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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.

about 8 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 16 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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 .

2 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.

3 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.”

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

5 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Corbett administration starts preparing Pennsylvania Medicaid enrollees for benefits overhaul

Notices were mailed out last week, and the Corbett administration says affected enrollees will be sorted into one of two plans.

1 week ago


 Eric Matthew Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse with police officers after an arraignment in Milford, Pa., in northeastern Pennsylvania Oct. 31.

Attorney: Police refused him access to ambush suspect Frein

Authorities have not revealed what Eric Frein, who is charged with killing a state trooper, told them in an interview at the barracks.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Domini Pileggi, R-Delaware

GOP leadership fight widens in Pennsylvania Senate

State Sen. Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County says he is running for president pro tempore against Sen. Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had urged the Legislature to not pass a gun bill, Act 192, which gives the National Rifle Association and similar organizations standing to sue Pennsylvania municipalities over local gun control legislation. The cities of Pittsburgh, Lancaster and Philadelphia, as well as several Democratic state legislators, have filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia sue over new gun law

The law gives the NRA and similar organizations standing to sue Pennsylvania municipalities over local gun control legislation.

1 week ago


 Kate McGinty  will work on Mr. Wolf’s transition team until Jan. 20.

Gov.-elect Wolf names McGinty as chief of staff

Ms. McGinty, 51, who ran in the Democratic primary for governor, headed the Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Ed Rendell.

1 week ago


Penn State to auction off unused patents

Minimum prices range from $5,000 to $25,000 for for patents that Penn State owns but never developed into a commercial use.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett is named as one of the respondents in a lawsuit filed Monday by six school districts.

Six school districts file suit against Pennsylvania over school funding

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Education Law Center represent six districts that say state funding isn’t fair.

1 week ago


 In this July 12, 1995 file photo, convicted police killer and death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia's City Hall after a hearing.

Abu-Jamal, prisoner advocates sue over Pennsylvania law restricting speech

Mumia Abu-Jamal and prisoner-rights groups filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to stop the law.

1 week ago


 This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)

Mother doesn't believe her son beat 3-year-old Pa. boy to death

The grandmother of the 3-year-boy who was beaten to death says her son, accused in the torture and murder, is being “railroaded.”

2 weeks ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett in August.

Corbett's remarks about Paterno draw reaction from PSU trustees

Pennsylvania’s governor said Penn State’s Joe Paterno “probably” shouldn’t have been fired in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

2 weeks ago


Pa. Insurance Dept. won’t appeal Highmark ruling

Some seniors and their families, will not have access to UPMC providers under Highmark insurance plan.

2 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf meets with well-wishers outside the Manchester Cafe in York County on Wednesday, the day after he won the gubernatorial election.

Gov.-elect Wolf to forgo state salary

Tom Wolf said he’ll give the $187,256 salary to charity or return it to the state, depending on what the law allows.

2 weeks ago



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