Pa. lawmakers propose moving presidential primary even earlier

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

about 8 hours ago

Inmates’ mental health advocate begins today

Lynn Patrone’s position grew out of a federal lawsuit challenging the treatment of state prison inmates with mental health issues.

about 8 hours ago

Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.

3 days ago

 The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to enforce speed limits along the Northeast Corridor after last week’s deadly train derailment in Philadelphia.

Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.

4 days ago

 Xiaoxing Xi, chairman of Temple University’s physics department.

Temple U. suspends professor accused of selling sensitive information to China

Xi Xiaoxing, 47, a former professor at Penn State, was awarded a Defense Department grant in 2004 to purchase the device for research.

3 days ago

 “I think it’s just another good amenity to add and see what kind of revenue can be derived,” State Rep. Nick Kotik said.

Could slot machines be headed to Pennsylvania's international airports?

State Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Coraopolis, said he intends to introduce a bill that would allow the installation of slot machines.

5 days ago

Holiday weekend may start with frost

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a possibility of frost on Friday night and Saturday morning.

5 days ago

Unions: Amtrak engineer had grueling shift before Philadelphia derailment

The train arrived 26 minutes late, leaving  the engineer about an hour to rest and eat before his trip back to New York.

5 days ago

State police say 4 killed in crash while fleeing after burglary

Authorities say a cruiser had been pursuing the car until its driver went onto a dirt road in Wayne Township, Erie County, and hit the tree.

4 days ago

 The primary election for the Supreme Court seats featured little rancor, with candidates touting their own qualifications and refraining from attacks.

Three Allegheny County judges win Supreme Court nominations

Democrats David Wecht and Christine Donohue and Republican Judith Olson are among six candidates for three Supreme Court seats in November.

6 days ago

 Michael H. Wojcik

Ex-solicitor has lead in appellate court race

Michael H. Wojcik of Fox Chapel defeated Todd Eagan, 47, of Dunmore for the Democratic nomination for Commonwealth Court.

6 days ago

Motorcycle deaths down in U.S., up in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there were 186 motorcycle fatalities last year, up from 181 the year before, according to PennDOT.

5 days ago

 Jennifer Staley McCrady

McCrady, Regan, capture nominations for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Hugh McGough claims Democratic nomination while P.J. Murray finished third on Republican slate.

6 days ago

 The school funding case was filed in November by six school districts, seven parents and two statewide associations.

Commonwealth Court decision on Pa. school funding appealed

The plaintiffs maintain that state officials are failing to meet their constitutional obligation for an adequate system of public education.

5 days ago

Casino and track developer in Lawrence County bringing in new partners

Endeka Entertainment officials plan to meet today with officials of the state Gaming Control Board.

6 days ago

 Pennsylvania was only 28th highest in growth of new women-owned firms in the last 18 years, a new report says.

Pennsylvania lagging in women-owned businesses, report finds

The state maintains a steady rank for female-owned businesses, but they aren’t growing sales and employees as fast as in other states.

6 days ago

Pennsylvania gets low grades in female political presence, policies

For political participation, Pennsylvania earned a grade of D-minus. The state fares only slightly better on the work and family study.

6 days ago

Instructor pleads guilty in trooper's death

Cpl. Richard Schroeter pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Trooper David Kedra. But the plea did not comfort Trooper Kedra’s family.

6 days ago

 A snowy scene on a road in Murrysville, a short distance off Route 22. A new report said the fatality rate on rural roads in the state was 2.23 per 100 million miles, compared with 0.88 on other roads.

Pennsylvania rural roads among most deficient in U.S., report concludes

In Pennsylvania, 25 percent of rural bridges are structurally deficient, the highest percentage in the nation, the report states.

6 days ago

 A Norfolk-Southern locomotive pulls a line of tanker cars along the Martin Luther King Jr. busway in East Liberty.

Gov. Wolf presses rail companies to voluntarily tighten safety standards

The governor pointed to initiatives, such as lower speed limits and increased inspection frequencies, undertaken by a rival company.

6 days ago

 Alice Beck Dubow

Philadelphia judge beats Colville for Superior Court nomination

Judge Robert J. Colville of Allegheny County made the call around 10:45 p.m. to Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Beck Dubow.

6 days ago

Trial begins for Wilkinsburg man accused of kidnapping

Tex Ortiz claims he did not know he had lost his parental rights at the time he took his 2-year-old daughter.

1 week ago

 Authorities here are watching to see if Sunday's deadly biker gang clash in Waco, Texas, has any implications for gang activities in Western Pennsylvania.

Outlaw biker gangs in Pittsburgh area have splintered over time

Despite prosecutions and jail terms, the biker gangs still maintain a presence in this region and occasionally make very public appearances.

1 week ago

 “We ought to let doctors prescribe the medications that they think their patients need,” Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday.

Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor's residence

Gov. Tom Wolf hosted legalization advocates on Monday to “get the facts out.”

1 week ago

 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter hugs Mary Schaheen, the first passenger in line for Train 110 at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, Monday, May 18, 2015, as Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)

Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and SMART Transportation say two would serve as a check and balance on each other.

6 days ago

Firearms instructor who killed state trooper pleads guilty

Police said Richard Schroeter, 43, was conducting a training session and pulled the trigger while discussing his weapon’s mechanism.

6 days ago

2 unions ratify agreements with state by wide margins

Wolf announced the ratification of one-year labor agreements with members of the AFSCME and with the United Food and Commercial Workers.

