Senate Bill 4 is opposed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, right, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Controversial proposal for nonprofit amendment advances in Pennsylvania

The proposal could lead to a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature more authority over determining tax exemptions for nonprofits.

about 20 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with those attending an Equality Pennsylvania networking breakfast this morning in Harrisburg. He's urging passage of a anti-discrimination bill.

Gov. Wolf urges passage of non-discrimination bill

Tom Wolf told attendees of an Equality Pennsylvania networking breakfast that corporations support such protections

about 9 hours ago

 The latest bipartisan proposal in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow certain patients with a doctor's recommendation to purchase and use marijuana sold at licensed centers.

Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol

Gov. Tom Wolf, who supported medical marijuana during his campaign, met Tuesday with families advocating for its legalization.

about 21 hours ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto

Pennsylvania nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

The proposed amendment would give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are charities deserving tax exemptions.

1 day ago

 Fishing boats ride out the storm at dock today in Scituate, Mass. The winter storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early todayy, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.

National Weather Service to evaluate work after missed call on storm

Parts of Long Island and New England are getting slammed. But many parts of New Jersey received less than 4 inches.

1 day ago

Pike County district attorney will seek death penalty against Eric Frein

Mr. Frein is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding another trooper at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove on Sept.

1 day ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at The Waterfront complex in Homestead last summer.

Ride-share company Lyft to launch in Philadelphia

The San Francisco-based company said it plans to offer its service starting at 6 p.m. Friday

1 day ago

 Erik Arneson was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett days before Gov. Tom Wolf took office.

Lawsuit challenges Wolf's firing of open records director

The suit argues that the actions violate both the constitutional principle of separation of powers and the right-to-know law.

1 day ago

 All of the Pennsylvania Lottery's Pick games will be drawn twice daily.

New names, game on tap for Pennsylvania Lottery

The new game is Pick 2, and other longtime games also will bear the “Pick” name.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders shortly after his swearing-in Tuesday.

Open government advocate urges Wolf to reconsider firing

A group says the governor’s action could lead to firings by future governors who dislike the agency’s rulings and erode its authority.

2 days ago

 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Judge to rule on release of Frein police shooting video

Several media outlets are opposing a motion filed by the Pike County district attorney that seeks to seal the Eric Frein shooting video.

4 days ago

 The PLCB lost two of its four Special Liquor Order data entry employees last summer, and has been running behind ever since.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ends 'special order' wine and spirits stoppage

Wine and spirits vendors can once again ask the state for permission to sell their hard-to-find products in Pennsylvania.

4 days ago

 Erik Arneson was appointed to the open records post in the last days of the Corbett administration.

Fired Pennsylvania open-records director shows up for work; acting director, too

Erik Arneson, appointed director by Gov. Tom Corbett in his final days in office, had been stripped of his keys and parking permit.

4 days ago

 President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the economy Wednesday at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to visit Philadelphia next week for the House Democratic Caucus.

Obama, Biden to visit Philadelphia for House Democratic event

The three-day gathering of the House Democratic Caucus runs from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.

5 days ago

 The documents filed on the PUC website Thursday state, “Lyft will not permit the use of vehicles older than eight model years.”

Lyft files compliance plan; Uber releases driver survey data

Ride-sharing company Lyft files plan with PUC. Uber publicly releases study of its drivers in U.S.

5 days ago

 Former state Rep. Erin Molchany has been named director of Gov. Tom Wolf’s southwestern Pennsylvania office.

Erin Molchany heads Wolf's southwest office

The former state representative, who lost her seat through redistricting, will be Gov. Tom Wolf’s liaison with southwestern Pennsylvania.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month

The seasonally adjusted rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 4.8 percent in December from 5.1 percent in November.

4 days ago

Retired Pennsylvania Turnpike worker gets stiff prison term for child porn

John Longo, 58, of Hempfield pleaded guilty last year.

4 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pennsylvania court places hold on prosecution of Attorney General Kane

No charges can be filed against Attorney General Kathleen Kane until the Supreme Court rules on the special prosecutor in the case.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board has temporarily halted the permitting process by which “special order” wine and spirits are approved for sale in the state.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board puts a stopper in special liquor orders

The PLCB has “closed the gates” on the approval of new special-order wine and liquor, aggravating delays for Pennsylvania vendors.

6 days ago

 In 2010, Pennsylvania was one of nine states found to be “dangerously behind” in enacting safety laws.

Pennsylvania driving laws rated middle of road

Laws have improved, but the state still is barely above the worst rating and has miles to go, said the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.

6 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey

Toomey could face tight Senate re-election race

A Public Policy Polling survey suggests a tight re-election battle for the Republican, whose approval rating has dropped since June.

6 days ago

Prosecutors say 22 arrested in Pa. prescription drug forgery ring

AG Kathleen Kane said members of the ring obtained more than 59,000 oxycodone pills using forged prescriptions and stolen information.

6 days ago

Traffic restriction scheduled on Pennsylvania Turnpike

The restriction will be in place from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a three-mile stretch between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley.

6 days ago

Pennsylvania tax-exempt nonprofits bill opposed

The bill could lead to a statewide vote on the issue and, ultimately, a constitutional amendment.

6 days ago

 Students study on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

IUP wants to charge full-time students per credit

If approved, the change would occur this fall as a two-year pilot program subject to regular review by university.

