Much of the state exceeded average snowfall totals for the season, including Pittsburgh, which had 47.5 inches, about 6 inches above normal.

Winter figures are in, and Pa. leads the way in snow removal costs

The state exceeded its budget for winter maintenance by $69 million, or 34 percent.

about 19 hours ago

 Denise O'Connor, left, is the founder and president of Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank. Here, she poses for a picture with Dr. Alan Lantzy, a neonatologist at West Penn Hospital, in December 2013.

Pittsburgh breast milk bank could open in Strip District by fall

The Pittsburgh-based breast milk bank will service neonatal intensive care units in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

about 19 hours ago

 The lives of six police officers in Baltimore will never be the same, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Tuesday in a speech sympathetic to law enforcement.

Toomey sides with police in speech

Senator says a lot of social ills are being blamed on police instead of on broken family structures, criminal behavior and poverty.

about 19 hours ago

Republicans seeks end to traditional Pa. pension plans

Senators will seek concessions from many employees and the eventual end of the debt-ridden traditional pension system for 370,000 workers.

about 6 hours ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto spent Tuesday at the state Capitol lobbying for municipal pension reform.

Peduto lobbies for municipal pension reform in Harrisburg

The Pittsburgh mayor acknowledges he erred in criticizing Democratic legislators.

about 19 hours ago

 San Francisco-based Uber and its largest competitor Lyft moved into the Pittsburgh area in February 2014.

Pa. Public Utility Commission continues pursuit of trip data from Uber

The PUC judges had previously ordered Uber to divulge details on the number of rides provided from the advent of its service in Pittsburgh.

about 8 hours ago

 A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.

Study connects emission cuts to reduction of early deaths

Peer-reviewed study finds health co-benefits would result from implementing the controversial federal Clean Power Plant Rule

1 day ago

 Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

Dick Thornburgh wants to build on ADA’s foundation

Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh was a key player in passage of the ADA 25 years ago.

2 days ago

 A snowplow clears a street in January near Quincy Market in Boston. More than $1 billion was spent and 6 million tons of salt used to keep highways operating in nearly two dozen states during the recent harsh winter, according to a first-ever survey of state transportation officials.

States spent heavily to clear winter snow, ice

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said 23 states reported combined spending of more than $1 billion.

2 days ago

 Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in January in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding another trooper during an ambush at their barracks in September.

Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher

The alleged gunman led police on a tense, six-week manhunt through northeastern Pennsylvania woods before he was caught.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf prepares to deliver his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on March 3.

Independent report contains good short-term budget news for state

The commonwealth’s Independent Fiscal Office says Pa. has more revenue so far this year than expected, but still faces a shortfall.

1 day ago

 State Sen. Pat Browne of Allentown lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and crashed Saturday afternoon while heading west on Interstate 78 in Allentown, according to state police.

Lehigh Valley senator, under investigation for possible DUI, hospitalized

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said Pat Browne "suffered considerable injuries and was in the intensive care unit.“

2 days ago

Pa. weighs Highmark funding request

The health insurer proposes to transfer $175 million in grants to its seven-hospital AHN for capital improvements and to improve cash flow.

1 day ago

Three open seats on Pa. Supreme Court make for pivotal races

There are 12 candidates — six Democrats and six Republicans — running for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

3 days ago

 Graham Spanier's defamation lawsuit is a result of the findings in the Freeh report.

Centre County judge recuses himself from Spanier's lawsuit against Freeh

Judge Jonathan D. Grine signed an order this week that cancels a pre-trial conference until a new judge is assigned from another county.

5 days ago

 Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, listens to a question from a reporter about his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania during a visit to Pittsburgh.

Ed Pawlowski, latest Senate candidate, stumps in Pittsburgh

The Allentown mayor promotes his U.S. Senate campaign at the Pulaski Club in the West End.

5 days ago

Cheyney University failed to track $50 million in student aid

A consultant is reconciling $50 million in U.S. awards  to Cheyney students to determine if and how much of that money Cheyney must return.

5 days ago

 Sharon Budd, left, walks to the entrance of the Union County Courthouse in Lewisburg, Pa., with her husband, Randy Budd, before the hearing for three teenagers charged in the rock-throwing incident.

Judge order 3 teens to be tried as adults in rock maiming of Ohio teacher

Judge Michael Sholley said he was not willing to put them back into the juvenile system, where they would age out in less than three years.

5 days ago

Police try to find owner of $63,000 left in state park

The moldy bills were found in a plastic bag Saturday by a park visitor who was walking in Bald Eagle State Park.

5 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf Cabinet's expenses to be detailed online

The office of Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that all expenses incurred by members of his Cabinet will be posted online for the public to see.

6 days ago

 Marc Knezevich, 63, of Squirrel Hill, is escorted from Wednesday's public hearing. He yelled out “Neanderthals” after state Rep. Matt Baker, R-Tioga, called order to the hearing. Mr. Knezevich, who has Stage 4 cancer, was supporting the right for parents to treat children with severe epilepsy with medical marijuana.

Pros vs. cons: Experts debate medical marijuana use in Pennsylvania

Doctors told two state House committees about likely benefits of medical marijuana but said long-term effects of the drug aren’t known.

6 days ago

 Martin Luther, as painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1533.

Lutherans and Catholics to mark 500th anniversary of Reformation

Southwestern Pennsylvania Lutherans and Catholics plan how to mark the 1517 Reformation that divided them.