6 days ago

 Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, speaks during a service of reflection Sunday at the site of an Amtrak train derailment last week in Philadelphia. The U.S. passenger train operator Amtrak resumed full service in the Northeast Corridor this morning in "complete compliance" with federal safety orders following last week's deadly derailment.

Amtrak trains rolling again between NYC and Philadelphia

Amtrak said trains along the busy route from Washington to Boston would resume in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders.

1 week ago

 Investigators are looking into a report that the Amtrak train had been hit with a projectile.

NTSB: Tapes show no Amtrak engineer report of projectile

A review of conversations to dispatchers shows no mention of anything hitting the train, as one assistant conductor reported.

1 week ago

 Dawn Plummer, left, and wife Diana Polson sit Wednesday with their children Elijah, 6, left, and Jude, 2, on their porch swing at their Point Breeze home.

A look at same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, 1 year later

It is too soon to measure most economic benefits, but couples say they have found financial peace of mind.

1 week ago

State Supreme Court hears 'wrongful life' case

Montgomery County couple challenges law that bars parents from suing a doctor for failing to inform them about possible birth defects.

1 week ago

 Bill Barrett of Assured Polygraph Services Inc. demonstrates polygraph equipment on his colleague Morris Ragus, seated, a retired polygraph examiner.

Lie detector tests being used to monitor sex offenders and guide treatment

Polygraphs are not permitted in Pennsylvania courts during the trial phase.

1 week ago

AVATAR aims to be the top technology in lie detection

It looks like an ATM machine with a video monitor looming above it. And it might be the next big technology in lie detection.

1 week ago

 Pamela VanHaitsma, left, and Jess Garrity, right, are married before District Judge Hugh McGough at his Squirrel Hill office on May 21, 2014. The couple received their marriage license after receiving a waiver to the normal three-day waiting period from Common Pleas Judge Lawrence O'Toole.

Couple rushed to get license the day after ban lifted

First same-sex couple to wed in Pennsylvania reflect on married life one year later.

1 week ago

 Stephen Repasky, owner of Meadow Sweet Apiaries, inspects a hive Friday at Dundee Farm in Sewickley Heights. “We’re on the verge of a major disaster with honeybees,” Mr. Repasky said. Pennsylvania has recorded a 61 percent die-off of bees in the past year.

Honeybee population in free fall; Pennsylvania among worst hit in nation

Beekeepers blame pesticides, mites and lost habitat for high honeybee die-off rates nationwide; Pennsylvania’s rate is 61 percent.

1 week ago

China hackers make Penn State unplug engineering computers

Penn State University says Chinese hackers have breached its engineering school’s computers for two years.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania School Boards Association files Right-to-Know requests on charter school spending

Nathan Mains said the information will help to better understand how charter schools operate and provide transparency to taxpayers.

1 week ago

 Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, speaks at the final media briefing about this week's Amtrak passenger train derailment Friday afternoon.

FBI probes report that train was hit by projectile

Investigators had found damage to a portion of the windshield and that they had called on the F.B.I. to look at it.

1 week ago

 Brandon Bostian, Amtrak engineer

Lawyer: Engineer does not recall train derailment

An attorney for engineer Brandon Bostian said Mr. Bostian was interviewed for six hours by Philadelphia detectives after the derailment.

1 week ago

Whistleblower suit filed against West Chester University alleges misleading financial records

The suit alleges the defendants unsuccessfully tried to force Colleen Bradley to present to the state "false budgets."

1 week ago

 Investigators Wednesday examine the wreckage of an Amtrak derailment in north Philadelphia the night before.

Will Philadelphia train derailment spur renewed calls for rail safety?

Federal investigators say the Amtrak train was traveling faster than 100 mph when it wrecked.

1 week ago

 Emergency workers at the scene of a derailed Amtrak passenger train in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

NTSB: Amtrak train accelerated before crash

Joseph Boardman, chief executive of Amtrak, defended Amtrak’s safety record but added, “we take responsibility for our role in this.”

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf today appointed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to lead a task force on the state’s municipal pension plans.

Wolf sets up group to help fix municipal pension systems

The governor appointed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to lead the group.

1 week ago

 “I’m going to wait and see what comes to my desk," Gov. Tom Wolf said of the legislation.

Pennsylvania House approves plan to cut billions in property taxes

The House voted 109-86 for a Republican-drafted plan that would raise the sales tax rate in most of the state from 6 percent to 7 percent.

1 week ago

Democrats dispute savings in GOP’s state pensions bill

The bill could save the state and school districts $18 billion in retirement costs over 30 years, according to one analysis.

1 week ago

 Investigators examine the scene of the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia this morning.

SEPTA train hit by projectile minutes before Amtrak crash in Philly

SEPTA officials said their investigation was continuing, but that there was no immediate indication the two incidents were related.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania lawmakers forward pension, tax overhauls

The two major bills are expected to become part of negotiations on the annual state budget.

1 week ago

Judge considers releasing video of Central Pennsylvania police shooting

The shooting was captured on video recorded on Hummelstown Officer Lisa Mearkle's Taser device.

1 week ago

 The mangled remains of one of the rail cars from Amtrak Train 188 at the scene of Tuesday's derailment in north Philadelphia.

Investigators: Train in Philadelphia crash clocked at over 100 mph

Federal investigators say the engineer pulled the emergency brake while traveling double the speed limit.

1 week ago

 Rescue workers search for victims in the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia Tuesday night.

At least five killed, dozens injured as Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

Approximately 238 passengers and five crew members were on board Northeast Regional train 188, heading from Washington to New York City.

1 week ago


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