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Optum buys clinic operator MedExpress

The deal appears to align with a national trend that has insurers investing in such freestanding clinics.

about 2 hours ago

 Federal law enforcement depends on thousands of informants to help with criminal cases. But a review of 154 recent federal acquittals nationally found that 1 in 6 involved informant problems.

Justice officials launch another investigation of DEA payments to informants

The agency’s spending on secret sources has increased much faster than its overall budget.

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Critical report prompts actions at Philadelphia VA office

The changes are in response to a scathing report the VA Office of Inspector General released last week.

about 12 hours ago

Central Pennsylvania police officer waives hearing in man’s death

Lisa Mearkle, an officer in Hummelstown, was charged in the shooting death in February of David Kassick, who police say was unarmed.

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Police officer charged with fatal shooting in Dauphin County waives preliminary hearing

Lisa Mearkle, an officer in Hummelstown, was charged in the shooting death in February of David Kassick, who the police say was unarmed.

about 8 hours ago

Police officer charged with homicide in shooting death in Dauphin County

Two months before a police officer shot a South Carolina motorist in the back, David Kassick was killed by a Pennsylvania officer.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in March.

Pennsylvania hospitals worried about Gov. Wolf's budget plan

Medicare payments to hospitals now cover less than 90 percent of cost of care, according to the American Hospital Association.

2 days ago

Judge denies request that would further postpone trial for former PSU officials

Judge Richard A. Lewis issued an order finding no errors that would justify the defendants’ appeal of a January ruling.

1 day ago

Woman charged with attempted homicide in amputated leg case

Precious Richardson Coleman was charged after a vehicle she was driving pinned a woman against a porch in North Philadelphia.

1 day ago

Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.

3 days ago

Attorney seeks to bar release of video in police shooting in Dauphin County

Authorities allege that Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot 59-year-old David Kassick twice in the back during a traffic stop.

2 days ago

Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached.

4 days ago

 Former Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Ex-justice Orie Melvin sends out apology letters to state judiciary

In the letters, Joan Orie Melvin acknowledges the harm caused by her crimes and says she accepts responsibility.

4 days ago

Another contractor charged in PennDOT corruption case

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane last year announced charges against 12 other individuals in connection with the probe.

4 days ago

 Kevin Kless, 23, was beaten to death by three men in Philadelphia in January 2012.

Two Philadelphia bars to pay $7 million to settle fatal beating

Kevin Kless was trying to hail a taxi and yelled at a cab that declined to stop when three men passing by thought he was speaking to them.

4 days ago

 Highmark says UPMC has been using a loophole in Medicare law to extravagantly overbill insurers for cancer therapies since 2010.

Seniors are getting caught in health giant tug-of-war

If Highmark’s Medicare clients lose UPMC access next year, will the divorce agreement between UPMC and Highmark offer seniors any comfort?

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf camp disputes assertion of home-care ‘union ballot’

Union representation isn’t the same as collective bargaining, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and the SEIU.

6 days ago

Ex-Philadelphia drug officer admits 'thousands' of crimes, lies

The ex-officer said he and others in his undercover unit routinely lied to judges and juries after planting evidence, stealing drug money.

5 days ago

Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

Inspectors found the VA manipulated data, mishandled mail and caused veterans to wait an average of 10 months to resolve claims.

5 days ago

 Act 192 has already spawned lawsuits against Pittsburgh and three other municipalities.

Court weighs Pittsburgh, Philadelphia lawsuit against new gun law

The controversial law allows groups like the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws that go beyond Act 192.

5 days ago

Pa. table games bring in record revenue in March

Together, the 12 casinos generated $69.7 million in revenue from table games in March. But Pittsburgh-area casinos didn’t fare as well.

5 days ago

 The plans of both House Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf would boost the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent.

State House Republicans plan tax bill similar to Gov. Wolf's

House Republican leaders plan to boost the personal income tax and sales tax rates in order to reduce school district property taxes.

6 days ago

4 a.m. bar closings proposed to stem 'brain drain' in Pennsylvania

The measure is not aimed at neighborhood bars, but at "designated entertainment zones away from residential neighborhoods."

5 days ago

GOP Rep. Grell named executive director of Pa. teacher pension system

Grell served on the board of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System from 2009 until January.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania DAs take aim at Wolf's death penalty moratorium

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association released a friend-of-the-court brief today.

6 days ago

Low wages weigh on Pennsylvania nursing home workers trying to get by

Nursing home workers depend on the state to help them as they are helping others.

1 week ago

 “The concern right now, in my opinion, is that we don’t have enough providers to meet the current need,” Dr. Neil Capretto said.

Despite many addiction treatment specialists, Pa. faces rising demand

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the number of mental health professionals, but it is losing more of them than most states to retirement.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf thinks pension funds paying too much in fees

A divided government in Harrisburg grapples with what to do about a massive pension fund shortfall.

