Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks at a news conference earlier this year in Philadelphia.

State Senate panel recommends hearing on removing Kane from office

The state Constitution provides for the removal of officeholders through a vote of two-thirds of the Senate and action by the governor.

about 5 hours ago

 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus

Trooper Patrick R. Casey suffered a “flesh wound” to his shoulder, state police Capt. James Raykovitz said.

about 18 hours ago

Judicial board to decide whether to charge justice in email scandal

Justice Eakin is under investigation for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judge.

about 18 hours ago

Prosecutors appeal order on Sandusky accuser's complaint

The judge’s order requires prosecutors to re-evaluate the case to see whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing charges.

about 5 hours ago

 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia in which a state trooper was shot in the shoulder.

Teen charged as adult in Philadelphia trooper shooting

Giovanny Cotto was charged as an adult with criminal attempt to murder and other charges.

about 8 hours ago

 Tyree Blocker.

Confirmation hearing for Pa. police commissioner nominee goes smoothly

Committee has passed along Tyree Blocker’s nomination to the full state Senate.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

State Senate backs off plan to attempt veto override on budget

Senate Republicans threaten, then call off a planned vote to override Gov.Wolf’s veto of a short-term bill.

about 18 hours ago

While Senate panel ponders AG Kane's authority, House lawmaker ponders impeachment proceedings

Some Democrats are fighting back and asking why the participants in an email scandal are not being equally scrutinized.

about 22 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Republicans told him Friday that they could not secure enough rank-and-file support for a 21 percent sales tax increase that they had proposed as the linchpin to a budget deal and school property-tax package.

Wolf says ball in GOP's court after budget deal blowup

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most.

1 day ago

 An Uber app is shown as cars drive by.

Pa. Senate advances bill to authorize car services

Bill would set safety standards and insurance requirements for companies and drivers.

about 21 hours ago

 A school bus catches fire following a chase along I-676 in  Philadelphia in which a vehicle rear-ended the bus and then shot a state trooper in the shoulder.

Pennsylvania state trooper shot along Philadelphia highway

A Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman says the trooper was shot and taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.

1 day ago

 The 32,400-square-foot, 18-bedroom mansion built by Joseph Nocito in Bell Acres.

IRS closing in on Bell Acres mansion owner

Joe Nocito’s secretary pleads guilty to conspiring with her boss to shield $27 million by using his companies to pay for personal expenses.

1 day ago

 Dan Harding, an East End medical research coordinator, has developed software that allows people to compare health plans.

Pittsburgh man develops software that aims to become 'Turbo Tax' of health care

Dan Harding has developed software that compares health plans, which could be helpful during the open enrollment periods now underway.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf says budget agreement in 'deep peril'

Monday night, the Senate took up a proposal to eliminate property taxes by raising sales and personal income taxes, a plan Mr. Wolf opposes.

1 day ago

 Drivers who injure workers in construction zones will face more serious penalties next year.

Legislature approves stricter punishments for drivers who injure construction workers

The governor has indicated he will sign the bill, a measure meant to limit injuries and deaths to workers in construction zones.

2 days ago

Organ donation campaign takes playful approach to Pittsburgh-Philadelphia rivalry

Here and in Philly, billboards use city loyalties to solicit donor sign-ups.

2 days ago

Philadelphia DA says training helped prosecutors named in scandal

AG Kane had accused two of the men of concocting an investigation of her over her threats to publicize porn emails.

2 days ago

House passes bill keeping jurors' names, addresses private

Bill would make that exemption unless otherwise ordered by courts.

1 day ago

 Syrian born George E. Khallouf of Allentown and Marwan Sabbagh of Allentown cheer and thumbs up Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski during his speech supporting Syrian refugees at the interfaith event Sunday.

Fear keeps Syrian refugees away from welcoming event in Allentown

The event was intended as a welcome for seven Syrian families who arrived in Allentown over the past few weeks.

2 days ago

 As the state budget impasse continues, concerns are growing that tax credit programs that provide up to $150 million in scholarships for students in grades K-12 statewide could be eliminated this year.

State budget impasse jeopardizing private school stipends

Tax credit scholarships threatened by the state budget impasse include $5 million expected by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

2 days ago

 Legislators in states with an uptick in crude-by-rail traffic have passed laws and changed policies. But Pennsylvania’s Legislature has not.

Crude oil train safety: no action from Pennsylvania lawmakers

Other states with heavy crude-by-rail traffic have passed various laws to address safety. Pennsylvania legislators have not.

3 days ago

 Marie Jarrah, co-owner of the Damascus Restaurant, speaks during an interview Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. Dozens of Syrian refugee families are being resettled in the Allentown area in part because the city is already home to one of the nation's largest population of Syrians, who began settling here in the late 1800s.

In America's Little Syria - in Allentown, Pa. - a divide on accepting refugees

Pennsylvania’s third-largest city is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of Syrians.

5 days ago

 Janet Powell-Dailey

Phila. funeral home director arrested after bodies found in garage

Police were called to a garage in August after neighbors investigating a foul odor stumbled upon the bodies.

5 days ago

Lehigh professor, wife convicted of fraud in $700,000 NASA contract

Yujie Ding and his wife proposed a program in 2009 to develop a cutting edge sensor that NASA would use to track climate change.

5 days ago

Pa. House approves liquor privatization bill

The House passed the measure in a mostly party-line vote, and it now moves to the Senate.

5 days ago

 Attorney general candidate David Fawcett.

Pittsburgh attorney David Fawcett to run for state attorney general

The lawyer is known for his legal battle against A.T. Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship.

