Obama may sign short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

An existing government-wide continuing resolution is set to expire Dec. 11.

about 7 hours ago

Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care

The suit claims the state does not have enough beds in community-care programs for those needing autism and mental health services.

about 7 hours ago

 The app in Pennsylvania came partly in response to a series of cases in which the ACLU alleged retaliation by Philadelphia police officers against those who watch or record police activity.

Mobile app allows recordings of police interactions in Pennsylvania

Smartphone users can use the app to record a video and send it to the American Civil Liberties Union.

1 day ago

 The Pennsylvania Republican Party is counting on presidential hopeful Donald Trump to draw donors for a big-ticket fundraiser next month in New York City.

Trump lined up for state GOP fundraiser in NYC

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is hoping presidential candidate Donald Trump will drive interest in an annual fundraiser in New York.

1 day ago

 Cheyney University's planetarium.

Cheyney University placed on probation by accrediting body

Financially struggling institution has two full years to return to compliance stemming from apparent mishandling of federal student aid.

about 8 hours ago

Don't be alarmed: Pennsylvania nuclear plant to test sirens

If traveling near Harrisburg on Wednesday, prepare for siren test

about 16 hours ago

 Kathleen Kane leaves a Montgomery County courtroom recently.

AG Kane to announce plans for next chapter in porn email saga

Among the announcements will be the naming of a special prosecutor to investigate the exchange of illicit material on government computers.

about 8 hours ago

 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 last week in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens today.

Pennsylvania's deer season opens

The rifle hunting season and continues through Dec. 12.

1 day ago

 The state Supreme Court ruling will allow 182,000 seniors to avoid paying heftier out-of-network rates.

UPMC, Highmark divorce ends with key ruling

The decision was a setback for UPMC, which had sought to drop Highmark’s Medicare Advantage plan members from its network since the spring.

about 8 hours ago

 Without reauthorization, the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expires on Dec. 31.

Children’s health safety net expiring unless legislators act by year’s end

The state Legislature is under pressure to reauthorize the CHIP program that provides coverage for 150,000. CHIP expires on Dec. 31.

1 day ago

 "I believe there’s room for more bears," said Mark Ternent, a biologist and bear specialist with the state Game Commission, "but we need to balance that with the human social factor and limit the number of negative human-bear conflicts.”

Here, there, everywhere a bear: Game Commission says population not a problem

Not long ago, bears were mostly isolated in remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains.

2 days ago

 The Daniel Finch mural "Lady Commonwealth" at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

2 days ago

 The five-month budget stalemate has halted about $7 million in state funds that would have normally gone to food banks around the commonwealth.

Budget standoff has state's food banks looking to hunters for help

Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Pennsylvania’s venison donation program, will mark one million pounds of donated meat this hunting season.

4 days ago

Some Pennsylvania counties may sue state over budget standoff

At least one already declared it will protest by withholding millions it collects in state real estate transfer taxes and court fees.

4 days ago

 Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

Penn State's Sandusky settlements now total nearly $93 million

Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

3 days ago

 Some Mt. Lebanon residents say they have a right to know, for safety reasons, where deer-control archery hunts are taking place in their community.

State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt

The request involves Mt. Lebanon’s contract to pay a nonprofit wildlife management organization to organize a controlled archery hunt.

5 days ago

Fourth person tracked down in connection with shooting of state trooper

Police say they believe Kaymer Lewis was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped by troopers prior to the shooting.

4 days ago

 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road last Monday toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens Monday.

Game commission to steer hunters to prime spots

It’s a reversal of past practice, when the board spent hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to erect fences to keep deer out of areas.

4 days ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks at a news conference earlier this year in Philadelphia.

Senate urged to examine removal of AG

The state Constitution provides for the removal of officeholders through a vote of two-thirds of the Senate and action by the governor.

5 days ago

 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus

Trooper Patrick R. Casey suffered a “flesh wound” to his shoulder, state police Capt. James Raykovitz said.

6 days ago

Judicial board to decide whether to charge justice in email scandal

Justice Eakin is under investigation for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judge.

6 days ago

Prosecutors appeal order on Sandusky accuser's complaint

The judge’s order requires prosecutors to re-evaluate the case to see whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing charges.

5 days ago

 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia in which a state trooper was shot in the shoulder.

Teen charged as adult in Philadelphia trooper shooting

Giovanny Cotto was charged as an adult with criminal attempt to murder and other charges.

5 days ago

 Tyree Blocker.

Confirmation hearing for Pa. police commissioner nominee goes smoothly

Committee has passed along Tyree Blocker’s nomination to the full state Senate.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

State Senate backs off plan to attempt veto override on budget

Senate Republicans threaten, then call off a planned vote to override Gov.Wolf’s veto of a short-term bill.

6 days ago

While Senate panel ponders AG Kane's authority, House lawmaker ponders impeachment proceedings

Some Democrats are fighting back and asking why the participants in an email scandal are not being equally scrutinized.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Republicans told him Friday that they could not secure enough rank-and-file support for a 21 percent sales tax increase that they had proposed as the linchpin to a budget deal and school property-tax package.

Wolf says ball in GOP's court after budget deal blowup

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most.

