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NCAA drops Corbett from suit over state law

The NCAA has dropped the governor from its lawsuit challenging a state law that limits where $60 million in PSU fine money can be spent.

about 22 hours ago


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette argues for change to state email practices under Right to Know law

The commonwealth argued that the 2008 Right to Know law still gives the state the right to set its own records retention policies.

about 23 hours ago


 Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear Monday on the South Side to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Clinton, above, speaks during the annual meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative in New York City Sept. 23.

Bill Clinton to campaign for Wolf in Pittsburgh

The Wolf campaign said Clinton will lead a mid-day rally Monday at the IBEW electrical workers’ union hall on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

about 23 hours ago


 FBI agents prepare to patrol the woods in Swiftwater in northeastern Pennsylvania Saturday during a massive manhunt for suspect Eric Frein.

Poconos schools closed due to manhunt for suspect in trooper slaying

The two reported spottings, one on Friday and another Monday, have prompted police to shift their search area for suspect Eric Frein.

1 day ago


Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Law would allow groups like it to sue over municipal regulations related to firearms.

1 day ago


Lottery bill will expected to increase profits from instant tickets

Governor expected to sign bill which will decrease revenue going to senior programs to 25 percent from the current 27 percent.

1 day ago


 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Governor signs Pennsylvania law to curb 'obscene celebrity' of convicted killer Abu-Jamal

The measure was prompted by the pre-recorded speech Abu-Jamal gave earlier this month to graduates at Vermont’s Goddard College.

1 day ago


 Demolition crews tear down part of the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters that was destroyed by fire on Oct. 3 in Somerset County.

Pennsylvania fire marshal: Cause of Flight 93 memorial fire may never be known

The investigation has found no signs of arson or foul play in the Oct. 3 fire.

1 day ago


 Highmark headquarters at Fifth Avenue Place as seen at sunset in February.

Highmark fights Pa. hearing over Community Blue plan

The Community Blue Medicare Advantage excludes members from in-network access to UPMC.

1 day ago


 In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near a rig that drills into shale at a well site in Washington, Pa.

Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

2 days ago


 Tom Fodi

Minister challenges incumbent Ravenstahl for House seat

Republican Tom Fodi said Adam Ravenstahl hasn’t shown much leadership, but Mr. Ravenstahl said that’s because the GOP is in charge.

2 days ago


 Eric Frein is seen in a still shot from a video documentary about the Vietnam War.

School in Swiftwater boosts security after possible sighting of trooper shooting suspect

A woman out for a walk Friday night spotted a rifle-toting man with a mud-covered face near Pocono Mountain East High School.

2 days ago


Power plants seek to extend life of nuclear reactors

Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical than building new plants. But the idea is striking.

2 days ago


 Eric Frein

Pennsylvania police say fugitive may have been spotted

A woman walking near Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater spotted a man matching Eric Frein’s description around 9 p.m. Friday.

3 days ago


Sluggish Pa. employment persists in September

Pennsylvania’s economic recovery is slower than the rest of the nation.

4 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett and other top state officials this morning are discussing steps Pennsylvania is taking to prepare for any cases of the Ebola virus.

Gov. Corbett: Three Pennsylvanians being monitored in Ebola probe

Gov. Tom Corbett said the three people aren’t showing symptoms of Ebola and aren’t being quarantined.

5 days ago


 Justice J. Michael Eakin

Pennsylvania Justice Eakin dragged into lewd email scandal; accuses McCaffery of blackmail

The state Supreme Court’s lewd email scandal has now mushroomed into an alleged case of extortion, by one justice’s account.

4 days ago


 Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Alex Douglass.

Trooper hurt in barracks shooting leaves hospital; suspect still sought

Lt. Christopher Paris said today that Trooper Alex Douglass is “working very hard” on getting better.

5 days ago


Spikes in ER visits normal for newly insured, study finds

Will ER visits among Pennsylvania’s poor rise or drop once they enroll in the “Healthy PA” Medicaid subsidy program? The answer: both.

5 days ago


Bill to prevent abusive teachers from moving districts awaits governor's signature

Pennsylvania would be the third state to bar teachers accused of sexual misconduct from quietly moving to another district.

5 days ago


 Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, left, and Justice Seamus McCaffery.

McCaffery apologizes for role in porn email scandal

Justice Seamus McCaffery has called criticism of his actions a “cooked-up controversy.”

5 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett shakes hands with Don Smith of the RIDC before speaking at the announcement of of redevelopment plans for the Almono-Hazelwood site in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Corbett visits Hazelwood to announce $10 million grant for Almono redevelopment project

The new helping of election eve largesse followed the pattern of similar check presentations across the commonwealth.

6 days ago


Pa. Legislature’s Act 47 overhaul draws criticism

The governor is expected to sign the legislation.

5 days ago


Pa. Senate defeats union dues measure

A proposal opposed by Pennsylvania labor unions was defeated in the state Senate Wednesday.

6 days ago


 Pennsylvania Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, opposed a measure that the Senate passed late Wednesday giving gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

The amendment has its origins in a legal battle between the city of Philadelphia and the NRA, which sued over gun control ordinances.

6 days ago


 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice linked to over 200 explicit emails

Justice Castille’s announcement came hours after Randy Feathers announced that he would be resigning.

