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 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf scrapping controversial assets test for food stamps

Previously, anyone applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was subject to an “assets” test.

about 8 hours ago


Phila. mom faces charges after 4 kids locked in basement for 15 hours

Firefighters broke through a second-floor window to enter the locked home.

53 minutes ago


 State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection.

Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control

In Pennsylvania, the rise in gun sales and transfers over the last few years has been dramatic.

1 day ago


 Superior Court judge candidate Robert J. Colville.

Pa. Superior Court candidates chasing seat formerly held by a parent

Democrats Robert Colville of Allegheny County and Alice Dubow of Philadelphia seek party nomination for Superior Court seat.

1 day ago


 Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini is retiring in September.

Two Democrats and one Republican compete for Pa. Commonwealth Court position

This year’s race for the uniquely Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court pits three veteran attorneys against each other for one spot.

1 day ago


Kane taking UPMC-Highmark consent decree dispute to court

The state attorney general plans to file a motion Monday to enforce the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark

2 days ago


Report says higher incomes will feel more of Wolf tax plan

Residents with incomes of more than $100,000 would bear nearly two-thirds of the increased tax burden, according to the report.

2 days ago


 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Jan. 21 in Philadelphia.

Judge delays contempt hearing for Attorney General Kane

The criminal contempt hearing, which had been scheduled for Monday, will be rescheduled at the request of the attorneys in the case.

3 days ago


Dauphin County DA says he plans to release video of fatal shooting

The video was taken by a camera on Officer Lisa Mearkle’s stun gun. She has been charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

2 days ago


Gun culture in Pennsylvania: An index to coverage

The Post-Gazette is exploring the varied subcultures among firearms owners in Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf

Judge blocks agreement by Wolf, care workers

The order came in a lawsuit by a group of care providers and recipients who claim the executive order is an attempt to unionize the workers.

3 days ago


 Ted Dallas is Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to lead the Department of Human Services.

Home-care workers issue dominates confirmation hearing for Wolf nominee

Ted Dallas is Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to to head the Department of Human Services.

4 days ago


State DEP awards grants worth $41K in county

Grants totaling $304,137 have been awarded to schools, universities, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations in Allegheny County.

3 days ago


White powdery substance found in Rep. Doyle's office

Part of the Cannon House Office Building in the U.S. Capitol complex was shut down. Test results were negative and the area was reopened.

4 days ago


 A close-up look at an adult female, an adult male, nymph and larva ticks.

Counties issue Lyme disease warnings in Pennsylvania

The blacklegged tick that transmits Lyme disease now exists statewide, with Pennsylvania leading the nation in Lyme disease cases.

5 days ago


Court rules that people denied public housing can appeal

The case involved Danella Bray, who was denied a place to live by the McKeesport Housing Authority in February 2013.

3 days ago


AG Kane hires former Rendell spokesman to get her message out

Chuck Ardo began work today as the seventh spokesperson to work for Kane since she took office in January 2013.

4 days ago


 MedExpress Logo

Optum buys clinic operator MedExpress

The deal appears to align with a national trend that has insurers investing in such freestanding clinics.

6 days ago


 The funding lawsuit was brought in November by six school districts, parents and other groups claiming that Pennsylvania’s funding system fails to meet the state’s obligation to students in poorer school districts.

Pennsylvania's school funding dispute headed to state's high court

Commonwealth Court said the level of annual funding needed for students to meet educational standards is a decision for the Legislature.

5 days ago


 Acting State Education secretary, Pedro Rivera, speaks at Westinghouse High School.

Full Senate will vote on Rivera for education post

The committee on Tuesday approved Gov. Tom Wolf’s choice of Pedro Rivera as education secretary, sending the nomination to the full Senate.

5 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf.

State opposes putting challenge to its email policy on fast track

News organizations believe the state's email practices violate due process rights of people seeking release of public documents.

5 days ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the state Supreme Court room March 11 in Philadelphia. The court heard arguments on the legality of a special prosecutor who led a grand jury investigation. The grand jury has recommended charges against her.

Ex-agent sues Attorney General Kane over sting case

The agent says Kathleen Kane falsely told the public he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites.

6 days ago


 Hummelstown Police officer Lisa Mearkle arrives at the West Hanover office of District Justice Lowell Witmer with her attorney Brian Perry today.

Judge rules that no decision needed yet regarding video of officer shooting man in Dauphin County

Lisa Mearkle, a police officer in Hummelstown, was charged with killing David Kassick, who the police say was unarmed.

