Wolf’s office calls it a “political stunt”; Florida’s GOP governor says he’s coming to woo companies to the more tax-friendly South.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania PUC bureau pushes Uber to release trip data

The enforcement bureau wants Uber to provide trip data, in keeping with a July 28 secretarial letter from the PUC commissioners.

1 week ago


One dead in stabbing at meat processing plant outside Philadelphia

Authorities say the men were involved in a fight at around 8 a.m. today at the JBS facility in Franconia.

1 week ago


 Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Former Pa. treasurer pleads guilty to charges of attempted extortion

His plea agreement states that the maximum sentence for the two counts of attempted extortion is 40 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf gets personal with legislators from both parties

Gov. Tom Wolf is known to just drop in at the offices of Republican and Democratic legislators for get-acquainted and policy meetings.

1 week ago


 Ammon Ripple, faith organizer with Equality Pennsylvania, speaks at a prayer breakfast Monday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Hampton.

LGBT prayer breakfast speakers call for greater equality, civil rights

The event sponsored by Equality PA focused on efforts to pass a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

1 week ago


 Penn State president Eric J. Barron

Penn State accepts recommendations to cut sexual violence

To start, Eric Barron said, a full-time Title IX coordinator will be hired and resources will be allocated for a stand-alone office.

1 week ago


Schools, flights canceled as snow storm hits Philadelphia

Dozens of suburban districts also cancelled classes today. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m.

1 week ago


Hot flashes may persist for 14 years, study finds

Conventional wisdom has it that hot flashes, which afflict as many as 80 percent of middle-aged women, usually persist for just a few years.

1 week ago


 An electronic billboard flashes images of the American flag.

Presidents Day lacks a clear focus, but it’s a holiday worth celebrating

According to the historians, the federal government still officially calls it Washington’s Birthday.

1 week ago


 Pat Toomey, his wife, Kris, and son Duncan.

Kris Toomey swims, bikes, runs to fight her mother's cancer

Kris Toomey, wife to Pennsylvania’s Republican senator, is in training for a 140.6-mile run, ride and swim in Lake Placid, N.Y.

1 week ago


 Political activist Gene Stilp's inflatable pink pig on the steps of the state Capitol in September 2010.

Pennsylvania political activist Gene Stilp will retire

Pennsylvania’s top political gadfly, Gene Stilp, who frequently used an inflated pig to criticize government officials, is retiring.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf

Governor places moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

The moratorium will remain in effect until the governor receives and reviews a report of a task force established by the Senate in 2011.

1 week ago


 Kenneth Diggs of Baltimore rides on the Pennsylvanian, a passenger train that runs between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

Report: Improvements to Pittsburgh-Harrisburg train service would be costly

The Keystone West High Speed Rail study, which was begun by PennDOT in 2011, looked at four options for improving service in the corridor.

2 weeks ago


Lawyers for ex-Penn State president Spanier, others signal new round of appeals

In addition, former athletic director Tim Curley's attorneys filed an application for extraordinary relief to the state Supreme Court.

1 week ago


House committee debates Common Core, Keystone exam requirements

The House Education Committee heard testimony on two proposals that may affect what the state’s public school students have to learn.

2 weeks ago


 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen, greet Christine Dujmic, left, of Elizabeth, as her husband, Brandon, looks on with their 5-month-old son Isaac, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Waterworks mall near Aspinwall.

Rick and Karen Santorum's book shares daughter’s struggle with rare disease

About 100 people — some of whom knew the Santorums personally — turned out at Barnes & Noble in Waterworks Mall.

2 weeks ago


 Mayor Michael Nutter, center, and other officials cheer during a conference call with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, over news that the city was chosen to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Philadelphia to host Dems, Cleveland the GOP. Where does Pittsburgh lean?

Pittsburgh is a purple battleground between the 2016 political convention sites and the next presidential candidate.

2 weeks ago


 Wayne Fontana speaks during a July press conference to announce his support for ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber.

Sen. Fontana re-introduces ride share legislation

Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, said Senate bill 447 addresses safety and liability issues that arose during PUC hearings in the fall.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay has "hit the pause button" on implementing new body cameras.

Pittsburgh delays implementing more body cameras, calls on legislators for change

Several local law enforcement officials asked legislators to amend the state wiretap law to allow for the easier use of body cameras.

2 weeks ago


Penn State set to receive Big Ten bowl revenue

PSU was dealt a four-year bowl revenue ban in 2012, a decision that stemmed from the Sandusky scandal.

2 weeks ago


 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair

Rep. Murphy grills federal officials over report on mental-health services

Rep. Tim Murphy said the government isn’t properly serving people with mental illness.

2 weeks ago



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