6 days ago

Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvaia’s revictimization act

The law gave prosecutors and victims the right to sue to stop “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.”

6 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, shown here in March, said lessons should be learned from the Ebola scare last fall.

Sen. Casey: More funding needed to fight Lyme disease across Pa.

Pennsylvania has had the most cases of Lyme disease nationwide for the last five years.

5 days ago

House panel issues subpoena in Philadelphia VA probe

It was only the third time in the committee’s history that it has resorted to a subpoena.

6 days ago

 Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia

Phila. monsignor who supervised abusive priest headed back to prison on endangerment charge

Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia is the first U.S. church official prosecuted over his handling of abuse complaints.

6 days ago

 A Temple University student is in critical condition today after suffering head and leg injuries when she was hit by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in Philadelphia.

Temple University student thrown from bike, critically injured in hit-and-run

Rachel Hall, 22, suffered head and leg injuries when she was thrown from her bicycle.

6 days ago

 UPMC has said it will ban Highmark’s Medicare Advantage customers — 182,000 seniors — from its hospitals starting next year.

State aims to resolve UPMC-Highmark dispute by September

A day after the attorney general filed a motion to force the health care giants into arbitration, the state began working on a schedule.

1 week ago

 A member of the National Guard gets out of a Humvee while positioned outside City Hall in Baltimore today.

300 Pennsylvania State Police troopers to aid Baltimore

The deployment is expected to begin later this week, and Maryland will reimburse Pennsylvania’s costs.

1 week ago

DA clears police in fatal shooting of gunman outside Pennsylvania prison

Jess Leipold, 32, was shot to death outside the Adams County Prison on April 9.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks into the State Supreme Court room in March.

Montgomery County DA to widen investigation of attorney general Kane

A panel of judges referred the dismissal of James Barker from the attorney general's office to the district attorney for investigation.

1 week ago

 Federal Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr. of Fox Chapel, who died last year at age 91.

House approves naming courthouse for Weis

The federal courthouse on Grant Street soon could be named after federal Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr. of Fox Chapel, who died last year.

1 week ago

Judge quashes NRA attempt to restart case

The NRA sued over the gun laws of Pittsburgh, Lancaster and Philadelphia early this year.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf is scrapping the test that was reinstated in 2012 under his predecessor, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wolf scrapping controversial assets test for food stamps

Previously, anyone applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was subject to an “assets” test.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Attorney general’s testimony had ‘inconsistencies,’ newly unsealed document says

The attorney general lied "to divert her attention from her actual role as the principal“ of a leak to the media, the grand jury said.

1 week ago

 "The games between UPMC and Highmark must end," Gov. Tom Wolf said as state regulators asked the courts Monday to force the health care giants into arbitration.

State heads to court to resolve UPMC, Highmark consent decree violations

The governor said UPMC’s cancellation of its Medicare Advantage plan with Highmark had been “the final straw.”

1 week ago

 "For some other students, the rising costs could prevent them from completing their degrees," State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in the report.

Audit says State System students continue to pay for lack of funding

The report is billed as the first modern-day comprehensive performance audit evaluating the effectiveness of the State System.

1 week ago

Phila. mom faces charges after 4 kids locked in basement for 15 hours

Firefighters broke through a second-floor window to enter the locked home.

1 week ago

Mayor Peduto urges state panel for 'solutions' to education funding

The commission established by the Legislature is expected to recommend a formula by June 10.

1 week ago

 State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection.

Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control

In Pennsylvania, the rise in gun sales and transfers over the last few years has been dramatic.

1 week ago

 Superior Court judge candidate Robert J. Colville.

Pa. Superior Court candidates chasing seat formerly held by a parent

Democrats Robert Colville of Allegheny County and Alice Dubow of Philadelphia seek party nomination for Superior Court seat.

1 week ago

 Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini is retiring in September.

Two Democrats and one Republican compete for Pa. Commonwealth Court position

This year’s race for the uniquely Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court pits three veteran attorneys against each other for one spot.

1 week ago

Kane taking UPMC-Highmark consent decree dispute to court

The state attorney general plans to file a motion Monday to enforce the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark

1 week ago

Report says higher incomes will feel more of Wolf tax plan

Residents with incomes of more than $100,000 would bear nearly two-thirds of the increased tax burden, according to the report.

1 week ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Jan. 21 in Philadelphia.

Judge delays contempt hearing for Attorney General Kane

The criminal contempt hearing, which had been scheduled for Monday, will be rescheduled at the request of the attorneys in the case.

1 week ago

Dauphin County DA says he plans to release video of fatal shooting

The video was taken by a camera on Officer Lisa Mearkle’s stun gun. She has been charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

1 week ago

Gun culture in Pennsylvania: An index to coverage

The Post-Gazette is exploring the varied subcultures among firearms owners in Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Judge blocks agreement by Wolf, care workers

The order came in a lawsuit by a group of care providers and recipients who claim the executive order is an attempt to unionize the workers.

1 week ago

 Ted Dallas is Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to lead the Department of Human Services.

Home-care workers issue dominates confirmation hearing for Wolf nominee

Ted Dallas is Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to to head the Department of Human Services.

1 week ago

State DEP awards grants worth $41K in county

Grants totaling $304,137 have been awarded to schools, universities, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations in Allegheny County.

1 week ago


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