5 days ago

Penn State’s alumni-elected trustees will have access to Freeh documents

The university will have 45 days to turn over materials deemed privileged or confidential and 20 days to provide materials that are not.

5 days ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane will review the court's decision and issue a statement about her next steps by mid-next week, a spokesman said.

Pa. court says porn emails aren't public records under state law

President Judge Dan Pellegrini says the transmissions are not public records just because they were sent through agency accounts.

5 days ago

Pa. senators clash on vetting process for refugees

Bob Casey says security provisions already in place are adequate; Pat Toomey says close the borders to refugees immediately.

1 week ago

Bill advances to bar disclosure of police names in use-of-force incidents

The bill to bar disclosure of  names of police under investigation in shootings or other incidents now moves to the Pennsylvania Senate.

1 week ago

 Kiah Harrington-Wymer, left, would have played Mahari, and Logan Honsaker, right, would have played Sushil in “Jesus in India.”

Clarion play cancellation generates national discussion on diversity, casting decisions

The university’s production of “Jesus in India” blew up in controversy, but not because of the use of profanity and sexual activity.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane had her law license suspended last month.

Deputy AG: Kane's license suspension has had 'profound and extraordinary' effect

First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer told a Senate panel that he believes the office can continue to have the authority to function.

6 days ago

Nonpartisan coalition calls for more voter access

Keystone Votes initiative seeks early voting, voting by mail and same-day registration, which are already in place in many other state.

1 week ago

 Beaver Stadium gates will open 30 minutes earlier than usual for Saturday's game against Michigan.

Penn State beefing up security for Saturday's football game against Michigan

One change is that gates to Beaver Stadium will open at 10 a.m. for the noon game, 30 minutes earlier than usual.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania bill to regulate online gambling moves ahead

A House committee approved the legislation to have a vehicle in place in case budget negotiations turn to gaming for additional revenue.

6 days ago

Medical marijuana bill advances in the Pennsylvania House

A House vote on the bill could come as soon as next week, but it's not clear if still-unresolved issues will stall the legislation,

6 days ago

 Prior to this year's November election, the state did launch an online-registration initiative which allowed voters to register over the Internet.

Coalition pushes for voting reforms to get more to the polls in Pennsylvania

Keystone Votes is seeking a sweeping overhaul of restrictions on voter registration and access to the polls.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has said that most of her job is administrative and that she has asked senior aides to take care of the small portion of her duties that require a valid law license.

Legal experts stop short of calling for AG Kane’s departure

"We decide that it would be important to know what the current status is of the attorney general's office," the committee chairman said.

1 week ago

As fight with ICA drags on, city claims victory with open records decision

Office of Open Records says authority failed to prove some records, including audits, did not exist.

1 week ago

 “As we see the number of overdoses related to heroin and opioids increase, we’re seeing purity levels come up and we’re seeing prices come down," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle.

As DEA details drug overdoses in Pennsylvania, effort to monitor prescriptions stalls

A state prescription database which doctors could tap before prescribing drugs is on hold because of the budget impasse.

1 week ago

Three kinds of schools in Beaver County to be audited, evaluated

The auditor general will compare costs and educational outcomes of a charter, cyber charter and traditional public school in Midland.

1 week ago

 Bill Wade/Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, PA  December 19, 2013  --  Denise O'Connor, a lactation consultant, left, is starting Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank and Dr. Alan Lantzy, a neonatologist at West Penn Hospital, who is on the board of the bank, pose in one of the hospital's neonatal  Dr. Lantzy joins other doctors at the hospital in starting the funding for the milk bank.    Anya Sostek  HEALTH story slugged: milkbank1223

Donations pouring in to new Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank

Pennsylvania’s first milk bank announces first donations promised to help premature babies in need of health-sustaining breast milk.

1 week ago

 The upcoming Starz series “American Gods” is based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, pictured.

Pittsburgh loses TV series ‘American Gods’ over state budget impasse

The Starz drama planned to film in Western Pennsylvania in early 2016 but has opted to move on due to the state budget impasse.

1 week ago

 Judges with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission plan to recommend a $50 million fine — its largest ever.

PUC judges recommend $50 million fine for Uber

Judges with the the Public Utility Commission underscored the litany of frustrations with the San Francisco ride-sharing company.

1 week ago

 In Rep. Mike Turzai's bill, wholesale system would be leased to any importer licensed by the PLCB for 10 years.

Pa. House committee's liquor privatization bill passes in party-line vote

The measure, which leaves open the possibility for later changes, seen as a vehicle for a possible bi-partisan agreement tied to budget

1 week ago

 Since the proposal to change the age passed the House and Senate in 2013 and then the House again in February and the Senate through a 36-13 vote Monday, it now goes to the voters.

Pennsylvania voters will decide next year if judges can work to age 75

The Senate’s vote Monday was the last step to get the proposed state constitutional amendment on the ballot in April 2016.

1 week ago

Wolf orders flags in Pa. lowered in honor of Paris attacks victims

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset Thursday.

1 week ago

The meek will inherit the Earth?

A mass extinction called the Hangenberg event led to a reduction in vertebrate size for around 40 million years afterward.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania has a rich, multi-century tradition of accepting immigrants and that that should continue.

Wolf says Pennsylvania will accept Syrian refugees

Texas and Alabama governors are refusing to allow Syrian refugees to relocate in their states following the Paris terrorist attacks.

1 week ago

Chicago man killed in I-80 crash

The victim was driving west on the highway’s eastbound side, police said.

1 week ago