6 days ago

 An Uber app is shown as cars drive by.

Pa. Senate advances bill to authorize car services

Bill would set safety standards and insurance requirements for companies and drivers.

6 days ago

 A school bus catches fire following a chase along I-676 in  Philadelphia in which a vehicle rear-ended the bus and then shot a state trooper in the shoulder.

Pennsylvania state trooper shot along Philadelphia highway

A Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman says the trooper was shot and taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.

6 days ago

 The 32,400-square-foot, 18-bedroom mansion built by Joseph Nocito in Bell Acres.

IRS closing in on Bell Acres mansion owner

Joe Nocito’s secretary pleads guilty to conspiring with her boss to shield $27 million by using his companies to pay for personal expenses.

6 days ago

 Dan Harding, an East End medical research coordinator, has developed software that allows people to compare health plans.

Pittsburgh man develops software that aims to become 'Turbo Tax' of health care

Dan Harding has developed software that compares health plans, which could be helpful during the open enrollment periods now underway.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf says budget agreement in 'deep peril'

Monday night, the Senate took up a proposal to eliminate property taxes by raising sales and personal income taxes, a plan Mr. Wolf opposes.

1 week ago

 Drivers who injure workers in construction zones will face more serious penalties next year.

Legislature approves stricter punishments for drivers who injure construction workers

The governor has indicated he will sign the bill, a measure meant to limit injuries and deaths to workers in construction zones.

1 week ago

Organ donation campaign takes playful approach to Pittsburgh-Philadelphia rivalry

Here and in Philly, billboards use city loyalties to solicit donor sign-ups.

1 week ago

Philadelphia DA says training helped prosecutors named in scandal

AG Kane had accused two of the men of concocting an investigation of her over her threats to publicize porn emails.

1 week ago

House passes bill keeping jurors' names, addresses private

Bill would make that exemption unless otherwise ordered by courts.

1 week ago

 Syrian born George E. Khallouf of Allentown and Marwan Sabbagh of Allentown cheer and thumbs up Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski during his speech supporting Syrian refugees at the interfaith event Sunday.

Fear keeps Syrian refugees away from welcoming event in Allentown

The event was intended as a welcome for seven Syrian families who arrived in Allentown over the past few weeks.

1 week ago

 As the state budget impasse continues, concerns are growing that tax credit programs that provide up to $150 million in scholarships for students in grades K-12 statewide could be eliminated this year.

State budget impasse jeopardizing private school stipends

Tax credit scholarships threatened by the state budget impasse include $5 million expected by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

 Legislators in states with an uptick in crude-by-rail traffic have passed laws and changed policies. But Pennsylvania’s Legislature has not.

Crude oil train safety: no action from Pennsylvania lawmakers

Other states with heavy crude-by-rail traffic have passed various laws to address safety. Pennsylvania legislators have not.

1 week ago

 Marie Jarrah, co-owner of the Damascus Restaurant, speaks during an interview Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. Dozens of Syrian refugee families are being resettled in the Allentown area in part because the city is already home to one of the nation's largest population of Syrians, who began settling here in the late 1800s.

In America's Little Syria - in Allentown, Pa. - a divide on accepting refugees

Pennsylvania’s third-largest city is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of Syrians.

1 week ago

 Janet Powell-Dailey

Phila. funeral home director arrested after bodies found in garage

Police were called to a garage in August after neighbors investigating a foul odor stumbled upon the bodies.

1 week ago

Lehigh professor, wife convicted of fraud in $700,000 NASA contract

Yujie Ding and his wife proposed a program in 2009 to develop a cutting edge sensor that NASA would use to track climate change.

1 week ago

Pa. House approves liquor privatization bill

The House passed the measure in a mostly party-line vote, and it now moves to the Senate.

1 week ago

 Attorney general candidate David Fawcett.

Pittsburgh attorney David Fawcett to run for state attorney general

The lawyer is known for his legal battle against A.T. Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship.

1 week ago

Penn State’s alumni-elected trustees will have access to Freeh documents

The university will have 45 days to turn over materials deemed privileged or confidential and 20 days to provide materials that are not.

1 week ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane will review the court's decision and issue a statement about her next steps by mid-next week, a spokesman said.

Pa. court says porn emails aren't public records under state law

President Judge Dan Pellegrini says the transmissions are not public records just because they were sent through agency accounts.

1 week ago

Pa. senators clash on vetting process for refugees

Bob Casey says security provisions already in place are adequate; Pat Toomey says close the borders to refugees immediately.

1 week ago

Bill advances to bar disclosure of police names in use-of-force incidents

The bill to bar disclosure of  names of police under investigation in shootings or other incidents now moves to the Pennsylvania Senate.

1 week ago

 Kiah Harrington-Wymer, left, would have played Mahari, and Logan Honsaker, right, would have played Sushil in “Jesus in India.”

Clarion play cancellation generates national discussion on diversity, casting decisions

The university’s production of “Jesus in India” blew up in controversy, but not because of the use of profanity and sexual activity.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane had her law license suspended last month.

Deputy AG: Kane's license suspension has had 'profound and extraordinary' effect

First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer told a Senate panel that he believes the office can continue to have the authority to function.

1 week ago