The Pennsylvania School Boards Association supports a delay in using the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement.

Testing under scrutiny in Pennsylvania House hearing

A panel heard hours of testimony raising concerns about testing requirements.

3 days ago

 Between 2010 and 2014, more than 400 children died or nearly died as a result of abuse or neglect in Pennsylvania, according to a report from the Center for Children’s Justice.

Child abuse reporting up; thousands of children remain at risk in Pennsylvania

State statistics released this week show improvements as well as remaining problems in child abuse reporting and referrals.

4 days ago

Two vie for 37th District Pa. Senate seat

Heather Arnet is the Democratic candidate in a state Senate special election for the 37th District, facing Republican Guy Reschenthaler.

4 days ago

 U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, is accused of accepting a $1 million illegal loan for his failed 2007 mayoral campaign from a "wealthy supporter."

U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted, allegedly misused funds

The Democrat from Philadelphia faces charges involving several schemes.

3 days ago

 Gov. Wolf has called for a budget that would increase the sales and personal income taxes and institute a severance tax on natural gas drilling, using the new revenues to boost education funding, lower local property taxes and close a budget shortfall. Republicans have opposed the tax proposals.

Turzai says Legislature may attempt override of Wolf's budget veto

Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate and would require Democratic votes.

5 days ago

 Lake Fong/Post-Gazette  Contractors continue work at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center in Somerset County Thursday. A black granite walkway leads visitors past 34-foot-tall walls and marks the flight path of the hijacked plane before it crashed.

Walk set for Sept. 26 to raise money for trails around Flight 93 crash site

Friends of Flight 93 have partnered with Leadership Somerset County to make the walk possible.

5 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks July 20 about taxes and growing the state economy to a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club

Gov. Wolf to hold live question-and-answer session on Facebook

The session, announced this morning, will begin at 5:15 p.m. but Facebook users can post questions anytime before then.

4 days ago

 Margie Winters, right, receives a hug after parents met to discuss her firing at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion. Winters was hired in 2007 and was dismissed for being in a same-sex marriage.

Gay Catholic teacher from Phila. says firing felt 'like a death'

Margie Winters says she kept a low profile about her marriage until someone complained.

4 days ago

Pennsylvania expands notice for victims of sexual predators

Victims are notified of a convict’s status changes, including a change of job or address, or a release from behind bars.

4 days ago

Police: Wild 2-state chase began over warrant for stolen underwear

Police said Robert Ritter, 54, drove into Philadelphia, back into New Jersey, and then back into Philadelphia.

4 days ago

 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks with reporters in 2011 following his keynote speech about the Marcellus Shale industry to the fourth annual Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Seminar held by K&L Gates LLP.

How Pennsylvania gas industry gained Corbett influence

Tom Corbett’s election to the governorship, and even his inauguration, leaned heavily on Marcellus Shale gas firms.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

439,000 join Pennsylvania Medicaid

Of the new enrollees, nearly 37,000 are from Allegheny County, according to state statistics.

6 days ago

 Former Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, shown at left with then-Gov. Tom Corbett in September 2014, said he didn’t help steer grants to the railroad. “It was purely based on a scoring system, an evaluation of the system.”

Memos to Corbett hinting at rail influence

A memo, a meeting and $100,000 in campaign contributions preceded a railroad’s change of fortunes.

6 days ago

Sen. Casey presses to expand childhood hunger program

Mr. Casey’s bill also allows family child care homes to serve a third meal during the day for children there for eight hours or longer.

6 days ago

 Pennsylvania allows double trailers with a maximum length of 28 feet 6 inches per trailer. Single trailers pulled by truck tractors can be 53 feet long.

Citing safety concerns, Casey urges to ‘put brakes’ on plan for bigger trucks

The Democratic senators hopes to stop language inserted into appropriations bills that would allow bigger trucks on highways.

1 week ago

Social service agencies should push to protect state funding during budget impasse

Human services providers were urged to let the General Assembly know they are fed up with budget battles and funding cuts that hurt clients.

1 week ago

 Until this morning, Pennsylvania required a minor-party candidate for statewide office -- like Ralph Nader in 2004 -- to garner many more signatures than their Democrat or Republican counterparts.

Federal judge rules Pa. third-party candidate requirements unconstitutional

Pennsylvania required third-party candidates to gather many more signatures than their Democratic and Republican counterparts.

1 week ago

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving four airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.

Airlines probed for price-gouging following fatal Amtrak crash in Philly

The Transportation Department sent letters today to five airlines — Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue -- seeking information.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks Monday at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

Wolf said he understands the concern over social services agencies having to foot the bill while they wait for the state to reimburse them.

1 week ago

Prison inmate is accused of stabbing officer

The attack occurred at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the city’s Holmesburg section.

1 week ago

Bedford County woman faces trial in dad’s killing

Christy Zelanko claimed past abuse by 68-year-old James Zelanko, who was shot five times as he slept early June 17.

1 week ago

4 shootings leave 3 dead, 2 wounded in Philadelphia

No arrests have been made.

1 week ago

Scranton man charged with murder, arson

Police arrested a man on charges that he paid his brother to set fire to his northeastern Pennsylvania home as part of an insurance scam.

1 week ago

 U.S. attorney David Hickton ,along with other law enforcement members of the Western Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Coalition, held a press conference Wednesday to discuss work being done to stop sex trafficking of children in the region.

U.S. attorney cracks down on sex-trafficking of children

Joseph T. Clemenic, Jr. 44, of Wilmerding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex-trafficking of children in federal court in Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Patient advocates again push state-based insurance marketplace option

Switching to a state health insurance exchange might offer cheaper, better-tailored coverage for thousands of Pennsylvanians, analysts say.

