The state game commission preliminarily passed a measure Tuesday to raise the fine to $2,500 for killing bald or golden eagles, which are protected under state and federal law even though they aren’t considered an endangered or threatened species in Pennsylvania.

State proposes raising fines for killing bald or golden eagles

In time for July 4, the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposed raising fines for killing bald eagles to $2,500 for a first offense.

about 4 hours ago

 Feeding Pennsylvania says that former energy industry executive Jane Clements-Smith has been named its executive director. Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of eight Feeding America affiliated food banks.

Feeding Pennsylvania appoints executive director

Former natural gas executive Jane Clements-Smith became executive director of hunger relief nonprofit Feeding Pennsylvania this week.

about 4 hours ago

GOP activists claim district judge must resign to seek state Senate seat

Republican activists contend that Guy Reschenthaler is violating judicial ethical rules.

1 day ago

Pa. AG Kane's twin sister sued by ex-boyfriend over $200,000 loan

Kathleen Kane’s twin, Ellen Granahan, was sued in Lackawanna County Court last month by Jacob Wentland III, of Dunmore.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said he is open to expanding the availability of wine and beer into more locations, such as supermarkets.

Wolf vetoes GOP liquor privatization bill for Pennsylvania

The governor’s veto of the high-profile Republican priority comes after a Tuesday veto of a GOP-crafted state budget.

1 day ago

 Their actions are hurting the city and I won’t stand for it any more," Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.

Pittsburgh files suit to force release of $11.4 million in gaming funds

Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration claims the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is violating state law by withholding the money.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said new meetings would begin next week. Aides said the meetings Monday would include only staff.

Pennsylvania's governor, legislators plan new round of budget talks

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate brought starkly opposing ideas to the bargaining table.

2 days ago

 Sen. Bob Casey speaks in Philadelphia in February.

Campus sex assault law is ‘a huge step,’ Casey says

The Campus SaVE Act, which was passed into law two years ago, went into effect Wednesday.

2 days ago

 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

3 days ago

Pennsylvania AG's office files suit against nursing home chain

The Commonwealth Court suit said the chain, with four homes in Western Pa., misled consumers by failing to provide basic services.

2 days ago

 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

3 days ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, speaks at state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican spending plan: 'This budget is simply not balanced'

The governor said he would review the companion bills on liquor sales and pensions and respond to the GOP today.

3 days ago

Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

3 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's office has said that the GOP budget is not balanced and does too little to increase funding for education, perhaps Mr. Wolf’s foremost campaign promise.

Budget standoff continues as GOP moves legislation Wolf plans to veto

GOP leaders plan to submit a budget that Gov. Tom Wolf says he will veto.

4 days ago

State System expecting enrollment decline

Enrollment now is expected to fall by 1,697 students this fall, a bigger dip than the 862 forecast before student commitments were received.

3 days ago

 A group of 30 rabbis and other citizens hold a #MoralTakeover fast and public prayer on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg to draw attention to and improve public school funding in Pennsylvania.

State considers new plan to take over poorly performing schools

The Achievement School District would be run by a board appointed by the governor and Senate and House leaders.

4 days ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey launches first ad in re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t running for re-election until next year, but his first re-election television commercial begins airing today.

4 days ago

 Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27 and plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, celebrate Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visit Independence Hall.

Pope’s visit to Phila. to highlight plight of immigrants, prisoners

The pope will be in Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families conference.

3 days ago

Supreme Court won't take jurisdiction of state email case

Commonwealth Court will hear the case of whether state offices should retain email, pushed by media outlets including the Post-Gazette.

4 days ago

 Last year’s budget wasn't signed by then- Gov. Tom Corbett until July 10, and late budgets were regular features of the Rendell administration.

What happens without a state budget?

Disruptions would be few at first but a long delay to approve a budget could cause damage as the GOP and Democratic governor remain at odds.

4 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf has signaled he is likely to veto at least some of the GOP budget plan.

Wolf seeks to reassure state workers, vendors on budget

The governor separate letters to state workers and to the tens of thousands of vendors who do work with the commonwealth.

4 days ago

 Jeffrey Sheridan, Mr. Wolf’s press secretary, said the governor will work to develop a plan after receiving Mr. DePasquale’s report but said any municipal pension overhaul will likely not be part of budget discussions.

Auditor general to present pension recommendations to governor

Sate Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will recommend fixes for the state’s beleaguered municipal pension systems by Tuesday.

5 days ago

 The statewide force stands at about 4,500 positions. But there are about 400 vacancies, with more expected in January.

Pennsylvania state police looking for a few good men and women

Getting people to consider a career as a trooper has proven to be a tougher sell than it once was.

5 days ago

 Republicans have large majorities in both Pennsylvania legislative chambers; 30-19 in the Senate and 118-80 in the House.

Liquor overhaul, budget bills nearing floor of state Senate

Also, late Sunday the Senate approved a bill that would create a statewide school district to oversee the lowest-performing schools.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania state budget battles of the past

The worst state budget fight was in 1969, when the disagreement lasted 247 days, with the state running on stopgap funding.

6 days ago

Region continues to gray, but some growth coming from millennials, Hispanics

The U.S. population grew by 3.3 percent over the last five years, but it increased in Pennsylvania by just 0.7 percent.

6 days ago

ACLU app coming to Pennsylvania facilitates filming police interactions

The Mobile Justice app allows users to record video and audio and send immediately to the ACLU.

