Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis was named by Mr. Corbett as his special adviser in June 2013.

State audits: Education Dept. failed to monitor special adviser under Corbett

The state audit report says the Department of Education "failed to monitor its special adviser (Tomalis)" to then Gov. Tom Corbett.

4 minutes ago

 The 3-D technology was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2011, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC began using it in September of that year.

3-D mammograms now covered by insurance in Pa.

Pennsylvania women can get 3-D mammograms after Gov. Wolf administration announces insurance must pay for them.

about 11 hours ago

Wolf's plan to end state budget impasse includes higher taxes on income, gas drilling

The Wolf administration said the new money will close the deficit and add about $400 million annually for basic education.

2 minutes ago

U.S. Supreme Court: Jim Thorpe’s body to remain in town that bears his name

The justices refused to hear an appeal by Thorpe’s surviving sons in their effort to move his remains to Indian tribal lands in Oklahoma.

about 11 hours ago

 Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a Penn State sophomore from Branford, Conn., was killed in a one-car accident Sept. 27 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County.

Penn State THON organizers to review 'canning' safety in wake of crash that killed student

Vitalya Sepot, 19, of Branford, Conn., was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sept. 27.

about 1 hour ago

 “In recent years, certain products have become very popular among aficionados, enthusiasts and collectors," says Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as the board prepares for a lottery for Buffalo Trace Distillery's Experimental Collection on Oct. 13.

Will Pennsylvania's liquor lottery be a win for customers?

Following a website crash last year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is using a lottery this year to sell sought-after spirits.

1 day ago

 Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum, in Manchester, N.H.

Poll shows Trump, Carson ahead among Pennsylvania Republicans

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Caron and businessman/reality-TV-star Donald Trump each got 18 percent registered Republicans in the poll.

about 11 hours ago

 Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he will announce an audit of anti-abortion organization Real Alternatives this month.

Anti-abortion nonprofit facing state audit

The state auditor plans to take a closer look at Real Alternatives, which oversees nonprofits that hope to persuade women against abortion.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to reporters in August in Norristown, Pa.

Wolf reiterates need for tax increase to balance budget

The governor is expected to unveil a revised proposal on Tuesday and Republican leaders say the House will take a vote on Wednesday.

about 18 hours ago

ICA asks state Supreme Court to step into its gaming revenue fight with Pittsburgh

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority says it is a state agency and should not be judged by “an inferior judicial tribunal.”

about 17 hours ago

 J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire.

Philadelphia civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65

Former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, died Sunday at the age of 65.

about 20 hours ago

 Jessica Lynn Riffey, 34, is accused of repeatedly injecting her 14-year-old daughter and another teen with heroin.

Woman accused of injecting 14-year-old daughter with heroin

Jessica Lynn Riffey was charged with corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and drug delivery.

about 21 hours ago

 The state fiscal year began July 1 without a budget after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted $30.2 billion budget passed by the state House and Senate.

Nonprofits say they may soon reach crisis point due to state budget impasse

State budget stalemate has nonprofits that provide human services scrambling for funds and ways to keep their doors open to those in need.

about 15 hours ago

Today is voter registration deadline

State officials are reminding residents they can register online for the first time.

1 day ago

Phila. woman gets 40 years to life in school abduction, sex assault

Prosecutors said 22-year-old Christina Regusters donned a Muslim dress and veil to impersonate the girl’s mother.

about 22 hours ago

 Pennsylvania is one of more than a half-dozen states that fund abortion-alternative programs with tax dollars.

State funds designated for groups that oppose abortion

A mix of state and federal funds is earmarked for organizations that oppose abortion and pledge not to recommend artificial birth control.

2 days ago

 In eight years, only one of at least 120 line-of-duty shootings by a Pennsylvania state trooper has been ruled “improper.”

When state police shoot, it’s almost always ruled ‘justified’

Policing the use of force by their own troopers, the Pennsylvania State Police routinely come out of shooting inquiries without fault.

