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Brad Bumsted is a state Capitol reporter for the Trib. Brad Bumsted can be reached via e-mail or at 717-787-1405

Pa. Education Department attempts to block release of emails to Tomalis

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Corbett administration is trying to block the release of emails from top officials in the governor’s office to former Education Secretary Ron …

‘Racy’ emails could stay hidden under Pennsylvania open records law

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If state employees use government computers to send fantasy football news, horse racing results, online auction links or pornography, the public probably is not entitled to obtain the emails through an open records request, legal experts say. Though …

Spanier’s attorneys want access to attorney general’s recovered emails

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorneys for former Penn State University President Graham Spanier want a court to force the Attorney General’s Office to produce documents contained in more than 20 million deleted emails that agents reconstructed to review the Jerry Sandusky case. …

Freeh, Tomalis emails at issue in appeals court hearing

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Commonwealth Court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments in a case in which Penn State University is resisting the release of emails …

Special deputy told Gov. Corbett of ‘inappropriate’ emails, campaign manager says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG ­— A special deputy hired by the Attorney General’s Office made Gov. Tom Corbett aware of emails shared among his former staffers that “may have been inappropriate,” Corbett’s campaign manager said on Saturday. Campaign manager Mike Barley said the …

Lawyer wants to stop convicted Pa. lawmakers from lobbying

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Lawmakers who traded pinstripes for prison jumpsuits on corruption charges can return to the Capitol upon release to lobby former colleagues on behalf …

Pennsylvania attorney general discrimination settlement cost $15K

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — The first legal document tied to reputed pornographic emails shared by state prosecutors shows the Attorney General’s Office agreed to pay $15,000 to settle with a female agent who claimed “racy pictures” were part of the culture in …

Pa. judge identified who denied Trib request to view sexually explicit emails circulated in AG’s Office

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A grand jury judge has not decided whether to release documents in response to a Tribune-Review open records request for emails circulated in the Attorney General’s Office reputed to contain sexually explicit images, a spokesman for the judiciary …

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett’s Medicaid change expected to have little impact with voters

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The federal government’s approval of Gov. Tom Corbett’s modified Medicaid plan is a victory for the Republican seeking re-election but not an issue that resonates deeply enough with voters to turn around a race led by Democrat Tom …

Secret judicial ruling blocks release of sexually explicit emails

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — An unnamed judge issued an order blocking an open records law request by the Tribune-Review for emails and links to sexually explicit images …

Government approves compromise on Corbett’s alternative Medicaid plan

By Alex Nixon and Brad Bumsted
The federal government approved a plan by Gov. Tom Corbett that provides health coverage to at least 500,000 Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians. Corbett, a Republican trailing in …