The consent decrees between Highmark and UPMC set rules for the coverage of various patient groups.

UPMC, Highmark back in court over Medicare Advantage plan

An attorney for UPMC said the hearing was about whether UPMC would be found in contempt for a violation of the consent decree.

about 8 hours ago

 Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for President at Penn United Technologies, Cabot, Pa., near his boyhood home in Butler County. Santorum, left, with his wife, Karen and their daughter, Bella.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Spokesman Matt Beynon confirmed the former Pa. senator will enter the race at an event later in the day near his Butler County hometown.

about 11 hours ago

First National Bank's parent company to buy Pa. branches from Bank of America

F.N.B. Corp. said it would acquire two branches in Berks County, two branches in Lancaster County and one in Chester County.

about 12 hours ago

 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's family moved to Butler County when he was in elementary school.

Santorum to return to Pennsylvania roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, announce today that he’s running for president again?

about 22 hours ago

 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State.

Penn State fraternity stripped of recognition, shut down for three years

The decision against the Kappa Delta Rho chapter was based on “a persistent series of deeply troubling activities.”

about 23 hours ago

 Pennsylvania had a moment in the political sun in the 2008 election cycle, when the primary calendar and the protracted Democratic battle between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave the state roughly six weeks of national attention undiluted by other states' contests.

Could Pennsylvania's presidential primary be moved up to March?

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

1 day ago

 This is not partisanship. This is simple good sense,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor ties early childhood education to crime prevention

The governor says a $120 million increase for early childhood education would boost graduation rates, reduce prison population.

about 22 hours ago

Inmates’ mental health advocate begins today

Lynn Patrone’s position grew out of a federal lawsuit challenging the treatment of state prison inmates with mental health issues.

1 day ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck when an Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

The NTSB has been recommending that passenger and freight train cabs have audio recorders since the late 1990s.

1 day ago

Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.

4 days ago

 The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to enforce speed limits along the Northeast Corridor after last week’s deadly train derailment in Philadelphia.

Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.

5 days ago

 Xiaoxing Xi, chairman of Temple University’s physics department.

Temple U. suspends professor accused of selling sensitive information to China

Xi Xiaoxing, 47, a former professor at Penn State, was awarded a Defense Department grant in 2004 to purchase the device for research.

5 days ago

 “I think it’s just another good amenity to add and see what kind of revenue can be derived,” State Rep. Nick Kotik said.

Could slot machines be headed to Pennsylvania's international airports?

State Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Coraopolis, said he intends to introduce a bill that would allow the installation of slot machines.

6 days ago

Holiday weekend may start with frost

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a possibility of frost on Friday night and Saturday morning.

6 days ago

Unions: Amtrak engineer had grueling shift before Philadelphia derailment

The train arrived 26 minutes late, leaving  the engineer about an hour to rest and eat before his trip back to New York.

6 days ago

State police say 4 killed in crash while fleeing after burglary

Authorities say a cruiser had been pursuing the car until its driver went onto a dirt road in Wayne Township, Erie County, and hit the tree.

6 days ago

 The primary election for the Supreme Court seats featured little rancor, with candidates touting their own qualifications and refraining from attacks.

Three Allegheny County judges win Supreme Court nominations

Democrats David Wecht and Christine Donohue and Republican Judith Olson are among six candidates for three Supreme Court seats in November.

1 week ago

 Michael H. Wojcik

Ex-solicitor has lead in appellate court race

Michael H. Wojcik of Fox Chapel defeated Todd Eagan, 47, of Dunmore for the Democratic nomination for Commonwealth Court.

1 week ago

Motorcycle deaths down in U.S., up in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there were 186 motorcycle fatalities last year, up from 181 the year before, according to PennDOT.

6 days ago

 Jennifer Staley McCrady

McCrady, Regan, capture nominations for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Hugh McGough claims Democratic nomination while P.J. Murray finished third on Republican slate.

1 week ago

 The school funding case was filed in November by six school districts, seven parents and two statewide associations.

Commonwealth Court decision on Pa. school funding appealed

The plaintiffs maintain that state officials are failing to meet their constitutional obligation for an adequate system of public education.

1 week ago

Casino and track developer in Lawrence County bringing in new partners

Endeka Entertainment officials plan to meet today with officials of the state Gaming Control Board.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania was only 28th highest in growth of new women-owned firms in the last 18 years, a new report says.

Pennsylvania lagging in women-owned businesses, report finds

The state maintains a steady rank for female-owned businesses, but they aren’t growing sales and employees as fast as in other states.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania gets low grades in female political presence, policies

For political participation, Pennsylvania earned a grade of D-minus. The state fares only slightly better on the work and family study.

1 week ago

Instructor pleads guilty in trooper's death

Cpl. Richard Schroeter pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Trooper David Kedra. But the plea did not comfort Trooper Kedra’s family.

1 week ago

 A snowy scene on a road in Murrysville, a short distance off Route 22. A new report said the fatality rate on rural roads in the state was 2.23 per 100 million miles, compared with 0.88 on other roads.

Pennsylvania rural roads among most deficient in U.S., report concludes

In Pennsylvania, 25 percent of rural bridges are structurally deficient, the highest percentage in the nation, the report states.

1 week ago

 A Norfolk-Southern locomotive pulls a line of tanker cars along the Martin Luther King Jr. busway in East Liberty.

Gov. Wolf presses rail companies to voluntarily tighten safety standards

The governor pointed to initiatives, such as lower speed limits and increased inspection frequencies, undertaken by a rival company.

