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Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan ...

State cites Greene County mine after fatality, checking ventilation doors

By The Associated Press
The state Department of Environmental Protection has cited a Greene County mine for violations related to a miner’s death, and is inspecting ventilation doors of other mines in the region. DEP spokesman John Poister said that’s being done because 55-year-old ...

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts in ...

Second Blair County friar commits suicide in province under sex abuse investigation

By Mike Wereschagin  and Brad Bumsted
A Blair County friar hanged himself two days after agents with the state Attorney General’s Office raided a nearby monastery connected to a sexual abuse scandal, the Blair County Coroner’s office confirmed Wednesday. The Rev. David Kaczmarek, 53, died about ...

Donora-Webster bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years

By Chris Buckley 11:18 a.m.
With onlookers lining nearby hillsides, the 106-year-old Donora-Webster Bridge was demolished Wednesday morning, dropped by explosives in a matter of seconds into the Monongahela River. “Everything ...

‘We are’ chant now a permanent fixture on Penn State campus

By Centre Daily Times
We are. Those two words, just five letters, are the battle cry of every Nittany Lion. With the response, “Penn State!” the phrase says not that ...

Attorney general accuses Golden Living homes of failing to provide basic services to elderly

By Adam Brandolph
Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed an injunction against a chain of 36 nursing homes Wednesday, accusing it of misleading consumers by failing to provide basic services to elderly and vulnerable residents. The Attorney General’s Office claims Golden Gate Senior Care Center ...

Instances of hacking may be up, but indictments against Chinese military impactful, experts say

By Andrew Conte
WASHINGTON — Computer hacking indictments filed in Pittsburgh last year against members of the Chinese military have not led to arrests, but they did put that country on notice, top cybersecurity experts here said Wednesday. Online spying by the Chinese certainly ...

Pitt researchers using grant to find cures for viruses from mosquitoes

By Ben Schmitt
There’s no cure for a variety of mosquito-borne viruses that Department of Defense officials fear could someday be developed into bioterrorism agents. “If someone would ...

Wolf vetoes $30.1 billion budget pushed by GOP

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The General Assembly on Tuesday sent a $30.1 billion budget that doesn’t raise taxes to Gov. Tom Wolf, who vetoed it. “It’s what I ...

Pa. could ease restrictions on fireworks, reaping big bang in taxes

By Kari Andren
Braden Laudidio scouted fireworks on the Phantom Fireworks website and came looking for Saturn missiles. Laudidio has three young cousins visiting him this weekend and was ...

Employee who wrote letter supporting Kane got $11K raise

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — An employee who wrote a public letter defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s leadership received a salary increase of about $11,300, state records show. Becky Berkebile, formerly an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, wrote that things were ...

Presque Isle Downs cancels thoroughbred races because of running deer

By Jason Cato
What do you call a white-tail deer coming down the backstretch? A nagging problem, if you are Presque Isle Downs & Casino. The Erie thoroughbred track canceled races the past three days because a deer darted onto the course and cut off ...

In historic vote, Legislature approves bill selling state liquor stores

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — For the first time in state history, the General Assembly Tuesday approved legislation to privatize the state liquor system. “It is a historic ...

Brooklyn man’s cross-state taxi ride leads straight to jail in Uniontown

By Liz Zemba
A Brooklyn man who took a cab from Philadelphia to Uniontown to surprise his fiancée instead found himself booked into the Fayette County jail when ...

Supreme Court justices ream EPA for ignoring costs to meet air standards

By David Conti
The Supreme Court’s rejection Monday of the process federal regulators used to write mercury pollution rules for the power industry won’t revive coal-fired plants that ...

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by deception ...

Liquor privatization bill receives a major boost in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A proposed House-Senate bill to privatize state liquor sales was approved in committee Sunday, setting up a historic vote by the full Senate. ...

Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP

By Katelyn Ferral
Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. ...

University mine rescue teams join to set rules, competitions

By David Conti
Don Hager knows that not all of the students he trains on Virginia Tech’s mine rescue team will follow his career path into a coal ...