Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take death penalty moratorium case

No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since 1999. Terrance Williams was scheduled for lethal injection today.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday  in Harrisburg, Pa.

Reaction swift to Gov. Wolf's budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal brought passionate responses from politicians, the business sector and advocacy groups Tuesday.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending

In his first budget proposal, the governor promises to increase support for school districts, community colleges and public universities.

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Wolf: Severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Wolf’s budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

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 Joe Sestak

Sestak to challenge Sen. Toomey again

Retired Admiral Joe Sestak formally announce his bid in Philadelphia today to oust U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who won 51 to 49 percent in 2010.

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 In higher education, Gov. Tom Wolf proposes increasing funding for the State System of Higher Education by $45 million.

Gov. Wolf's budget plan focuses on Pennsylvania's middle class, education

“Our state is never going to get stronger as long as we make our schools weaker,” Mr. Wolf said in his prepared remarks.

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Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

The proposal would raise about $765.3 million for the state’s general fund and another $225 million to replace a Marcellus Shale impact fee

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 “This is an unfortunate, though not completely unexpected ruling.” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Stay issued on NRA suit against Pittsburgh

Common Pleas Senior Judge Judith Friedman’s one-sentence order means the city’s law remains in force, at least for now.

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 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

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 At the Capitol on Monday, Republicans and Democrats said they expected something big from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal.

Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

The new governor’s plan also calls for dramatically reducing school district property taxes.

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 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.

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Study finds pedestrian deaths up 40 percent in Pennsylvania

The number of deaths rose from 53 in the first six months of 2013 to 74 during the same period of last year.

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 President Barack Obama, right, campaigns in November for then-gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Wolf urges Obama to speed action on rail shipments of crude oil

The governor asked for consideration of lower speed limits, stronger oil tanker designs and standards before it is shipped.

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 “My original legislation would have called these institutions out as state agencies,” said state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna. “I ended up having to retreat from that.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers take another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

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Wolf announces proposals allowing more Pa. seniors to receive home health care

The governor says the proposal would make long-term care for seniors more convenient and personal.

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Error botched security image on Pennsylvania licenses

The flawed driver’s licenses transposed the letters in the security image to “AP” instead of “PA.”

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 Mr. Wolf’s office announced Thursday that his team has identified $109 million it believes it can save in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Wolf 's search for inefficiencies in state government finds $109 million in savings

Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries have identified $109 million they believe the state can save in the next fiscal year.

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 House Bill 466 is similar to a liquor privatization bill that passed the House, but not the Senate, in 2013.

Pennsylvania House votes in favor of selling off state liquor system

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, opposes disbanding the state alcohol sales business.

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 New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference Wednesday where he discussed the arrest of three Brooklyn men who allegedly plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

ISIS suspects operated, worked at mall kiosks in Philadelphia

Abror Habibov, who was arrested in Florida, sold kitchenware and offered cellphone repair services at the kiosks, investigators said.

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Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

A new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

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 A Philadelphia developer is seeking a $10 million state grant to convert two floors of the Macy's building into a 155-room hotel. The department store would take up four floors and apartment units would be added to the other floors.

Development plans in Allegheny County built around wish list for Pennsylvania aid

A total of 57 projects in Allegheny County are seeking more than $235 million in state redevelopment capital assistance this year.

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 “The main thing is, this is supposed to be a full-time job,” said State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills.

DeLuca bill would put limit on Pennsylvania lawmakers’ outside income

For the third time, the Democrat representative from Penn Hills is trying to limit lawmakers’ outside income.

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 "For too long the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hasn't been a place where businesses want to come, invest and grow," Gov. Tom Wolf, center, said. "Country-leading high corporate tax rates have slowed existing businesses from expanding and entrepreneurs from growing new ideas here."

Wolf seeks to halve Pennsylvania's corporate tax rate, close loopholes

The governor unveiled pieces of his economic plan to Lehigh Valley business leaders today.

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Fearing lawsuit, Philadelphia-area town latest to repeal gun laws

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg and other cities have already been sued under a state law passed last year.

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Pa. death row inmate gets five to 10 years for hitting lawyer in court

The 47-year-old apologized and said he wanted to resolve his assault charges so he could focus on appealing his murder conviction.

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 “I’m really expecting the court to do the right thing, which is to say you don’t really need state exchanges to qualify for the credits,” Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday in an interview in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania's governor prepares for loss of federal health insurance subsidies

If the U.S. Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act this summer, the Pennsylvania governor wants to have a backup plan in place.

1 week ago

Gov. Wolf hosts his first 'Twitter town hall'

Individuals and interest groups participated in today’s Twitter session.

