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 State troopers escort suspect Eric Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early today in northeastern Pennsylvania. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, was arrested Thursday night in an abandoned hangar after a 48-day manhunt.

DA to seek death penalty for Frein in ambush shooting death of Pennsylvania trooper

After a 48-day manhunt, the self-described survivalist surrendered in an abandoned hangar. He’s scheduled to appear in court today.

17 minutes ago


 Seamus McCaffery

McCaffery's resignation from Pennsylvania Supreme Court reduces risk to his pension

In stepping down from the state Supreme Court this week, former Justice Seamus McCaffery reduced most risk to his sizable state pension.

1 day ago


Halloween canceled in northeastern Pennsylvania as police continue manhunt

Officials in rural Barrett canceled the beloved Halloween ritual and the annual parade because of the police manhunt for Eric Frein.

about 20 hours ago


Chancellor, presidents receive raises from State System of Higher Education

Among the 14 presidents, the largest boost was a 13.2 percent, or $29,078, increase awarded to Bloomsburg University president David Soltz.

1 day ago


 State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-Philadelphia

Pa. legislator gets house arrest in $200K corruption case; staff worked on 'birthday' fundraiser

The judge said Sen. LeAnna Washington's case is one "that will taint, that will cloud, that will obscure" the works of good legislators."

about 18 hours ago


 Seamus McCaffery

Quick fix unlikely in bid to fill McCaffery's Pennsylvania Supreme Court seat

Under the state constitution, the governor has authority to nominate someone to fill the seat through next year.

1 day ago


 In this June 26 photo, Rob King shows off the sensor that attaches to the bottom of a surveillance blimp, a large helium balloon that has cameras attached, at Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center in Clintonville, Ohio. Pennsylvania State Police say they were using the device in the manhunt for Pennsylvania trooper killing suspect Eric Frein.

Unmanned balloon a bust in Pennsylvania manhunt

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

1 day ago


Robert Burgess found guilty of first-degree murder

Burgess was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of a Beaver Falls couple six years ago is set to be sentenced this morning.

2 days ago


 Former FBI director Louis Freeh speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia in 2012.

Penn State trustees vote down revisiting Freeh Report

Trustees voted 17-9 against a resolution backed by alumni-elected trustees

2 days ago


 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was found guilty of six criminal counts and sentenced in May 2013.

Orie Melvin’s apology called a non-apology

She was convicted of using judicial and legislative staff of her sister, ex-state Sen. Jane Orie, during her campaigns for Supreme Court.

2 days ago


 Acting state Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq,

Open Records Office orders release of education secretary emails

In a request filed by the Post-Gazette, the office ordered the release of emails written by Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.

3 days ago


Uber battle heats up in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Parking Authority officials vowed Monday to continue their crackdown on UberX drivers, impounding cars and issuing fines.

3 days ago


 John Yanik developed a serious infection two days after the 2013 surgery to remove his thyroid that turned his left forearm pink.

Emergencies, VA bureaucracy create headaches for veteran

Air Force veteran John Yanik is in a tussle with the VA over bills for his two cancer surgeries because he developed a serious infection

3 days ago


Morgantown says cost of disturbances over $45K

Morgantown estimates the costs associated with vandalism and disturbances following the football team’s victory over Baylor University.

3 days ago


 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice McCaffery steps down from Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Justice McCaffery was a central figure in an ongoing scandal over pornographic e-mail messages.

3 days ago


 Eric Frein

Pennsylvania police using unmanned balloon from Ohio in search for trooper killing suspect

State police said today the Ohio Department of Transportation donated the use of the large, unmanned Mylar balloon.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania GOP blasts Wolf prior to Bill Clinton visit

GOP officials mocked Wolf for what they call the paucity of detail he has offered for his plan to revise the state's personal income tax.

3 days ago


 “Special interests are increasingly seeing judicial elections as an attractive investment,” said Matt Menendez, attorney for the Brennan Center for Justice.

Should Pennsylvania judges be elected? Recent scandals force the question

In light of the recurring scandals on the state Supreme Court, is there a better way of selecting appellate judges in Pennsylvania?

4 days ago


 Frank Schaefer, the former Lebanon, Pa., pastor defrocked and then reinstated after officiating his gay son's wedding, has cleared his final legal hurdle.

Restoration reaffirmed for Methodist minister

The decision brings closure to a case that last year inflamed tensions and led to calls for a schism within the church.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania police seek help in finding knife-wielding robber

So far the suspect has threatened three different people. The incidents took place on Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 26, state police said.

3 days ago


 Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign rally for Tom Wolf today on the South Side.

Clinton stumps for Wolf, rues excessive partisanship

In a South Side appearance, former President Bill Clinton said Democrats must vote Nov. 4 to ensure Tom Wolf becomes governor.

3 days ago


UberX launches in Philly amid uncertainty over taxis

UberX has been available in Pittsburgh since March, but just rolled into Philadelphia this weekend.

5 days ago


Pennsylvania sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection.

6 days ago


 Some 90,000 Pennsylvania women are at risk of losing access to the free family planning and women’s health-care coverage they now receive through a special Medicaid program.

Thousands of Pennsylvania women could lose some health coverage

Some 90,000 women now receive free family planning and women’s health coverage through a special Medicaid program that will soon end.

1 week ago


 Barbara Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrates the proper technique for donning protective gear during an Ebola educational session for health care workers in New York City.

Protocol outlined for Pennsylvania Ebola monitoring

Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to take their temperature twice a day and report results to health

6 days ago


State ​DEP fines Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority for safe drinking water violations

The $114,000 fine is the largest the DEP's Safe Drinking Water Program in the Southwest Region has levied in 20 years.

6 days ago


 A Lyft car drives down Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

Pennsylvania PUC board votes to unseal Lyft trip data

The trip data was provided to the PUC by Lyft while it was under a cease-and-desist order earlier this year, but not disclosed publicly.

1 week ago


 Among the most central of disagreements is over a new, lost-cost, narrow-network Highmark insurance plan for seniors that excludes UPMC physicians and hospitals.

Highmark, UPMC regulators spar in court

Representatives of Highmark and UPMC, and state regulators who brokered a deal between them, disagreed on many things Wednesday.

1 week ago


Man who looks like subject of Pennsylvania manhunt says he's been stopped repeatedly

James Tully, 39, of Canadensis, he’s been stopped and questioned more than 20 times by authorities

1 week ago


 Red-light cameras stand at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue in Philadelphia.

Philly red-light camera revenue to fund six Allegheny County projects

Some $6.6 million will be given to 37 municipalities to fund 41 projects across the state.

1 week ago


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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Sluggish Pa. employment persists in September

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago



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