6 days ago

Pennsylvania bill would let voters say who gives tax exemptions

SB 4 would let voters decide -whether to amend the constitution to give legislators power to define what constitutes a nonprofit.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is the first woman and first Democrat elected to the office.

Grand jury report says Kane could face perjury charge

The panel's findings are only advisory. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman must decide whether to file charges.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf greets supporters and cabinet members after being sworn into office Tuesday inside the Governor's Reception Room at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

'We can lead today,' says Pennsylvania's new governor Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf said he will devote his administration to the goals of jobs that pay, schools that teach and a government that works.

1 week ago

Alert system's flaws highlighted during Jan. 5 emergency near Morgantown

FCC rules do not allow state and local governments to test the wireless alert system, but a working group is looking at the issue.

1 week ago

 Governor-elect Tom Wolf

Poll on eve of inauguration shows wide support for Wolf

Wolf enters office buoyed by high expectations from voters.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania agrees to $49 million settlement over public benefits

Pennsylvania has agreed to a $49 million settlement with the federal government, which said the state improperly paid public benefits.

1 week ago

Study raises concerns over wastewater from drilling

Duke University study finds hazardous chemicals related to oil and gas driling in Appalachian region waterways

1 week ago

State pushing compressed gas fueling stations for transit

Buses would run on natural gas that is still much cheaper than diesel.

1 week ago

A schedule of today's inaugural events

An itinerary of today’s inaugural events includes an open house at the governor’s residence and the inauguration gala tonight.

1 week ago

 Nathaniel Dunkle and Jason Wingenroth help assemble the grand stands along Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg in preparation for the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

All in the details: Culinary spread planned for Gov.-elect Wolf's inauguration gala

The party starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, following the swearing-in of Democrat Tom Wolf at noon at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.

1 week ago

 Pope Francis stretches out his hand to touch devotees as he arrives at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday.

Pope's September trip to Philadelphia may include visit to children's hospital or jail

The potential Philly stops are among the latest details to emerge about Francis' September visit, his first to the U.S. since becoming pope.

1 week ago

 Pedro Rivera

Lancaster schools head tapped to join Cabinet

Mr. Wolf also announced that former state representative Kathy Manderino is his pick to lead the Department of Labor & Industry.

1 week ago

Pres­er­va­tion­ists fight for fire-dam­aged Sun­bury prison

County of­fi­cials have called the North­um­ber­land County Prison in Sun­bury a to­tal loss that can­not be re­built at its cur­rent

1 week ago

 Frances Wolf and husband, Tom, at their local polling station, Eagle Fire Co. in Mount Wolf., on Election Day last year.

First lady Frances Wolf will be her own woman

The wife of the new governor is a working artist with a record of community involvement but is likely to keep a low profile.

1 week ago

 The Pennsylvania State Archives Building in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania has a new archivist to go with a new archives building

David Carmicheal, Pennsylvania’s new state archivist, is overseeing construction of a new archive warehouse for thousands of records.

1 week ago

At least three die on icy Philadelphia roads

Interstate 76 was closed in both directions, as were some bridges to New Jersey.

1 week ago

Wolf announces three cabinet secretaries, physician general

Ted Dallas at Human Services, Karen Murphy at Health, Gary Tennis at Drug and Alcohol Programs and Rachel Levine as the physician general.

1 week ago

Incoming governor's task force projects budget deficit of $2.33 billion

In November, the state Independent Fiscal Office projected that Pennsylvania would face a shortfall of $1.85 billion.

1 week ago

 Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, keeps a wall of sticky notes, pre-paid credits for pizza for people in need.

At Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, customers pay it forward to help the homeless

Rosa’s has served 8,500 slices to homeless people after customers began paying the shop to hand out the slices.

1 week ago

 The Urban Redevelopment Authority hopes to find a compatible reuse for the 100-year-old landmark Hunt Armory.

URA hopes to acquire Hunt Armory in Shadyside for redevelopment

The Urban Redevelopment Authority is negotiating with the state to buy the 100-year-old landmark and seek a developer.

1 week ago

 Penn State University President Eric J. Barron speaks Friday after Penn State trustees voted to accept a proposed settlement of a lawsuit between the NCAA and state  officials as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. At left is trustee Kathleen L. Casey. At right is chairman of the trustees, Keith Masser.

Proposed NCAA deal would restore football wins for Penn State, Joe Paterno

The new deal would direct a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania and would resolve the lawsuit.

1 week ago

 Former Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Former justice Melvin agrees to disbarment

Joan Orie Melvin submitted the resignation of her law license on Dec. 9. That resignation was accepted Thursday by the Supreme Court.

1 week ago

 Penn State's president is proposing a tuition freeze at eight Commonwealth campuses next year, including most in Western Pennsylvania. His proposal does not mention tuition plans for the main University Park campus, above.

Tuition freeze proposed for PSU branch campuses

The plan also would limit increases to 1.8 percent or 2.4 percent at 11 locations statewide, not including the main University Park campus.

1 week ago

 Police on the scene where a Temple University student fell eight stories while taking photographs from a dorm room Thursday night.

Temple University student dies in fall from dorm; pedestrian hurt

The younger woman was transported by medics to the hospital with severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

1 week ago


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