6 days ago

How to record safely and efficiently

Filming horizontally is recommended, as is keeping a distance, and refraining from speaking or commenting in order to avoid confusion.

6 days ago

 The west facade of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

House passes GOP-crafted budget likely to be vetoed by governor

The $30.1 billion Republican plan, which would not raise taxes, relies in part upon revenue from privatizing liquor sales.

6 days ago

 Steve Clark, left and Scott Smith who married 7 years ago in Massachusetts., joined about 700 people gathered in Shadyside at Ellsworth and Maryland Avenue early Friday evening for a rally celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Gays still lack full civil rights protection in Pennsylvania

Though same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

1 week ago

Cheyney University offered line of credit

Leaders of Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system are extending a $6.5 million line of credit to Cheyney University.

1 week ago

 Although Pennsylvania is sixth in population, Sen. Bob Casey said, it ranked second to Florida in 2014 in the number of confirmed ID theft cases at 172,426.

Sen. Casey pushes identity theft bill

The senator said the bill would help prevent ID theft and improve the response of the IRS to identity theft-related tax fraud.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf  has pledged to veto a budget crafted by the Republican legislators that bypasses his legislative priorities.

Republican Pennsylvania budget proposal advances

The move prompted Gov. Tom Wolf to pledge that he would veto such a bill.

1 week ago

Penn State says it was victim of cyber attack

Following two cyberattacks on Penn State's College of Liberal Arts, the university is resetting passwords on its college-issued accounts.

1 week ago

 Balloons spell out the word "love" over the Supreme Court in Washington today.

Obama, Wolf, others react to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

President Barack Obama called the decision “a big step in our march toward equality.”

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans are at odds over the budget.

With no agreements near, Pa. lawmakers to work through weekend on budget plan

Top Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Tom Wolf has told them that he’ll veto a GOP plan that does not meet his priorities.

1 week ago

 “The governor can make a choice to line-item veto a couple things to continue the discussion, but there’s no need to hold everybody else hostage over the summer,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed said.

Republicans say they will create own budget to avoid stalemate

With no movement in negotiations between the governor and GOP leaders, Republicans say they will deliver a budget by the June 30 deadline.

1 week ago

 The state budget deadline is June 30.

Legislators losing hope of reaching state budget compromise

Gov. Tom Wolf accuses Republican legislators of not negotiating in good faith.

1 week ago

 State law since 1974 has barred local officials from passing their own gun restrictions.

Court rejects law that permitted outside groups to challenge local gun ordinances

Pittsburgh joined other cities in challenging the law, which allowed outside parties such as the NRA to challenge local gun ordinances.

1 week ago

State senate approves increase in phone surcharge to fund 911 operations

The bill, which passed the Senate today, sets a $1.65 monthly surcharge for any device that can contact 911 centers.

1 week ago

 Main campus residence halls at Cal U.

California University of Pennsylvania to buy back on-campus housing

The school wants the State System of Higher Education to issue up to $76 million in bonds.

1 week ago

 “Both of these entities have a view that there’s nothing more important than their dispute with each other,” says Pennsylvania's executive deputy attorney general.

Pennsylvania official cites ‘‍acrimony’ in Highmark-UPMC battle

The health care giants have been battling since last year over cancer payments, treatment rates and the process for settling disputes.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pa. Attorney General Kane fires another key aide

The dismissed aide, the office's labor-relations coordinator, said a superior told him only that the AG wanted to "go in a new direction."

1 week ago

UPS pilots temporarily blinded by laser beamed into cockpit

Federal and state authorities are investigating what they described as a dangerous incident Tuesday night in the skies over Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

 Contractors continue work on a black granite walkway at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center in Somerset County Thursday. The walkway leads visitors past 34-foot-tall walls and marks the flight path of the hijacked plane before it crashed.

Flight 93 memorial visitor center to open Sept. 10 in Somerset County

Officials hope the new complex will boost annual visitors from about 300,000 to 500,000.

1 week ago

 Penelec employee John Halupka cuts tree limbs from electrical lines in Johnstown Tuesday after a thunderstorm cell passed through the area. Severe thunderstorms moving through central and eastern Pennsylvania downed trees and power lines and halted commuter trains during rush hour in Philadelphia.

Nearly 400,000 without power as storm cleanup begins in Eastern Pa., NJ

Forecasters are trying to determine whether straight line winds or a tornado caused most of the damage.

1 week ago

Pa. Senate panel approves Wolf's nominee for state treasurer

Tim Reese, 51, still requires confirmation by a two-thirds Senate majority of the Senate before he may take over as treasurer.

1 week ago

 Records recently released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health don’t prove a connection between drilling activities and illness, but they reflect the range of complaints reported by citizens, physicians, workers and health agencies.

Pennsylvania records shed light on shale-related health concerns

The log doesn’t prove drilling causes illness, but reflects a range of complaints by citizens, physicians, workers and health agencies.

1 week ago

 Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's initial agency audit work was expanded after questions arose last summer about the work of Ron Tomalis, former state Education Secretary appointed as special adviser for higher education by then-Gov. Tom Corbett.

Pennsylvania education agency audit likely to seek changes to adviser role

State Auditor General Euqene DePasquale says the audit likely will contain "strong recommendations" for change within the department.

1 week ago

 "I think what's becoming a roadblock is that I'm not seeing a real interest in having an honest conversation," Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor, legislative leaders caught in budget stalemate

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders Monday expressed frustration about the lack of progress in talks on the budget and related issues.

1 week ago