2 days ago

 Montgomery County prosecutors have charged Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane with perjury, obstruction and other counts.

Kane reverses timeline on porn emails

A state courts spokesman said today that it had hired a Pittsburgh law firm to look into the matter.

3 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf this week vetoed a temporary stopgap budget Republicans had sent him that would have covered four months of state spending.

Wolf calls for hiring freeze, travel ban because of Pennsylvania budget impasse

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed cost-saving measures in light of a budget impasse that is now in its fourth month.

4 days ago

 Cal McConnell, co-owner of McConnell's Farm in Independence, Beaver County, picks apples Sept. 16. The 200-acre farm has been run by the McConnell family since 1787.

Harvest of history: State's Century Farms a cornucopia of land, labor and legacy

Only 3 percent of the state’s 63,000 family farms qualify for the designation of Century Farm or Bicentennial Farm.

4 days ago

Two arrested in 1984 rape, killing of Philadelphia-area girl

Barbara Rowan’s parents reported her missing Aug. 2, 1984. Two weeks later, her body was found along a road near her home.

3 days ago

Bicentennial Farm offers corn maze challenge

Family patriarch Robert Hays built Gearhard Farms in Murrysville eight generations ago.

4 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Attorney General Kane: Sitting state justice sent, received 'racial, misogynistic pornography' on state computers

The attorney general said emails linked to the justice -- named by her staff as J. Michael Eakin -- have been given to judicial authorities.

4 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks Aug. 12 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Another perjury charge for Kane

The new perjury count stems from Kane’s claim she never signed a secrecy oath preventing her from releasing information from past cases.

4 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf 's office has imposed a hiring freeze with the excpetion of positions that provide "direct care to patients" and those that are directly engaged in law enforcement, public safety and corrections” and revenue collections and revenue-generating positions.

Governor's office imposes hiring freeze, travel ban

Included among the exemptions are positions that provide “direct care to patients” and revenue-generating positions.

4 days ago

 Diana Rubens

Report: VA official created vacancy she filled herself

Inspector general's report alleges that Philly VA director Diana Rubens improperly used her position for personal and financial gain.

5 days ago

PennDOT accepting unsolicited proposals for state transportation-related projects

PennDOT has released a statement saying that it will begin accepting proposals for various PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure

4 days ago

 Two bald eagles with their eaglet at Raystown Lake near Huntingdon, Huntingdon County. The Pa. Board of Game Commissioners increased the penalties for killing a bald or golden eagle.

Stricter penalties approved for violence against eagles

On Tuesday, the State Board of Game Commissioners approved more expensive replacement costs for people responsible for killing of eagles.

5 days ago

 House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, left, and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said they would not stand in the way of Mr. Wolf persuading their members to support his proposals.

Legislators will vote on Wolf’s tax package

The House and Senate Republican leaders say they don’t think the proposed legislation has the necessary votes to succeed.

5 days ago

 Irwin Scott, who served as a Marine during the Vietnam era, speaks with Kayla Berkey in Larimer. Mr. Scott was signing up for expanded Medicaid programs in the state and is hoping to get dental coverage.

Nonprofits come to veterans’ aid to bolster health care in Pennsylvania

Nonprofits are using the Medicaid expansion to enroll uninsured veterans in health coverage, hoping to prevent medical debts and poverty.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania needs a comprehensive approach to the state budget that boosts aid to public schools and closes a long-term budget deficit for good.

Wolf to appeal to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers on budget plan

The Democrat told KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh that he will try to win over “good Republican legislators” tired of the budget stalemate.

6 days ago

 While measurement of alcohol impairment is clearly established, there is no similar standard for what constitutes impairment from marijuana.

Report raises concerns about driving while on drugs

With debate intensifying over whether marijuana use increases the risk of vehicle crashes, better data is needed, the author said.