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 "What I talked about was a fairer tax system - I do intend to present that," Gov. Tom Wolf told reporters.

Wolf keeping quiet on details of budget plan

A week before his budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf hasn't given any details, and isn't talking to leaders in the House and Senate.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania House passes bill making cyber bullying of a child a crime

Under the bill, cyber harassment of a child would be a third-degree misdemeanor.

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 Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are sworn in Jan. 6.

Audit shows Pennsylvania Legislature's surplus at $161 million

The Legislature has created no special rules to limit the use of the money, and such a large surplus is nearly unheard of in other states.

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 Ken Gormley is dean of the Duquesne University School of Law.

Senate GOP may not fill 2 vacancies on Pennsylvania’s high court

Gov. Tom Wolf’s package of nominees to fill two vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court fell apart Monday.

1 week ago

 The bill passed the House Liquor Control Committee on party lines with Democrats opposing.

Pennsylvania liquor privatization bill clears House committee

The proposal would allow the sale of wine at grocery stores; beer distributors would be allowed to sell six-packs, 12-packs and cases.

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 Col. Marcus Brown grew up in Cumberland County and earned a business degree from Penn State.

Wolf's pick to lead Pa. State Police draws ire over wearing uniform on job

A group of retired troopers takes issue with Col. Marcus Brown, former Maryland police commissioner, wearing the uniform.

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 People dance in the stands during Thon, the year-long student fundraiser, which culminates with the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday.

Penn State’s Thon 2015 raises $13.02 million

Since 1977, Penn State raised more than $127 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund based out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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 Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf.

After the campaign for Pennsylvania governor, the fund-raising continues

A look at this year's governor's race show how money is ever-present in the political process.

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 Pedro Rivera

Under Pedro Rivera, a new direction for Pennsylvania education policy

Pennsylvania’s acting education secretary Pedro Rivera wants equitable funding for all school districts.

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 Thomas K. Kistler, president judge of Centre County Common Pleas Court.

Pennsylvania high court nominee in hot seat over 'Christmas' email

Thomas K. Kistler, president judge of Centre County Court, may have distributed an email that could be viewed as racially insensitive.

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 Jerry Sandusky and attorney Karl Rominger, right, leave the Centre County Courthouse in 2012 following the first day of testimony in Sandusky's trial.

Jerry Sandusky's ex-lawyer charged with stealing $535,000

Investigators say Karl Rominger, 41, stole the money from three separate clients.

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Six vie for Democratic Party endorsements in Pennsylvania race for high court seats

The Democratic State Committee is scheduled to vote on the endorsements Saturday as it winds up a two-day meeting in Hershey.

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 Typically, a large portion of the meteor is lost to light and heat in the atmosphere that produces the fireball.

500-pound meteor streaks through Western Pennsylvania sky, captured on cameras

The sonic boom and explosion produced a burst of light that, for an instant, was comparable in size to the sun.

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Former state education spokesman to head a charter school organization

Timothy Eller will be the executive director of the Keystone Alliance for Charter Schools, which will represent about two dozen schools.

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Pennsylvania Senate passes proposed amendment on nonprofit tax exemptions

If passed by the House, the proposed amendment would appear on a ballot for approval by Pennsylvania voters.

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 Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania's Gov. Wolf slams visit by Fla. governor

Gov. Wolf’s office calls it a “political stunt”; Florida’s GOP governor says he’s coming to woo companies to the more tax-friendly South.

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Pennsylvania PUC bureau pushes Uber to release trip data

The enforcement bureau wants Uber to provide trip data, in keeping with a July 28 secretarial letter from the PUC commissioners.

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One dead in stabbing at meat processing plant outside Philadelphia

Authorities say the men were involved in a fight at around 8 a.m. today at the JBS facility in Franconia.

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 Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Former Pa. treasurer pleads guilty to charges of attempted extortion

His plea agreement states that the maximum sentence for the two counts of attempted extortion is 40 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf gets personal with legislators from both parties

Gov. Tom Wolf is known to just drop in at the offices of Republican and Democratic legislators for get-acquainted and policy meetings.

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 Ammon Ripple, faith organizer with Equality Pennsylvania, speaks at a prayer breakfast Monday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Hampton.

LGBT prayer breakfast speakers call for greater equality, civil rights

The event sponsored by Equality PA focused on efforts to pass a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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 Penn State president Eric J. Barron

Penn State accepts recommendations to cut sexual violence

To start, Eric Barron said, a full-time Title IX coordinator will be hired and resources will be allocated for a stand-alone office.

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Schools, flights canceled as snow storm hits Philadelphia

Dozens of suburban districts also cancelled classes today. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m.

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