Sensitivity training, not firing, ahead for 3 in state email scandal

DA Seth Williams said Frank Fina, Marc Costanzo and Pat Blessington did not create the emails and regret taking part in the exchanges.

about 12 hours ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Kane's lawyers decry effort to suspend law license

Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the Disciplinary Board is circumventing the process to remove an official.

about 1 hour ago

 Katie McGinty served as Gov. Tom Wolf's chief of staff after finishing fourth in the Democratic race for governor last year.

Local Democratic officials to back McGinty for U.S. Senate

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will be among the officials who will back Ms. McGinty.

about 12 hours ago

Executive Nocito’s secretary charged with conspiracy to defraud

Ann E. Harris, personal assistant and secretary to Joseph Nocito Sr., is accused of helping him use his companies to pay personal expenses.

1 day ago

More than 80 graduate from state police academy

The state police announced that 83 men and women graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey.

about 23 hours ago

 Arya Singh, Penn sued by family of student who killed herself

Arya Singh, 20, a junior in the School of Nursing, died Feb. 8, 2013, after ingesting soluble cyanide crystals in her dorm room.

1 day ago

Turnpike Commission whistleblower lawuit can proceed, court rules

Ralph Bailets, an employee of the Turnpike Commission from 1998 to 2008, claimed he was fired for reporting wrongdoing and waste.

about 18 hours ago

State System board of governors OKs contracts with labor unions

The more than 4,000 covered by the collective bargaining agreements will receive salary increases or cash payments effective January 2016.

2 days ago

Sept. 2 lottery numbers corrected

The correct numbers from Wednesday night’s drawing are: 17 - 22 - 30 - 46 - 56; Powerball 16.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities of the state House and Senate were unable to reach a deal on an annual spending plan before the fiscal year began July 1.

State budget impasse drags into third month

Eugene DePasquale, the state auditor general, said his staff will tally the delay’s cost for school districts

3 days ago

 Johnson Estate Winery, just over the border in Westfield, N.Y., is seeking grape pickers to help with the harvest on Sept. 7 to 8. Pickers will be paid $10 per hour and, if they do three hours, a sandwich and a piece of pie.

Lake Erie winery invites people to pick grapes on Labor Day

The “GRAPE PICKERS WANTED” sign went up recently in front of the Johnson Estate Winery, just over the state border in Westfield, N.Y.

3 days ago

Wolf nominates former Department of Revenue official to Pa. Turnpike Commission

Barry Drew served as deputy secretary of administration in the Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011.

3 days ago

 A Franklin & Marshall College poll last week found a wide, bi-partisan majority of registered voters believe state lawmakers should not be paid during budget negotiations when the budget is late.

Voters say: No budget, no pay for Pennsylvania lawmakers

Republicans, Democrats and Independents in a Franklin & Marshall College poll favor not paying lawmakers until a budget is approved.

4 days ago

Former LCB official faces charges of accepting kickbacks

Prosecutors said James H. Short Jr. took cash, gift cards and meals from a distributor and a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages.

4 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Pennsylvania attorney general, supporters mobilize against potential ouster

AG Kathleen Kane was charged Aug. 6 by Montgomery County authorities with leaking information to a Philadelphia newspaper.

4 days ago

 About 200 members of the Chester Upland teachers union in suburban Philadelphia voted unanimously last week to work without pay as the new school year opens Wednesday.

Some teachers in Phila. area heading back to school without a paycheck

The district, struggling with financial problems for years, is on the edge of insolvency and cannot make payroll, officials said.

4 days ago

Eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced to life in 2 killings last year

Fifty-six-year-old Garry Flyte of Eldred Township entered the plea Monday in Monroe County to first-degree murder charges.

4 days ago

 Betsy Hawley is the director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, founded at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Coalition aiming to support, strengthen children's palliative care

Most hospices don’t accept pediatric patients, and few resources exist for families needing end-of-life care for children, members say.

5 days ago

PennDOT suspends major roadway construction for pope's visit to Philly

Roadwork will be suspended from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27.

5 days ago

Drug-ring leader sentenced to more than 7 years

Juwan Woods, 32, known as "Whiz," was sentenced Friday to 87 months behind bars.

5 days ago

 Djamal Eleam

Allegheny County Jail to alter way it releases prisoners

An out-of-state inmate and registered sex offender released in error from the jail was detained two weeks later in Indiana state.

5 days ago

 In the 2013-14 school year, Pennsylvania had one of the worst vaccination rates in the country for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to the CDC.

Pennsylvania students lag in receiving required vaccines

Only a small percentage claim an exemption to requirements. The larger problem: many children are not up-to-date on their vaccines.

6 days ago

 Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, this month wrote to state Treasurer Timothy Reese to request “a loan, from whatever source you deem appropriate and in such amount as may be necessary” to help pay salaries for members and approximately 650 employees of the Democratic caucus.

Budget impasse leaving House Democrats in the lurch

Human service agencies are feeling a cash-flow crunch and some school districts have approved tapping lines of credit to pay the bills.

6 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's announcement brings the number of states that have online voter registration to 23, plus the District of Columbia.