1 week ago

Judicial campaigns often lean on identity politics

Judicial candidates often tout their personal backgrounds, since they can’t make campaign promises.

1 week ago

Women finding success in statewide judge votes

Women could hold the majority of elected judgeships on statewide appeals courts after this year’s elections.

1 week ago

 Sue Paterno, widow of Joe Paterno.

'We've got to get this solved': Paterno family takes key role in sex abuse prevention effort

The late Joe Paterno’s wife reports on a pilot program funded by the Paterno family that trains adults in child sex abuse prevention.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks in Pittsburgh in September.

Judge orders Attorney General Kane to explain prosecutor's firing

The order came two days after Kathleen Kane’s office fired a prosecutor who had testified about an alleged grand jury leak.

1 week ago

Pa. appeals court upholds $120 million tobacco ruling in favor of state

In October 2013, an arbitration panel slashed about 54 percent of approximately $335 million earmarked for Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

 Former FBI director Louis Freeh

Freeh seeks out-of-county judge for Spanier defamation suit

Louis Freeh’s new filings suggest a good candidate for the job would be Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover.

1 week ago

 Carolyn Myers, spokeswoman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, pictured, could not explain the reason for the dismissal of James Barker.

Pa. Attorney General Kane fires top aide who testified in leak probe

AG Kathleen Kane fired James Barker, the chief deputy attorney general for appeals and legal services, her office confirmed.

1 week ago

 Mine rescue workers check teammates' emergency breathing packs as they prepare to enter Consol Energy's Harvey Mine for a rescue drill Wednesday to test the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) new Mine Emergency Operations system.

New technology aims to improve communication between mine workers, command center

At a drill Wednesday at Consol Energy’s Harvey Mine in Washington County, teams tested new mine emergency operations response equipment.

1 week ago

 The $45.3 million increase for the State System would be the largest in its history if Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-16 state budget is passed, board members said.

State System narrowly approves tuition freeze, with a caveat

The freeze, the first since 1998, would take effect provided the governor's double-digit boost in campus aid passes the Legislature.

1 week ago

 Chris Sandvig, regional policy director for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, speaks today about the importance of federal transportation during a press conference at the Wood Street T Station, Downtown.

Transportation advocates urge Congress to move on funding

Today's rally at Wood Street Station, Downtown, is one of more than 150 scheduled on national Stand Up for Transportation Day.

1 week ago

 In this March 12, 2015 photo, U.S. Army veteran Michael Maitland wears a sticker depicting a Combat Infantryman Badge, seen at top right, on his hard hat as he works on a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic that is under construction in Fayetteville, N.C.

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

But the wait times at Pennsylvania clinics were better than the average.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera greets students at Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 after speaking Tuesday during an assembly.

Acting state education secretary gets a primer on Allegheny County issues

County school superintendents find acting Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera well-versed on issues.

1 week ago

 “On review, however, the Wolf administration apparently has embraced the previous administration’s position,” the application reads.

PG joined by other news outlets in high court case over state emails

The case pits the intent of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law against the state’s ability to maintain records any way it wishes.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Unionizing battle for Pennsylvania home-care workers heating up

Labor groups want to organize home-care workers, but are running into political resistance.

1 week ago

Prosecutors, police urge Pa. lawmakers to include strict controls in any medical marijuana law

Spokesmen for three law-enforcement groups testified today during a fact-finding hearing of the House Health and Judiciary committees.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Gov. Wolf: No need for AG Kane to resign

Kathleen Kane has deflected calls to resign as a county district attorney weighs whether to charge her with perjury and other crimes.

1 week ago

 PennDOT reported significant declines statewide in deaths of occupants not using seat belts.

Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reach record low since 1928

In Allegheny County, the number of fatalities fell from 65 in 2013 to 59 last year.

1 week ago

 The six Democrats and six Republicans vying for three state Supreme Court seats are required to file their first financial reports of 2015 today.

Money can mean credibility, or lack of it, for Pennsylvania judicial candidates

In a Brennan Center for Justice poll, nearly nine in 10 said campaign contributions have a “great deal” or “some” influence on rulings.

2 weeks ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey's lead over Sestak grows in polls for next year's Senate race

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., makes apparent gains over his would-be challenger, Democrat Joe Sestak, in a new Quinnpiac University poll.

2 weeks ago

 A state law that took effect in November 2014 allows police officers and firefighters to administer naloxone, and members of some municipal forces already are prepared to do so.

Pennsylvania State Police to carry medication for opioid drug overdoses

A law approved in November permits police officers to administer naloxone to counteract drug overdoses for opioids such as heroin.

2 weeks ago

 Jerry Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.

Penn State looks to settle another Sandusky lawsuit

The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote.

1 week ago

Wolf taps businessman Timothy Reese as state's next treasurer

A longtime investor and entrepreneur, Reese serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

1 week ago


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