5 days ago


 Former FBI director Louis Freeh speaks about the Penn State-commissioned Freeh Report during a news conference in Philadelphia in 2012.

Seven Penn State trustees want access to records used for Freeh report

The petition seeks to force the school to let them see everything the Freeh team reviewed, gathered and produced.

6 days ago


 Federal law enforcement depends on thousands of informants to help with criminal cases. But a review of 154 recent federal acquittals nationally found that 1 in 6 involved informant problems.

Justice officials launch another investigation of DEA payments to informants

The agency’s spending on secret sources has increased much faster than its overall budget.

1 week ago


Critical report prompts actions at Philadelphia VA office

The changes are in response to a scathing report the VA Office of Inspector General released last week.

6 days ago


Central Pennsylvania police officer waives hearing in man’s death

Lisa Mearkle, an officer in Hummelstown, was charged in the shooting death in February of David Kassick, who police say was unarmed.

6 days ago


Police officer charged with fatal shooting in Dauphin County waives preliminary hearing

Lisa Mearkle, an officer in Hummelstown, was charged in the shooting death in February of David Kassick, who the police say was unarmed.

6 days ago


Police officer charged with homicide in shooting death in Dauphin County

Two months before a police officer shot a South Carolina motorist in the back, David Kassick was killed by a Pennsylvania officer.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


Judge denies request that would further postpone trial for former PSU officials

Judge Richard A. Lewis issued an order finding no errors that would justify the defendants’ appeal of a January ruling.

1 week ago


Woman charged with attempted homicide in amputated leg case

Precious Richardson Coleman was charged after a vehicle she was driving pinned a woman against a porch in North Philadelphia.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

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

1 week ago


 Former Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Ex-justice Orie Melvin sends out apology letters to state judiciary

In the letters, Joan Orie Melvin acknowledges the harm caused by her crimes and says she accepts responsibility.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


 Kevin Kless, 23, was beaten to death by three men in Philadelphia in January 2012.

Two Philadelphia bars to pay $7 million to settle fatal beating

Kevin Kless was trying to hail a taxi and yelled at a cab that declined to stop when three men passing by thought he was speaking to them.

1 week ago


 Highmark says UPMC has been using a loophole in Medicare law to extravagantly overbill insurers for cancer therapies since 2010.

Seniors are getting caught in health giant tug-of-war

If Highmark’s Medicare clients lose UPMC access next year, will the divorce agreement between UPMC and Highmark offer seniors any comfort?

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf camp disputes assertion of home-care ‘union ballot’

Union representation isn’t the same as collective bargaining, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and the SEIU.

1 week ago


Ex-Philadelphia drug officer admits 'thousands' of crimes, lies

The ex-officer said he and others in his undercover unit routinely lied to judges and juries after planting evidence, stealing drug money.

1 week ago


Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

Inspectors found the VA manipulated data, mishandled mail and caused veterans to wait an average of 10 months to resolve claims.

1 week ago


 Act 192 has already spawned lawsuits against Pittsburgh and three other municipalities.

Court weighs Pittsburgh, Philadelphia lawsuit against new gun law

The controversial law allows groups like the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws that go beyond Act 192.

1 week ago


Pa. table games bring in record revenue in March

Together, the 12 casinos generated $69.7 million in revenue from table games in March. But Pittsburgh-area casinos didn’t fare as well.

1 week ago


 The plans of both House Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf would boost the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent.

State House Republicans plan tax bill similar to Gov. Wolf's

House Republican leaders plan to boost the personal income tax and sales tax rates in order to reduce school district property taxes.

1 week ago


4 a.m. bar closings proposed to stem 'brain drain' in Pennsylvania

The measure is not aimed at neighborhood bars, but at "designated entertainment zones away from residential neighborhoods."

1 week ago


GOP Rep. Grell named executive director of Pa. teacher pension system

Grell served on the board of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System from 2009 until January.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania DAs take aim at Wolf's death penalty moratorium

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association released a friend-of-the-court brief today.

1 week ago


Low wages weigh on Pennsylvania nursing home workers trying to get by

Nursing home workers depend on the state to help them as they are helping others.

1 week ago


 “The concern right now, in my opinion, is that we don’t have enough providers to meet the current need,” Dr. Neil Capretto said.

Despite many addiction treatment specialists, Pa. faces rising demand

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the number of mental health professionals, but it is losing more of them than most states to retirement.

2 weeks ago



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