6 days ago


 Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, left, and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Mr. Flynn exchanged shots with a would-be assailant Tuesday night near the Capitol.

Street crimes hit home for Pa. legislators

State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former Lackawanna County Prison guard and supervisor, traded gunfire during an attempted robbery.

6 days ago


 August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Foreclosure of Wilson Center awaits full reporting of assets

Despite Orphans’ Court Judge Lawrence O’Toole’s prodding, the attorney general’s office has yet to produce the accounting.

1 week ago


Pa. Legislature moves closer to OK on monitoring of prescription drugs

The Pennsylvania General Assembly moved toward approving the monitoring of prescription drugs in an effort to prevent substance abuse.

1 week ago


 Hundreds of cabs show up on Oct. 8 in front of Philadelphia City Hall to show their solidarity against Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies.

Ride-sharing firms stake claims in Philadelphia area

As legislative battle over ride-share services bogs down over insurance industry opposition, Philadelphia yearns for what Pittsburgh has.

1 week ago


 “There are still a lot of people who are behind on their bills, who are struggling,” said state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park.

Pennsylvania provision on utility shutoffs set for renewal

The controversial law allows utility companies to shut off service to some customers who fail to pay their heating bills.

1 week ago


Education adviser Tomalis had no employment contract

Ron Tomalis had no contract with state government despite an adviser job that paid nearly $140,000 a year.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf share a laugh during their debate at "Breakfast with the Candidates" event Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

Who's contributing cash to Pennsylvania governor's race?

As Nov. 4 nears, track where contributions to the governor’s race between Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are coming from.

1 week ago


 State police believe they have shooting suspect Eric Frein contained in a 5-square-mile area in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania. As long as they do, they said, Mr. Frein doesn’t have access to a lot of potential victims.

Authorities fear state police shooting suspect looking to repeat

Also, State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, is asking lawmakers to review the police response and impact on the area.

1 week ago


Eastern Pennsylvania woman gets maximum sentence in boy’s death

The (Easton) Express-Times reported that a judge imposed the maximum sentence Monday on 35-year-old Essence James of Allentown.

1 week ago


 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, joined by Aliquippa School District Superintendent David Wytiaz, Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker and state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, speaks on education funding at Aliquippa High School this afternoon.

Candidate Wolf can’t commit on giving details of tax plan

But Mr. Wolf has said repeatedly that he can't provide more specifics on his proposed tax overhaul without seeing current numbers.

1 week ago


 Eric Frein is seen in a still shot from a video documentary about the Vietnam War.

Frein manhunt costs at least $1.4 million per week

The round-the-clock manhunt involving as many as 1,000 officers each day is now in its fifth week.

1 week ago


 Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, conducts a rules committee meeting on the state budget in 2012 in Harrisburg.

Conservative unease growing toward leadership in Pennsylvania Senate

A second GOP senator in two weeks has written to Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, with complaints.

1 week ago


Penn State student arraigned on terroristic threats, disorderly conduct charges

Jong Seong Shim, 20, told police that the threat was "a prank," university spokeswoman Lisa Powers said.

1 week ago


 Terry Mutchler is a former journalist and Pennsylvania’s first executive director of the Office of Open Records. Her new book  "Under the Dome," describes her secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois state senator who mentored Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania's open records officer opens book on her past

Terry Mutchler has written a book exploring a past love kept under wraps, and the larger issue of gay marriage in America.

1 week ago


 “I was not surprised when he called me a few years ago and said he was interested in running for governor,” said a college friend of Tom Wolf. “I was surprised that it took so long.”

As Tom Wolf seeks the Pennsylvania governor's office, political life comes full circle

Rather than working his way up the political ladder in a more traditional path, he’s trying to start near the top.

1 week ago


Michelle Obama going to Philadelphia to support Tom Wolf

The Wolf campaign says Mrs. Obama will appear at an event Wednesday to help him get votes in his bid to become governor.

1 week ago


Penn State police respond to shooting threat posted on social media

The post threatened a possible shooting at the HUB -- a dining and social center on Penn State's campus -- on Monday at noon.

1 week ago


Some teachers still awaiting last year's evaluations

The 2014-15 school year is well underway, but the state has not yet released last year’s test data on how students are doing.

1 week ago


Chief justice receives files related to email scandal

Chief Justice Ronald Castille had asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane to identify any judicial official who exchanged explicit emails.

1 week ago


Pa. Chief Justice Castille given emails, images in porn inquiry

The attorney general’s office turned over hundreds of emails, approximately 1,500 images and 65 video clips.

1 week ago


 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen Downtown in June.

Lyft gets extension on temporary license

But the commissioners denied Lyft’s request to amend two conditions of the license.

1 week ago


 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd after Mr. Wolf introduced her to the crowd at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Clinton, Christie rally Pennsylvania for Wolf and Corbett

Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie among the big names campaigning in the commonwealth.

1 week ago


 The university was founded in 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education hopeful enrollment drop is abating

The system is aiming high with its state appropriation request for next year -- seeking a 12 percent increase for the 14 campuses.

1 week ago


Distribution of money for K-12 schools in Pa. uneven, study says

“Revenue and spending across Pennsylvania school districts fails to meet basic equity standards,” the study stated.

1 week ago



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