1 week ago

 Alice Beck Dubow

Philadelphia judge beats Colville for Superior Court nomination

Judge Robert J. Colville of Allegheny County made the call around 10:45 p.m. to Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Beck Dubow.

1 week ago

Trial begins for Wilkinsburg man accused of kidnapping

Tex Ortiz claims he did not know he had lost his parental rights at the time he took his 2-year-old daughter.

1 week ago

 Authorities here are watching to see if Sunday's deadly biker gang clash in Waco, Texas, has any implications for gang activities in Western Pennsylvania.

Outlaw biker gangs in Pittsburgh area have splintered over time

Despite prosecutions and jail terms, the biker gangs still maintain a presence in this region and occasionally make very public appearances.

1 week ago

 “We ought to let doctors prescribe the medications that they think their patients need,” Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday.

Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor's residence

Gov. Tom Wolf hosted legalization advocates on Monday to “get the facts out.”

1 week ago

 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter hugs Mary Schaheen, the first passenger in line for Train 110 at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, Monday, May 18, 2015, as Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)

Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and SMART Transportation say two would serve as a check and balance on each other.

1 week ago

Firearms instructor who killed state trooper pleads guilty

Police said Richard Schroeter, 43, was conducting a training session and pulled the trigger while discussing his weapon’s mechanism.

1 week ago

2 unions ratify agreements with state by wide margins

Wolf announced the ratification of one-year labor agreements with members of the AFSCME and with the United Food and Commercial Workers.

1 week ago

 Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, speaks during a service of reflection Sunday at the site of an Amtrak train derailment last week in Philadelphia. The U.S. passenger train operator Amtrak resumed full service in the Northeast Corridor this morning in "complete compliance" with federal safety orders following last week's deadly derailment.

Amtrak trains rolling again between NYC and Philadelphia

Amtrak said trains along the busy route from Washington to Boston would resume in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders.

1 week ago

 Investigators are looking into a report that the Amtrak train had been hit with a projectile.

NTSB: Tapes show no Amtrak engineer report of projectile

A review of conversations to dispatchers shows no mention of anything hitting the train, as one assistant conductor reported.

1 week ago

 Dawn Plummer, left, and wife Diana Polson sit Wednesday with their children Elijah, 6, left, and Jude, 2, on their porch swing at their Point Breeze home.

A look at same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, 1 year later

It is too soon to measure most economic benefits, but couples say they have found financial peace of mind.

1 week ago

State Supreme Court hears 'wrongful life' case

Montgomery County couple challenges law that bars parents from suing a doctor for failing to inform them about possible birth defects.

1 week ago

 Bill Barrett of Assured Polygraph Services Inc. demonstrates polygraph equipment on his colleague Morris Ragus, seated, a retired polygraph examiner.

Lie detector tests being used to monitor sex offenders and guide treatment

Polygraphs are not permitted in Pennsylvania courts during the trial phase.

1 week ago

AVATAR aims to be the top technology in lie detection

It looks like an ATM machine with a video monitor looming above it. And it might be the next big technology in lie detection.

1 week ago

 Pamela VanHaitsma, left, and Jess Garrity, right, are married before District Judge Hugh McGough at his Squirrel Hill office on May 21, 2014. The couple received their marriage license after receiving a waiver to the normal three-day waiting period from Common Pleas Judge Lawrence O'Toole.

Couple rushed to get license the day after ban lifted

First same-sex couple to wed in Pennsylvania reflect on married life one year later.

1 week ago

 Stephen Repasky, owner of Meadow Sweet Apiaries, inspects a hive Friday at Dundee Farm in Sewickley Heights. “We’re on the verge of a major disaster with honeybees,” Mr. Repasky said. Pennsylvania has recorded a 61 percent die-off of bees in the past year.

Honeybee population in free fall; Pennsylvania among worst hit in nation

Beekeepers blame pesticides, mites and lost habitat for high honeybee die-off rates nationwide; Pennsylvania’s rate is 61 percent.

1 week ago

China hackers make Penn State unplug engineering computers

Penn State University says Chinese hackers have breached its engineering school’s computers for two years.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania School Boards Association files Right-to-Know requests on charter school spending

Nathan Mains said the information will help to better understand how charter schools operate and provide transparency to taxpayers.

1 week ago

 Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, speaks at the final media briefing about this week's Amtrak passenger train derailment Friday afternoon.

FBI probes report that train was hit by projectile

Investigators had found damage to a portion of the windshield and that they had called on the F.B.I. to look at it.

1 week ago

 Brandon Bostian, Amtrak engineer

Lawyer: Engineer does not recall train derailment

An attorney for engineer Brandon Bostian said Mr. Bostian was interviewed for six hours by Philadelphia detectives after the derailment.

1 week ago

Whistleblower suit filed against West Chester University alleges misleading financial records

The suit alleges the defendants unsuccessfully tried to force Colleen Bradley to present to the state "false budgets."

1 week ago

 Investigators Wednesday examine the wreckage of an Amtrak derailment in north Philadelphia the night before.

Will Philadelphia train derailment spur renewed calls for rail safety?

Federal investigators say the Amtrak train was traveling faster than 100 mph when it wrecked.

1 week ago

 Emergency workers at the scene of a derailed Amtrak passenger train in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

NTSB: Amtrak train accelerated before crash

Joseph Boardman, chief executive of Amtrak, defended Amtrak’s safety record but added, “we take responsibility for our role in this.”

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf today appointed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to lead a task force on the state’s municipal pension plans.

Wolf sets up group to help fix municipal pension systems

The governor appointed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to lead the group.

1 week ago


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