Pennsylvania

Wolf urges Pa. lawmakers to tackle abuse of opioid drugs

Pennsylvania lawmakers must act swiftly to address the epidemic of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday during a rare joint session ...

Pa. legislators vow to keep gaming funding flowing despite court decision

Pennsylvania legislators said Thursday they're confident they can fix the state's gaming law to ensure casinos continue paying municipal and county governments most if not ...

Audit: Dead people got nearly $700K in public assistance benefits, state disagrees on the amount

HARRISBURG — An audit by the state's fiscal watchdog has found Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services was paying public assistance benefits to the accounts of ...

State Supreme Court allows criminal defendants to sue to get adequate funding for public defenders' offices

Pennsylvania's highest court will allow criminal defendants to sue a county as a way to prove a public defender's office isn't adequately funded to provide ...

Pa. Supreme Court blocks pro-industry provisions of gas drilling law

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down pro-industry provisions of a 2012 state law adopted amid the Marcellus shale drilling boom, yet another court ...

Pa. Supreme Court strikes down tax paid by casinos to host communities

Pennsylvania's highest court is striking down the tax that casinos pay their host communities, potentially devastating local budgets around the state. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...

Cops: 911 dispatcher endangered kids by overdosing at home

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania 911 dispatcher who allegedly overdosed on heroin at home has been suspended from her job and charged with ...

Number of Pa. newborns addicted to opioids is skyrocketing, report says

Hospitals across Pennsylvania are battling surging rates of opioid-addicted babies and mothers, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment ...

'Mule' found dead in Pennsylvania had up to $500K in heroin

CLEARFIELD — A western Pennsylvania coroner says a suspected drug "mule" found dead over a highway guard rail was a Guatemalan man who had secreted ...

Ospreys, no longer threatened, take flight in Poconos

HAZLETON — Anglers have told Susan Gallagher about spending hours on Mauch Chunk Lake without getting a nibble before an osprey swooped down and plucked ...

Pennsylvania man resentenced for 2010 murder he committed as juvenile

YORK — A man who was a teenager at the time of the Pennsylvania murder of a law student for which he was sentenced to ...

Costs soar for presidential searches at state-owned universities

Taxpayers and students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have paid more than $1.5 million during the past six years for a continuous series of searches ...

Faculty at state-owned universities announce strike date

The union representing professors at the 14 state-owned universities Friday filed an unfair labor practices charge and set an October strike date, accusing negotiators for ...

Pennsylvania charter school law dubbed 'worst in the country'

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale pointed to the founder of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School as an example of why he says the state's charter school ...

Toomey: McGinty supports welfare for illegal immigrants

HARRISBURG — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has launched a new line of attack in immigration politics against his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, accusing her ...

Year after guilty plea, no word on sentencing for former Pennsylvania LCB official

A year after pleading guilty to accepting bribes from alcohol vendors he regulated, James Short, the state Liquor Control Board's former director of marketing, has ...

Court throws out Wolf's order on bargaining rights for home care workers

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania court is putting an end to a program established by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf that the judges said improperly granted ...

Negotiations for State System universities, faculty at a stalemate

Negotiators for Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities and a union representing 5,500 faculty members and coaches ended a marathon five-day negotiating session late Wednesday at a ...

Document: State Rep. Acosta pleaded guilty to felony 6 months ago

HARRISBURG — A federal judge has unsealed a document showing that a state lawmaker from Philadelphia secretly pleaded guilty six months ago to a money ...

Pa. lawmakers to parallel feds on self-driving car guidelines

State legislators crafting regulations for self-driving cars will work to align their bill with federal guidelines on autonomous vehicles issued this week. Parts of proposed ...