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CDC: Pennsylvania, 5 other states set to expand Ebola monitoring

By Megha Satyanarayana
Pennsylvania is one of six states that will monitor travelers from Ebola-stricken countries under new protocols, federal health officials said Wednesday. Starting Monday, all travelers to the United States whose flights originated in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea will be …

Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop

By Joe Napsha
Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday hammered Democrat Tom Wolf over his proposal to raise the state income tax during a campaign stop in Westmoreland County, claiming …

VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

By Mike Wereschagin
The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency …

State police have seized twice as much heroin this year as in all of 2013

By Margaret Harding
State police seized nearly $50 million worth of illegal drugs in the third quarter of the year, according to a news release Wednesday. The $49 million worth of drugs includes $2.47 million worth cocaine, $37.34 million worth of heroin, and …

Contempt citation sought by state against Highmark for alleged violation of deal with UPMC

By Natasha Lindstrom
HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court judge on Wednesday mocked Western Pennsylvania’s two health care giants for being so adversarial they couldn’t even sit in the same room together to strike the summer deal that was supposed to mark a meaningful …

Highmark seeks double-digit increase for more benefits, heavy use

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. wants to increase 2015 premiums by double-digits on its individual health policies, which nearly 180,000 people in Pennsylvania bought under the Affordable Care Act a year ago. The state’s largest health insurer is canceling most of its old …

Corbett: $2.5M grant will keep Children’s Hospital ‘a national model’

By Melissa Daniels
The latest award from one of the state’s largest grant programs will funnel a $2.5 million taxpayer-subsidized grant to one of the region’s wealthiest conglomerates, in support of an expansion project at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Gov. Tom …

Schools reopen as manhunt for Frein continues

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
A day after the search for Eric Frein led authorities to search school buildings in Monroe County, students have returned to class. The Pocono Mountain School District resumed classes Wednesday as the manhunt continued nearby. Frein, charged with killing one …

Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office asked to prosecute case alleging assault of Allegheny County assistant district attorney

By Adam Brandolph
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. wants the state Attorney General’s Office to prosecute a Brentwood man accused of assaulting an assistant district attorney to avoid the possibility of a conflict of interest. Zappala sent a letter to …

Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery blames “malicious intent” by Chief Justice Ronald Castille as the driving force behind a decision to oust …

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission urged to strengthen ethics training

By Bobby Kerlik
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission needs to strengthen its ethics training for employees and outside business partners, according to a an advisory committee report released Tuesday. The 74-page report outlined 10 recommendations to improve transparency and ensure professional contracts are handled …

Salena Zito Reporting

Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns

By Salena Zito
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

Brad Bumsted

Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery blames “malicious intent” by Chief Justice Ronald Castille as the driving force behind a decision to oust him with pay for transmitting …