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PennDOT cautions holiday drivers to avoid I-81 during snowstorm

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is urging holiday drivers to avoid Interstate 81 as a storm that’s bringing up

about 9 hours ago


Central, eastern Pa. government offices, schools close ahead of snowfall

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said it closed government offices in and around Harrisburg, Reading, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

about 9 hours ago


Pennsylvania Sen. Corman wants Penn State sanctions suit moved to mediation

The senator’s attorney, Matthew Haverstick, wrote a letter to the court’s chief clerk making the request on Tuesday.

about 9 hours ago


Police: Two shot at Reading barber shop

A separate shooting occurred at the same location on Tuesday.

about 3 hours ago


 James Love tends Salvation Army red kettle  in Market Square as Kayla Cook, center, and her mother Ellen Collins, left, prepare to make donations.

Salvation Army lowers goal for iconic Red Kettle fundraising drive

Campaign goals are revised downward due to fewer days of giving between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

about 19 hours ago


Philadelphia one of three finalists to host Democratic convention

New York City and Columbus are also hoping to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania Turnpike says 11 workers disciplined over porn on agency's email system

A spokesman said today the punishment ranged from suspension for the most serious violations to letters of reprimand.

1 day ago


Welfare becomes state Department of Human Services today

The name Department of Human Services more accurately reflects that the department does more than handle welfare payments, proponents say.

2 days ago


 People walk past a  2016 Democratic National Convention bus outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as committee members tour the site in August.

Philadelphia one of three finalists to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

The DNC committee expects to make a decision early next year. New York City and Columbus also are finalists.

2 days ago


Man drowns trying to pull boy, 9, from northeastern Pa. stream

Officials say the boy fell into the water as he walked with Robert Kehoe Jr. and a younger boy around 4:30 p.m.

2 days ago


 Robert R. Jennings, president of Lincoln University in Chester County, Pa.

Lincoln University president quits amid criticism over rape remark

The president commented at an all-women’s convocation in September about how false rape allegations can ruin a young man’s life.

2 days ago


 Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff

Ex-Steelers corner Woodruff to run for Pa. Supreme Court

The 57-year-old played in the NFL from 1979 to 1990, and was on the squad that beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.

2 days ago


Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational

New lawsuit filed seeks a judicial order, this time armed with state test results showing schools failing to meet state academic standards.

3 days ago


Public complaints prompt Reading officials to replace 'ugly' Christmas tree

A group led by City Council president Francis Acosta has begun raising private funds to replace it with something that’s more impressive.

4 days ago


 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges.

Experts question results in Turnpike corruption case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagree whether the lack of jail sentences signals the Turnpike case wasn’t a worthwhile prosecution.

4 days ago


 A recent traveler to West Africa was being evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but tests showed the patient does not have the virus, the hospital said today.

Hospital: Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

The announcement came just a few hours after the hospital reported that the patient was being evaluated.

5 days ago


 Eric Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse in Milford in northeastern Pennsylvania after his arraignment on Oct. 31.

More search warrants released in Frein case

The warrants show police were interested in scouring Eric Frein’s Internet activity, downloads, writings, images, map history and contacts.

5 days ago


 On the assessment tests, math fell from 79.9 percent in 2011 to 73.3 percent in 2014, a drop of 6.6 percentage points.

Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show

State test results decline for all students and some subgroups, including economically disadvantaged and special education students.

5 days ago


Reopen Pennsylvania health centers, Supreme Court rules

The state closed 16 health centers, including those in Armstrong, Beaver, Greene,  Somerset counties, and one of two in Westmoreland County.

5 days ago


 The office of Attorney General’s Kathleen Kane fired four employees and suspended 11 others without pay for exchanging the sexually explicit emails through agency email accounts.

Pennsylvania AG Kane says no prosecution decision yet in email scandal

The scandal involves the email exchange of pornographic images and videos by state government employees.

6 days ago


 Judges’ pay in Pennsylvania is set to increase, with boosts of more than $3,000 for state Supreme Court justices.

Cost-of-living raises boost top Pennsylvania officials' pay

The elected row officers — attorney general, treasurer and auditor general — will see their salaries increase by $2,500 to nearly $159,000.

6 days ago


Pa. Supreme Court: $500K limit proper for girl run over by school bus

State law makes most governmental entities immune from civil liability but permits damages of up to $500,000 for motor vehicle accidents.

6 days ago


 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joseph Brimmeier

Two former Pa. Turnpike officials plead guilty to conflict of interest

Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joseph Brimmeier and former COO George Hatalowich will both serve a term of 60 months of probation.

5 days ago


Driver faces charges after two killed in tractor-trailer crash

The 50-year-old driver, who authorities have not identified, will face two counts of homicide by vehicle and numerous other charges .

6 days ago


Congressmen demand NCAA release Penn State documents

The documents related to the 2012 consent decree over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

6 days ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pennsylvania attorney general says graphic emails had children, violence

Kathleen Kane describes images exchanged by state government officials as “deplorable.”

1 week ago


Man from Pittsburgh region arrested in killing near Edinboro U

The shooting spurred in a universitywide lockdown affecting thousands of students, faculty and visitors for about four hours Monday night.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett intends to move ahead with Medicaid plan, despite successor’s wishes

Lame duck Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration is moving ahead on implementing Healthy PA — even though Tom Wolf said he plans to scrap it.