1 week ago

PA Cyber teachers get contract as Pennsylvania's only cyber union

Lon Valentine, president of the PA Cyber Education Association, said the 140 online instructors approved the deal earlier this month.

1 week ago

Philadelphia-area professor makes incendiary remarks about Jews, women, gays

The Anti-Defamation League calls the comments "deeply offensive and outrageous.“

1 week ago

 Former Pvt. Eddie Jackfert presents a plaque to Kinue Tokudome, executive director of the US-Japan Dialogue on POWs, for her dedication and role in organizing Mitsubishi's apology to former prisoners of war.

Mitsubishi apologizes to WWII prisoners, promises $50,000 to museum

Mitsubishi’s apology to Allied prisoners of war is the first in history from a private Japanese company.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, resigned Wednesday, clearing the way for an expected entry into the 2016 race in which Democrats will try to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

Katie McGinty to step down as Wolf top aide to clear way for U.S. Senate bid

The Democrat, who previously ran for governor last year, has hinted she might run for the seat held by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

1 week ago

 Mega Millions officials said the jackpot had been rolling since it was last won in Illinois on June 2.

Winning $153 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Northumberland County

One ticket holder matched the winning Mega Millions numbers: 20-30-62-65-74, plus the Mega Ball of 1.

1 week ago

Wolf, GOP leaders report progress in budget talks

The parties met for 3 1/2 hours today and will keep at it, they said.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks Monday about taxes and growing the state economy at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf, Pa. GOP to resume meetings as budget stalemate hits three weeks

The Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature are sparring over competing budget proposals.

1 week ago

Jim Burn to resign as head of Pa. Democratic Committee

Jim Burn indicated his intent to submit a letter of resignation at the party's Sept. 12 gathering in Gettysburg.

1 week ago

Equipment operator pleads in Philly building collapse that killed six

Authorities have said 44-year-old Sean Benschop was impaired by painkillers and marijuana when the wall collapsed.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania lawmakers seek Planned Parenthood inquiry

Planned Parenthood says its Pennsylvania health centers don’t participate in fetal tissue donation.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf visits with people at his table Monday before speaking about taxes and growing the state economy at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Gov. Tom Wolf pitches budget proposal to Pittsburgh Technology Council

Tax overhaul, increased education spending and a renewed campaign to attract tech businesses and investors were touted.

1 week ago

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, hoping to modernize the renewal process and make it more consumer friendly, wants to stop sending out the stickers at the end of next year.

License plate tags may continue to stick around in Pennsylvania

Police say the license plate stickers, which the Legislature voted to eliminate in  2013 to save money, are an important tool for them.

1 week ago

Penn State senior dies during study abroad program in Spain

A university spokesman said preliminary indications are that Lauren Bajorek’s death was an accident.

1 week ago

Philadelphia transit system halts pass sales for pope's visit

A spokesman said the number of customers was significantly higher than expected when tickets went on sale online this morning.

1 week ago

 Michael Cruz, chief technology officer for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, explains how the state’s gaming laboratory tests slot machines.

State gaming lab tests machines to keep them fair

Among the state’s gaming laboratory’s duties are ensuring that machines pay out at least 85 percent of what gamblers wager.

2 weeks ago

 Conneaut Lake Park visitors ride the Blue Streak at the amusement park July 10.

Struggling Conneaut Lake Park finds favor with young families

The publicly owned amusement park in Crawford County is in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the state budget during a news conference last month at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Service providers brace for lengthy Pennsylvania budget battle

As the Pennsylvania budget impasse wears on, human service providers are preparing to feel the pinch.

2 weeks ago

Motorists without E-ZPass pay up

The sign says E-ZPass only. The driver ignores it. The subsequent bill from the turnpike says $64.75.

2 weeks ago

Unemployment rate the same in Pennsylvania amid progress

The state’s jobless rate of 5.4 percent caused Pa. to fall behind the national rate of 5.3 percent.

2 weeks ago

 Students taking the ice cream short course at then-Pennsylvania State College in 1894 work to separate cream at the dairy barns.

Penn State creamery still a staple in Happy Valley at 150

The popular 3,700-square-foot retail store employs more than 20 full-time workers and 100 students.

2 weeks ago

 FILE - This March 2002 file photo shows a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. According to a new government study published Wednesday, the geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically.

Lyme disease a growing threat in Pittsburgh region

Two children have been hospitalized this week for treatment of severe Lyme disease.

2 weeks ago

 As Philadelphia prepares for an influx of out-of-town visitors during a visit by Pope Francis later this year, the city this week began collecting occupancy tax from short-term rentals.

Renting your home? Be ready to pay 7 percent county tax

Allegheny County says people operating the services found on websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway should already be paying hotel taxes.

2 weeks ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Pat Toomey’s Senate run raises $8.3M

The incumbent continues robust fund-raising pace for his Senate re-election

2 weeks ago

 Lyft and its larger rival Uber both arrived in the Pittsburgh area last winter before obtaining the required licenses to operate from the PUC.

Lyft settlement with Pennsylvania PUC finalized

The ride-share company will pay a total of $250,000 to resolve a complaint that it was operating illegally in the Pittsburgh area.

2 weeks ago

 Senate Bill 840, co-sponsored by Sens. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, and Judith Schwank, D-Berks, would establish a five-year pilot program to place speed cameras in work zones.

Pa. legislators consider cameras to slow down drivers in work zones

Will Pennsylvania follow the lead of Maryland, where cameras placed in work zones since 2009 have cut speeding by 85 percent?

2 weeks ago