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‘Tomato King’ Procacci seeks control of Lawrence Downs racino project

By Jason Cato
The owner of a Philadelphia-based produce empire who once before cleared the vetting process of state gambling regulators is closing on a deal to control the future of the long-pursued and ill-fated Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in Lawrence ...

Businesses brace for papal crowds

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Business owners in Philadelphia could enjoy a financial windfall from the crowds expected for the papal visit — if their employees can get to work through the security perimeters and road closures. To encourage shops to navigate the ...

Philly DA won’t fire Fina, two others for porn emails

By Brad Bumsted 1:32 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Three former state prosecutors who were on an email chain with pornographic and other offensive images won’t be fired from their jobs with ...

Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, ...

Pa. welfare workers threatened with firings over financial forms

By Kari Andren
State Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas said scores of welfare caseworkers could be fired if they continue to flout a law requiring them to disclose their financial interests. Dallas said the caseworkers’ repeated refusal to file the financial disclosure forms ...

Gas cost, construction barrels coming down for Labor Day travelers

By Melissa Daniels
Drivers traveling for the Labor Day holiday weekend can take advantage of the lowest gas prices in 11 years, according to AAA East Central. Low prices for barrels of oil have dropped the national average for a gallon of gas to ...

I-80 rock-throwing that injured teacher results in jail terms

By The Associated Press
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Three young men apologized to their victim on Thursday after a judge sentenced them to time behind bars for throwing a rock from an interstate overpass, striking the woman in the head and causing her severe brain ...

Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and “carbon-negative” housing developments, neither of which were ever developed, federal prosecutors …

Wolf nominates former revenue colleague to Pennsylvania Turnpike post

By Melissa Daniels
Gov. Tom Wolf appointed a former colleague to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Wednesday. Barry Drew served as the Deputy Secretary of Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011, under governors of both parties. His employment ...

Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration racks up 5,000 applicants

By Melissa Daniels
In a normal week, the Allegheny County Department of Elections receives about 2,500 paper forms from voters who want to change their addresses or register to vote. This week, 20 percent of the forms arrived electronically for the first time through ...

Retired LCB official, expected to plead guilty to kickbacks, stands to lose $52K pension

By Kari Andren
Six weeks after former state Liquor Control Board marketing director James Short returned from a Florida vacation paid for by the then-makers of Pinnacle vodkas, LCB officials voted to put Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka on state store shelves, according to ...

Salena Zito Reporting

Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran

By Salena Zito
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one ...

Brad Bumsted

Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, legal experts tell the Tribune-Review. …