1 week ago


 Monsignor William Lynn walks from the criminal justice center in Philadelphia after a bail hearing in January. Monsignor Lynn, a Roman Catholic priest who recently won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal, was released from prison but has remained on house arrest.

Pennsylvania high court weighs priest abuse case

Monsignor William Lynn was the first U.S. church official ever charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania judge halts execution to allow lethal injection challenge

Michael Ballard pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend and three others in Northampton in June 2010.

1 week ago


Philadelphia priest dies while appealing sexual-abuse conviction

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 67, of Wynnewood, was in the second year of a six- to 12-year sentence stemming from his 2013 conviction.

1 week ago


 Pope Francis confirmed early today that he will come to Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families. It will be his first visit to the United States since his inauguration in March 2013.

Pittsburgh Catholics preparing to see pope in Philadelphia

The September 2015 gathering will be the pope’s first scheduled visit to the United States since his inauguration in March 2013.

1 week ago


 The Soldiers National Museum has been a landmark on Gettysburg’s Baltimore Street for half a century.

Defunct Civil War museum selling treasures

Fewer visitors means the closing of Gettysburg’s Soldiers National Museum and the sale of its varied collection of Civil War artifacts.

1 week ago


Moody's reacts to overhaul of Pennsylvania program for distressed municipalities

Pittsburgh and several local municipalities have been in the Act 47 program almost since its inception in the late 1980s.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania state Attorney General Kathleen Kane fields questions from the media at a news conference in June.

Secret investigation into Pa. AG’s office verified

Attorney General Kathleen Kane indicated that the investigation deals with an alleged violation of grand jury secrecy by her office.

1 week ago


 Mara Sweterlitsch, 47, uses a speech-generating device to communicate with the world.

Medicare policy changes rattle those who depend on communication devices

A possible change in Medicare policy has rattled people with disabilities who depend on communication tools to function.

1 week ago


State will extend women’s health care coverage program

Limited health insurance plan will be discontinued to make way for transitioning women to “Healthy PA” plans Jan. 1.

1 week ago


$1.85 billion state budget shortfall foreseen for next fiscal year

The Independent Fiscal Office sees a long-term fiscal imbalance. Gov.-elect Tom Wolf warns that “what lies ahead could be worse.”

1 week ago


 Penn State Board of Trustees member Anthony Lubrano

Penn State trustees postpone discussion on lawsuit vs. NCAA

Board of Trustees meeting in University Park draws angry crowd.

1 week ago


 Attorney Andrew Shubin represented nine of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He is also involved in the "Happy Valley" documentary, which is being shown tonight in State College.

Sandusky victims’ attorney: Penn State scandal needs to be story of accountability

Attorney Andrew Shubin says none of the victims in this case believed that Jerry Sandusky would be convicted.

1 week ago


 Penn State University president Eric J. Barron addresses a meeting of the trustees in State College on Friday.

Penn State trustees defer talk on suing NCAA

Trustees meeting draws angry crowd that voices its displeasure with trustees for declining to revisit the controversial Freeh Report.

1 week ago


Jury awards $45 million to Philadelphia woman held in captivity for more than decade

Tamara Breeden and the others were rescued in October 2011 from a boiler room in the basement of an apartment house.

1 week ago


 The sun sets over the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland. At the University of Pittsburgh, the base yearly in-state tuition as of this fall is $16,872.

Cost of public colleges in Pennsylvania continues to soar, report finds

The College Board report says families are struggling with the effects of successive price hikes imposed during the recent recession.

1 week ago


 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Trooper ambush suspect Frein charged with terrorism

Authorities have added terrorism charges against a man accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks and killing a trooper.

1 week ago


 “We might end up having a very thoughtful discussion on the position that the university has taken,” Penn State President Eric Barron said Thursday.

Penn State trustees plan to discuss NCAA sanctions

Penn State’s agreement to the 2012 Consent Decree continues to be a point of contention among the board of trustees.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks in Pittsburgh on Sept. 29. Ms. Kane suffered a concussion in an Oct. 21 car accident.

State AG Kane to return to work after car accident

Kathleen G. Kane wasn’t wearing her seat belt, and was injured when she hit her head in the low-speed accident.

1 week ago


 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike commissioner Mitchell Rubin, left, and his attorney David Shapiro leave the Dauphin County Courthouse after Mr. Rubin's his arraignment in March 2013.

Former Pa. Turnpike official pleads guilty to bribery

Mitchell Rubin agreed in court to 24 months of probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $2,500 fine.

1 week ago


 Former FBI Director Louis Freeh speaks in Philadelphia in 2012.

Emails show NCAA, Freeh worked together in Penn State investigation

Lawyers for state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, question how much the Freeh findings may have been influenced by the NCAA.

2 weeks ago


 Republican Jake Corman of Centre County was selected as the new majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate.

Corman defeats Pileggi as Senate GOP leader

Allegheny County Rep. Mike Turzai is expected to be elected House speaker.

2 weeks ago


Wolf wants ethics pledges from transition team

Mr. Wolf says his incoming chief of staff, Katie McGinty, was the first person to sign the agreement.

2 weeks ago



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