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Employees of Mercer County-based manufacturer among missing in Nepal

By Adam Smeltz 12:02 a.m.
Two workers for a Western Pennsylvania-based watch manufacturer are among the thousands of people missing in Nepal, where a catastrophic earthquake hit Saturday, the company’s founder and CEO said. Michael Kobold, 36, of Volant, Mercer County, said the president of ...

Pa. justices to consider murky case on charities

By Natasha Lindstrom
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is taking up an unusual case spurred by a lawyer who tried to expose a nonprofit client she believed had illegally steered charitable funds into private pockets. One side argues that attorneys for nonprofits should be allowed ...

State’s homeless rate begins to decrease

By Mary Ann Thomas 12:01 a.m.
Along with some clothes, a stuffed animal, a Celtic cross necklace and a baby blanket that she crocheted, Missi Mock and her three children left ...

All Pennsylvanians to pay more, GOP gleans from report on Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan would hit all income classes and amount to a “huge tax grab,” said a leading Republican lawmaker. But John Hanger, Wolf’s policy director, on Friday disputed the Independent Fiscal Office report’s main conclusions. ...

3-judge panel in Montgomery County will hear Kane contempt case

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Three Montgomery County judges — a Democrat and two Republicans — will preside over arguments Monday on whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, should be held in contempt of court. A Norristown attorney, a Democrat, will join special ...

Judge puts hold on agreements under Gov. Wolf’s care worker policy

By The Associated Press
A Pennsylvania judge Thursday put a hold on an element of a Gov. Tom Wolf policy that critics describe as an illegal attempt to unionize home care workers who look after elderly and disabled people. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini’s order ...

Seton Hill student tells how Pa. Gov. Wolf’s tax plan will hurt her

By Debra Erdley
Penny Fjellanger wasn’t thinking about taxes when she enrolled at Seton Hill University last fall. But the 20-year-old college freshman said Thursday that she’s worried about ...

Pittsburgh VA inquiry halted before deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

By Mike Wereschagin  and Adam Smeltz
A former infection prevention official warned the Department of Veterans Affairs about problems with Legionella bacteria detection in Pittsburgh a year and a half before ...

Pennsylvania AG Kane’s contempt hearing postponed but judges to hear arguments

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Lawyers for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane accused a Montgomery County judge and special prosecutor Thursday of colluding during a grand jury investigation of her and said they should step aside. Attorneys Gerald Shargel of New York City and ...

Pa. lawmaker predicts Senate will pass bills to open union negotiations

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday sent a strong message to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who agreed to a 2.25-percent wage increase for the ...

AG Kane promotes narcotics supervisor to acting chief of staff

By Tribune-Review
HARRISBURG — A special agent who headed narcotics investigations for the Attorney General’s Office will become acting chief of staff, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. Kane promoted Jonathan A. Duecker to the position, replacing him as head of the Bureau ...

Salena Zito Reporting

Hillary Clinton spins political attacks into moneymaker

By Tom Fontaine  and Salena Zito 12:02 a.m.
Hillary Clinton’s two-week-old presidential campaign is looking to turn political attacks into dollars. It could be a lucrative approach, given the number of controversies surrounding ...

Brad Bumsted

All Pennsylvanians to pay more, GOP gleans from report on Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan would hit all income classes and amount to a “huge tax grab,” said a leading Republican lawmaker. But John Hanger, Wolf’s policy director, on Friday disputed the Independent Fiscal Office report’s main …