State 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

about 16 hours ago

UberX launches in Philly amid uncertainty over taxis

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

about 4 hours 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 day 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

about 16 hours 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.

about 16 hours 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

 Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, left, and Justice Seamus McCaffery.

McCaffery apologizes for role in porn email scandal

Justice Seamus McCaffery has called criticism of his actions a “cooked-up controversy.”

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett shakes hands with Don Smith of the RIDC before speaking at the announcement of of redevelopment plans for the Almono-Hazelwood site in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Corbett visits Hazelwood to announce $10 million grant for Almono redevelopment project

The new helping of election eve largesse followed the pattern of similar check presentations across the commonwealth.

1 week ago

Pa. Legislature’s Act 47 overhaul draws criticism

The governor is expected to sign the legislation.

1 week ago

Pa. Senate defeats union dues measure

A proposal opposed by Pennsylvania labor unions was defeated in the state Senate Wednesday.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, opposed a measure that the Senate passed late Wednesday giving gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

The amendment has its origins in a legal battle between the city of Philadelphia and the NRA, which sued over gun control ordinances.

1 week ago

 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice linked to over 200 explicit emails

Justice Castille’s announcement came hours after Randy Feathers announced that he would be resigning.

1 week ago

 Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, left, and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Mr. Flynn exchanged shots with a would-be assailant Tuesday night near the Capitol.

Street crimes hit home for Pa. legislators

State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former Lackawanna County Prison guard and supervisor, traded gunfire during an attempted robbery.

1 week ago

 August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Foreclosure of Wilson Center awaits full reporting of assets

Despite Orphans’ Court Judge Lawrence O’Toole’s prodding, the attorney general’s office has yet to produce the accounting.

1 week ago

Pa. Legislature moves closer to OK on monitoring of prescription drugs

The Pennsylvania General Assembly moved toward approving the monitoring of prescription drugs in an effort to prevent substance abuse.

1 week ago

 Hundreds of cabs show up on Oct. 8 in front of Philadelphia City Hall to show their solidarity against Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies.

Ride-sharing firms stake claims in Philadelphia area

As legislative battle over ride-share services bogs down over insurance industry opposition, Philadelphia yearns for what Pittsburgh has.

1 week ago

 “There are still a lot of people who are behind on their bills, who are struggling,” said state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park.

Pennsylvania provision on utility shutoffs set for renewal

The controversial law allows utility companies to shut off service to some customers who fail to pay their heating bills.

1 week ago

Education adviser Tomalis had no employment contract

Ron Tomalis had no contract with state government despite an adviser job that paid nearly $140,000 a year.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf share a laugh during their debate at "Breakfast with the Candidates" event Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

Who's contributing cash to Pennsylvania governor's race?

As Nov. 4 nears, track where contributions to the governor’s race between Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are coming from.

1 week ago

 State police believe they have shooting suspect Eric Frein contained in a 5-square-mile area in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania. As long as they do, they said, Mr. Frein doesn’t have access to a lot of potential victims.

Authorities fear state police shooting suspect looking to repeat

Also, State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, is asking lawmakers to review the police response and impact on the area.

1 week ago

Eastern Pennsylvania woman gets maximum sentence in boy’s death

The (Easton) Express-Times reported that a judge imposed the maximum sentence Monday on 35-year-old Essence James of Allentown.

1 week ago

 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, joined by Aliquippa School District Superintendent David Wytiaz, Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker and state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, speaks on education funding at Aliquippa High School this afternoon.

Candidate Wolf can’t commit on giving details of tax plan

But Mr. Wolf has said repeatedly that he can't provide more specifics on his proposed tax overhaul without seeing current numbers.

1 week ago

 Eric Frein is seen in a still shot from a video documentary about the Vietnam War.

Frein manhunt costs at least $1.4 million per week

The round-the-clock manhunt involving as many as 1,000 officers each day is now in its fifth week.

1 week ago

 Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, conducts a rules committee meeting on the state budget in 2012 in Harrisburg.

Conservative unease growing toward leadership in Pennsylvania Senate

A second GOP senator in two weeks has written to Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, with complaints.

1 week ago

Penn State student arraigned on terroristic threats, disorderly conduct charges

Jong Seong Shim, 20, told police that the threat was "a prank," university spokeswoman Lisa Powers said.

1 week ago

 Terry Mutchler is a former journalist and Pennsylvania’s first executive director of the Office of Open Records. Her new book  "Under the Dome," describes her secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois state senator who mentored Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania's open records officer opens book on her past

Terry Mutchler has written a book exploring a past love kept under wraps, and the larger issue of gay marriage in America.

1 week ago

 “I was not surprised when he called me a few years ago and said he was interested in running for governor,” said a college friend of Tom Wolf. “I was surprised that it took so long.”

As Tom Wolf seeks the Pennsylvania governor's office, political life comes full circle

Rather than working his way up the political ladder in a more traditional path, he’s trying to start near the top.

1 week ago


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