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Judge lifts order blocking racy state emails

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — A former prosecutor who helped put serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky behind bars persuaded a judge last month to block release of sexually explicit emails shared on office computers by officials of the Attorney General’s Office, court documents released …

Turnpike plaza in Bedford Co. to close until Memorial Day

By Tribune-Review
The North Midway Pennsylvania Turnpike service plaza in Bedford County, on the westbound side of the road, will close Monday for construction. The plaza, located at milepost 147, should reopen in May before Memorial Day weekend. The plaza will get …

Pa. unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent

By Chris Fleisher
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose for the second consecutive month in August, signaling a downward trend that economists say doesn’t bode well for the state’s economy. …

Pa. transportation system ranks 41st in nation, study shows

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s transportation system ranks behind those in all but nine states, but some of its neighbors face bigger safety and financial challenges, a study released on Thursday shows. Ohio is an exception. Its transportation system ranked 14th overall, up from …

State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards

By Megan Harris
Lawmakers postponed two hearings to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for a review of state academic standards Thursday because Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said no changes to the standards are planned. Corbett called for the review last week, drawing criticism …

Rules for Pennsylvania district judges reworked

By Adam Brandolph
Come December, district judges in Pennsylvania will have a new set of rules to live by. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday issued a revised version of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for each of the 526 district judges …

Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed …

Pennsylvania teachers sue union over nonmember fee donations

By Megan Harris
Two Pennsylvania teachers sued the state’s largest teaching union on Thursday, claiming the union overstepped its authority in denying teachers the ability to select charities that receive donations of nonmember fees. Filed in Lancaster County court, the suit alleges the …

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced

By The Associated Press
SUNBURY — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour …

Suburban Philadelphia high school coach resigns over role in gay beating

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said on Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to …

Salena Zito Reporting

Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film

By Salena Zito
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

Brad Bumsted

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero on Monday, the first such …