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Philadelphia transit officers help mother deliver baby on train

The officers coached the woman through the delivery, unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck and placed the boy in her arms.

about 2 hours ago


 The Kathy Davis card display at the Wegman's in the Shops at Valley Square in Warrington, Pa.

A quarter century of greeting cards success, and more, for Kathy Davis

More than 400 million of Kathy Davis’ greeting cards have sold. Lately, that amounts to $100 million in annual sales.

about 9 hours ago


 A woman uses the Uber app on a Samsung smartphone in September.

Uber slapped with suit by 45 Philadelphia taxi companies

The suit also names 18 individuals, including Uber drivers it says are operating illegally in the city.

about 16 hours ago


Transit officers help deliver baby on train in Philly

Officials said the mother and baby were taken to a hospital in good condition.

about 13 hours ago


Pennsylvania records small population growth, latest census data show

The state remains the nation’s sixth largest, with an estimated population of 12,787,209.

2 days ago


Suspect in Philadelphia, Stowe rapes brought back from Mexico

The FBI said Alberto Isaac Navarrete Suarez, also known as Dario Gomez Lopez, was returned to the United States Monday to face charges.

2 days ago


Low clouds delaying, canceling Philly flights

Nearly 50 flights bound for Philadelphia and 47 flights departing the city have been canceled as of 11:45 a.m.

2 days ago


 The Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Who's minding the store for legislative ethics?

Lack of interest, shortage of funds hinder better policing of ethics in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

4 days ago


Ethics committees work in secret, don't release records

The Pennsylvania House and Senate refused to release any records they might have showing how many ethics complaints they had received.

4 days ago


Governor-elect Wolf, reformers point to ways to improve ethics oversight

An ethics-focused executive branch could boost those who want to continue efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s legislative ethics.

4 days ago


 The rotunda in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

When outside interests and legislative matters collide

There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators’ official duties and outside interests.

5 days ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?

5 days ago


 The rotunda of the state capitol in Harrisburg.

Recusals are rare in the Pennsylvania Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers rarely abstain from voting on legislation related to their outside interests.

5 days ago


 At least 36 of Pennsylvania's 50 senators and more than half of the state’s 203 representatives have second jobs or other outside financial interests, excluding a spouse’s salary, according to a recent Post-Gazette review.

Pennsylvania state legislators are free to pursue outside interests

Pennsylvania’s “full-time” legislators often have outside income, with little disclosure or oversight.

5 days ago


State review of emails finds no additional improprieties

Other than pornographic emails, a state Supreme Court review found no improper email between the court and Attorney General’s office.

6 days ago


Wolf team announces inaugural festivity plans

Tom Wolf will be sworn as the state’s 47th governor on Jan. 20.

6 days ago


Pa. Supreme Court lawyer: No new improprieties in email trove

Seamus McCaffery resigned his high court seat following the disclosure that he sent emails containing pornography to the AG’s office.

6 days ago


 Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury of sexual abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

AP: Jerry Sandusky won't get his pension back

Sandusky’s attorney Chuck Benjamin said today that the State Employees’ Retirement System issued a 122-page opinion with the decision.

6 days ago


 Jerry Sandusky is escorted from the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing on child sex abuse in October 2012.

Judge delays January trial on Penn State sanctions

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce.

1 week ago


Sandusky loses legal battle to restore state pension

The former Penn State assistant football coach, convicted of multiple sex offenses, was trying to win back a $4,900-a-month state pension.

6 days ago


Pennsylvania unemployment rate falls to 5.1 percent

The state’s November unemployment rate was the lowest it has been in more than six years.

6 days ago


Philadelphia-area couple charged in boy's death waives hearing

Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum III are accused of shopping, napping and eating pizza as the boy lay dying in their mobile home.

1 week ago


 Philip J. Kendall

Former Philadelphia publishing exec killed in Florida accident

Authorities said Philip J. Kendall, 85, former president of Packard Press, and Francine Freedman, 80, had moved to Florida this week.

6 days ago


 Pennsylvania's  Ethics Commission has too few powers to properly monitor legislators' conflicts of interest.

Who polices legislative ethics in Pennsylvania?

The Ethics Commission is in charge of oversight, but it’s largely toothless. Are there solutions to prevent conflicts of interest?

1 week ago


Pennsylvania auditor general weighs in on charitable property tax exemptions debate

Eugene DePasquale put out a report highlighting the $1.5 billion in property taxes charitable organizations don’t pay in 10 counties.

1 week ago


Ten indicted in connection with Akron dog-fighting ring

Investigators discovered firearms, narcotics and more than $52,000 in cash.

1 week ago


 Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

1 week ago


 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently completed a performance audit of Cheyney University.