State's voter registration enters digital age

Pennsylvania began online voter registration on Thursday, an administrative move by Gov. Tom Wolf after efforts to pass a law lagged.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Disciplinary board seeks Attorney General Kane’s law license

Kathleen Kane has 10 days to respond and make the case as to why she should be able to keep her license.

1 week ago

Cambria County man charged with making terroristic threats

Perry Semelsberger remained jailed on the charges Thursday.

1 week ago

DA clears deputy sheriff in shooting

A man who once jumped a fence at the White House was killed in a confrontation with police Tuesday.

1 week ago

Top official resigns from state Office of Inspector General

Anthony J. Fiore had served in the office since April 2011 and as deputy since March 2012.

1 week ago

 State police firearms instructor Richard Schroeter, left, was sentenced today to two weeks in jail for accidentally killing Trooper David Kedra, 26, during a training class.

Firearms instructor who accidentally shot state trooper gets 2 weeks jail

Richard Schroeter, 43, will spend two weeks in jail, three to 18 months of house arrest in the shooting of Trooper David Kedra.

1 week ago

 Darryl Dawkins

Obituary: Darryl Dawkins / NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ dunker

He was the first high school player to go straight to the NBA when he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975.

1 week ago

 The Legislature's Republican majorities passed a budget that was fully vetoed by Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, on June 30.

New poll finds more Pennsylvanians blame Legislature than governor for budget stalemate

The Franklin & Marshall College poll found more hold the Legislature -- 54 percent -- than Gov. Tom Wolf -- 29 percent -- responsible.

1 week ago

Penn State report: Effects of climate change to accelerate in Pennsylvania

The report says climate change can cause more severe storms, higher risk of insect-borne illnesses and significant changes to water quality.

1 week ago

 James Vivenzio

Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

1 week ago

Details of offensive state emails released

The state Supreme Court released hundreds of emails and attachments sent on state computers it called “graphic” and “objectionable.”

1 week ago

 It was a day of activity at the state Capitol building Tuesday as House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but they went through the motions anyway.

Plan to override state budget fails

Pennsylvania’s elected leaders appear to be still far apart from an agreement after eight weeks without a state budget.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Emails AG Kane says spurred plot against her released

Attorney General Kathleen Kane wanted the documents released — including pornographic emails — to help defend criminal charges against her.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh pushes auditor general to audit oversight authority

Pittsburgh is taking its fight with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority over gaming money to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

1 week ago

 A Chester County sheriff’s deputy with a hand injury is taken from the lobby of the Chester County Courthouse following a shooting Tuesday in West Chester, Pa.

White House climber killed at courthouse after knife attack

The Coatesville, Pa., man was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff after he wielded a knife and slashed another deputy.

1 week ago

Friction over gay marriage mounts before pope’s visit

LGBT Catholics want a more major role in the World Meeting of Families that is spurring Francis’ visit, but organizers are resisting that.

1 week ago

 Maj. Tyree Blocker served with the state police from 1975 to 2005.

New Pennsylvania state police commissioner described as ‘a futurist’

Maj. Tyree Blocker’s colleagues describe him as at the cutting edge of technology and trends in law enforcement.

1 week ago

State Game Commission proposes increasing hunting license fees

The plan unveiled today would boost the cost of an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years.

1 week ago

Prosecutor: Man killed after attacking deputy in Chester County courthouse

The DA said a man named Curtis Smith entered the lobby of the West Chester courthouse at about 11 a.m. and slashed a deputy sheriff.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown.

Poll: Plurality of Pennsylvanians say Kane should resign as AG

Asked about the attorney general’s job performance, 54 percent said they disapprove of it while 20 percent gave her their approval.

1 week ago

 Poster introducing Kick in the Beanz campaign.

Sheetz to offer new line of specialty coffee in hope to outcompete Wawa

Competition between Wawa and Sheetz falls along lines as clear as the Eagles versus the Steelers, with the latter shopping at Sheetz.

1 week ago

Teenager, boyfriend seek separate trials in killing

A teenager and her soldier boyfriend are seeking separate trials on charges that they conspired to kill the girl’s mother last spring.

1 week ago

Man receives prison term in shooting over snowballs

A central Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in a shooting that injured a teenager who threw snowballs at his car.

1 week ago

 One state legislator called protecting student data privacy and security “something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy

Lawmakers says Pennsylvania should explore a state law to protect student data privacy and security.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looks down as she reads a statement during a news conference Aug. 12 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Attorney General Kane held for trial on all charges

A district judge held state Attorney General Kathleen Kane for trial on charges she leaked grand jury information and lied about it.

1 week ago

 "Whether a budget impasse is a week old or months old, it creates a level of uncertainty [for districts]," said state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, shown here in April.

Pittsburgh-region schools plan around Pennsylvania budget stalemate

Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said he did not know of any districts that wouldn’t be able to open on time because of the impasse.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference on Aug. 12 in Harrisburg in which she said charges against her were part of a conspiracy to cover up a chain of pornographic and bigoted emails passed among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.

Attorney General Kane to appear in court today

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on perjury, obstruction of justice and other charges filed against Kathleen Kane earlier this month.

1 week ago