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Film tax credits bill would bump up state budget

By Jason Cato
With two months left in the fiscal year, Pennsylvania’s film tax credits are gone — as is a healthy portion of money available next year …

York teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

By The Associated Press
YORK — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. …

Philanthropist helps waitress become nurse

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A chance encounter with a customer who’s a major Harrisburg philanthropist is paying for the education of a waitress who now works as nurse in a hospital facility that bears the man’s name. WHTM-TV reported on Friday that …

North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple

By Paul Peirce
A Hawaiian honeymoon should have been the beginning for the bride who grew up in Murrysville and the groom from North Versailles. In a storybook …

Pa. unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2008; 12,000 more enter workforce

By Chris Fleisher
More Pennsylvanians entered the job market last month and some of them are getting hired as the state’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since October 2008. The March unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 …

Dems in Pa. governor’s race vow to close loophole, say firms skirt corporate tax

By Melissa Daniels
Four Democrats running for governor say they’re eyeing a way to collect millions of dollars from companies that exploit the so-called “Delaware loophole” to skirt corporate taxes, but critics say some estimates of the problem are faulty. It’s right there …

Pennsylvania sting scouted private liquor store sites

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A Trinidad liquor producer sought to sell rum in Pennsylvania’s state-owned booze stores. Another company, thinking lawmakers might privatize the state stores, wanted to secure private retail licenses. These fictitious entities were represented by an undercover informant posing …

Penn State has hand in discovery of most Earth-like planet yet

By Megan Harris
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size and exists in …

Group wants Consol to adhere to terms of Greene County mining permit

By Tribune-Review
The Washington, Pa.-based Center for Coalfield Justice on Thursday filed a petition to intervene in a permit battle between Consol Energy Inc. and the state regarding a proposed expansion of a Greene County mining operation. The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board …

Young Pakistani immigrant linked to Pennsylvania woman known as ‘Jihad Jane’ sentenced to prison

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — An immigrant teen who earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for jihadists he met online was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison. Mohammad Hassan Khalid had earned a full scholarship …

Philadelphia robbers steal $105K from armored truck

By USA Today
Two masked men with assault rifles stole $105,000 from an armored truck outside a Philadelphia bank on Thursday morning, police said. The robbers have been connected to a similar $310,000 heist a mile away on Halloween, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, …

Legislative sting’s scope in Pennsylvania broad, diverse

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A legislative sting operation was much broader than originally described, and the undercover informant who recorded many conversations reached out to a racially diverse group of Democratic and Republican state lawmakers, lobbyists and city officials, according to sources …

State reaps $582M windfall on gas drilling in state forests

By Adam Smeltz
Private natural gas and oil wells in state forests pumped $582 million into Pennsylvania budgets in five years, more than tripling the combined revenue of the prior 60 years, state forestry officials said on Wednesday. Royalty and lease payments for …

Pa. Republican gubernatorial candidate Guzzardi facing another court challenge

By Melissa Daniels
Republican Bob Guzzardi will fight another court challenge to his gubernatorial candidacy, this time in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Four petitioners filed court papers Wednesday …

Dog wardens will canvass state for license compliance

By Patrick Varine
That knock at the door could be a warden checking to make sure your dog is properly licensed. Dog wardens will canvass homes across the state over the next couple of months, stopping by to ensure dog owners have a …

New Castle woman pleads guilty in pursuit death of police officer

By Bill Vidonic
A New Castle woman will spend between five and 10 years in state prison for killing a Lawrence County law enforcement officer during a chase last May, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Kylee Barletto, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday …

New Castle man indicted on federal child porn charge

By Brian Bowling
A federal grand jury indicted a New Castle man for production of child pornography because he recorded his rapes of an 8-year-old girl, according to court files unsealed Wednesday. Donald A. Miller, 42, already faces 29 state charges including child …

Defense lawyers in turnpike case invoke ‘Kane Doctrine’ on quid pro quo

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Defense lawyers in a turnpike corruption case on Tuesday tried to turn Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s reason for aborting a legislative corruption probe …

For undercover officer who tried to nab Lawrence County flasher, work can be ‘drag’

By Melissa Daniels
Helene Pavlov was curling her hair when she saw her son-in-law on the 5 p.m. news — dressed as an Amish woman. Pulaski Sgt. Chad …

Judge says Corbett primary challenger can stay on ballot, appeal planned

By Melissa Daniels
Gov. Tom Corbett has a primary opponent on May 20, for now. A Commonwealth Court judge ruled on Tuesday that Republican challenger Bob Guzzardi can …