Auditor General's report on Cheyney University paints a 'bleak' outlook

A 54-page report is likely to heighten ongoing concern, not only about Cheyney, but also some of the other 13 state-owned universities.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

AG charges 10 in $1.2 million PennDOT theft

The AG says the managers, assigned to PennDOT’s district covering southeastern Pennsylvania, took kickbacks from highway inspectors.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirms $151M ruling against Wal-Mart

The case concerns unpaid wages from work during breaks and in other circumstances.

1 week ago


 The performance audit document dated Dec. 10 was shared with officials at Cheyney and with the State System.

Pennsylvania audit finds Cheyney University in deep financial trouble

The 54-page report by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale paints a dire picture of the state school’s financial health.

1 week ago


 Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County.

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings found dead near Philadelphia

Bradley W. Stone, wanted in the killings of his ex-wife and five of her family members, was found in a wooded area near his home.

1 week ago


 Police are looking for 35-year-old Bradley William Stone, of Pennsburg, in the killings of six people in the Philadelphia area.

Manhunt on for ex-Marine suspected of killing ex-wife, five relatives in Philadelphia area

Police said Bradley W. Stone, 35, of Pennsburg also killed his ex-wife’s mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and niece.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Two Philadelphia legislators face indictment in case Kane refused to file

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams is expected to charge state Reps. Reps. Ronald G. Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown.

1 week ago


 The Philadelphia district attorney charged state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with accepting money in exchange for promises of political actions.

Two Philly state reps charged with accepting bribes

They were charged by Philadelphia authorities after state Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused to prosecute, saying the case was flawed.

1 week ago


Man pays for $50,000 worth of layaway at a Walmart in Pennsylvania

The store manager said the benefactor showed up at the Walmart in Mechanicsburg on Monday with a cashier's check that covered 100 accounts.

1 week ago


 Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Masser has informed the board that he does not expect a quorum of 16 members needed to conduct business.

PSU alumni trustees fail to draw quorum for meeting on NCAA suit

Nine alumni members of the 31-member board of trustees want the board to join plaintiffs who want NCAA sanctions overturned.

1 week ago


 Police gather today near a home in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes.

Police: Six dead, suspect on the loose near Philadelphia

The Montgomery County DA said the victims had a “familial relationship” to suspect Bradley William Stone.

1 week ago


 A state child protective services law that takes effect Dec. 31, among other things, expands background checks for school volunteers.

New Pennsylvania law expands school clearance requirements

The law, which takes effect Dec. 31, also spells out duties of teachers and other “mandated reporters” in reporting suspected child abuse.

1 week ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has said he hopes to dismantle Healthy PA in favor of a more straightforward expansion of Medicaid.

Thousands of applications received for Healthy PA program

Enrollment opened Dec. 1, and about 600,000 Pennsylvanians are estimated to be eligible for coverage.

1 week ago


U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns

States and the federal government have handed out tens of millions in public dollars to rail companies and government agencies.

1 week ago


 Kim Stolfer, the president of Firearm Owners Against Crime, notes that for 40 years, state law has said, “[n]o county,  municipality, or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components.” Based on that, said Mr. Stolfer, “Why can’t [local officials] learn to shut up?”

New law triggers war of words over firearms

New state law brings out the big guns against rarely enforced local firearm ordinances.

1 week ago


 In documents, Aetna argues that Allegheny Health Network and Highmark are violating a 2013 state agreement.

Aetna, Highmark land in court over contract dispute

A court hearing on Aetna's request to stop Highmark from canceling Aetna's contract with Jefferson Hospital was heard in Harrisburg.

2 weeks ago


 University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann lies on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday. Their demonstration symbolized the 4 1/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Penn president feels heat from police for 'die in'

Amy Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday.

2 weeks ago


 "The Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan in 2010

Aide to 'Sixth Sense' director admits to stealing $15,000 from him

Selma Nolan Cody, the former house manager for M. Night Shyamalan’s Chester County home, pleaded guilty this week to theft.

2 weeks ago


 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

Job creation programs fall short of predictions, audit finds

A state audit found that 56 percent of contracts in audited job creation programs created or retained as many jobs as predicted.

2 weeks ago


 The federal courthouse Downtown

U.S. House approves renaming Pittsburgh federal courthouse for Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr.

Judge Weis, who died in March, retired from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year at age 90, having served there for 40 years.

2 weeks ago


Penn State alumni trustees aim to join lawsuit against NCAA

The alumni trustees’ goal is that the university become a plaintiff instead of a defendant in the suit against the NCAA.

2 weeks ago


Group girds for battle over its call for a U.S. constitutional convention

The Assembly of State Legislatures, a new group advocating for a convention of the states, met for the third time Monday and Tuesday.

2 weeks ago


 Penn State University president Eric Barron

Lawmaker angered over Penn State chief's hands-up gesture

Republican state Rep. Jerry Knowles says Mr. Barron’s gesture was disrespectful and a “slap in the face to law enforcement.”

2 weeks ago



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