6 days ago

 Andrew Place

Former EQT exec confirmed as new Pa. PUC commissioner

Greene County resident Andrew Place, who also worked with Center for Sustainable Shale Development,  is to be sworn in tomorrow.

5 days ago

‘Surprise’ medical billing catches Pa. insurance commissioner’s eye

Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller will hold a public hearing in Harrisburg on what the department terms “surprise” balance billing.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders met twice Monday but did not indicate that progress had been made.

Budget impasse could cost schools $11.2M in interest, fees

Republicans had urged Gov. Tom Wolf to accept a stopgap budget to allow school districts and social service providers to receive funding.

6 days ago

 A Turnpike tolltaker at the Carlisle interchange.

New exhibit celebrates Pennsylvania Turnpike, America's 'first superhighway'

A permanent exhibit that debuts at the State Museum of Pennsylvania on Friday marks the 75th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

6 days ago

 Army National Guard veteran David Roudabush, an intake specialist for the PAServes program, demonstrates the new system that will link veterans service programs and organizations throughout the region to help veterans who need assistance. Mark Schiemer, supervisor of the PAServes coordination center, looks on.

PaServes hopes to bridge veterans, area aid services

A new electronic network aims to connect and track military veterans services online so those who need help don’t get lost in referrals.

1 week ago

State auditor general says budget impasse school impact could reach $11.2 million

"The cost is going to keep going up each and every month," Auditor General Euguene DePasquale said, as districts are forced to borrow money.

6 days ago

 Statewide in grades 3-8, of the students taking the PSSA, 39.6 percent were proficient or advanced in math. In English language arts, it was 50 percent.

State PSSA test scores released

Many states have found significant drops in scores as the new standards were put into place.

6 days ago

 The Wolf administration says it isn’t sure how to respond to the ruling itself, which is why it’s appealing to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wolf finds fault with third parties court ruling

The Wolf administration supports easier path for third-party political candidates, but says recent court ruling improperly addresses issue.

1 week ago

 Pope Francis speaks Sunday at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Speaking to hundreds of bishops and seminarians, Pope Francis said he met in private with a group of victims of sexual abuse and he pledged that “all responsible will be held accountable.”

In meeting with sex-abuse victims, pope vows change

The pontiff says that the church will not stop with abusers, but also will go after those protecting them.

1 week ago

Governor, legislative leaders say they may meet again tonight

As the budget impasse continues, the pressure to come to an agreement continues to build.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh-area student groups say visit with pope was meaningful

Students from Central Catholic, Oakland Catholic and Franciscan University make the trip to Philadelphia.

1 week ago

Advocates for legalized marijuana to host Fetterman fundraiser; Gov. Wolf endorses McGinty

The bid for support comes just before the books will close on the current campaign-finance reporting period.

1 week ago

 Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a Penn State sophomore from Branford, Conn., was killed in a one-car accident Sunday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County.

Penn State student killed, 6 injured in Turnpike crash

PSU officials identified the dead student as Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a passenger in a car returning to State College from Philadelphia.

1 week ago

 Pope Francis gives the homily during Mass with clergy, religious sisters and lay leaders at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Capping six-day U.S. trip, pope hails families instilling faith

Pope Francis met the largest audience of his U.S. visit on Sunday in Philadelphia.

1 week ago

Whistleblowers on front lines of fraud prosecutions

Whistleblowers have become a key tool against health care fraud, but some say the Justice Department could do more.

1 week ago

Nine cases of health care fraud brought in Western Pennsylvania

A year in, a health care fraud prosecution unit has made busts from Latrobe to Louisiana — but no huge cases.

1 week ago

 United States attorney David Hickton.

Health care fraud enforcement ramping up in Western Pa.

A year-old push to root out health care fraud in Pittsburgh has been slowed by a key department’s absence.

1 week ago

Metcalfe stands by remarks in war of words

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said earlier that a white nationalist is different from a white supremacist.

1 week ago