State


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in March.
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Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in March.

Pennsylvania hospitals worried about Gov. Wolf's budget plan

Medicare payments to hospitals now cover less than 90 percent of cost of care, according to the American Hospital Association.


Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.



Attorney seeks to bar release of video in police shooting in Dauphin County

Authorities allege that Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot 59-year-old David Kassick twice in the back during a traffic stop.



Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached.


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Harrisburg to observe Lincoln funeral train on Tuesday

National Park Service will mark the anniversary of that somber stop with an event at the state Capitol featuring Lincoln actor Fritz Klein.



Raising 'free-range kids': bad parenting or good life lessons?

Case of “free-range” parents in Maryland sparks discussion on childhood freedoms.


 

World


China ruling golf out of bounds

In recent reports, state-run news outlets have depicted gofg as yet another temptation that has led Communist Party officials astray.



Sale of U.S. arms fuels the wars of Arab states

The proxy wars in Middle East have resulted in a boom for U.S. defense industry from overseas sales at a time of shrinking Pentagon budgets.


 
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Another contractor charged in PennDOT corruption case

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane last year announced charges against 12 other individuals in connection with the probe.


 

Portfolio


Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.



Animal Tales: Flightless robin became a curious guest one spring

We named him Rothchild. He set up shop in our garden’s birdhouse for weeks, grounded but proving a good companion for my coffee hour.


 

Early Returns


Pawlowski running for Senate?

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (allentownmayor.com) Our friend Laura Olson of the Allentown Morning Call, along with her


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio smiles during his announcement he is running for the Republican nomination, at a rally at the Freedom



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