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Legislation would broaden crimes for which public officials forfeit state pensions

By Brad Bumsted 12:26 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Legislation to prevent public officials convicted of crimes such as conflict of interest from collecting state pensions appears headed for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill’s sponsor said Friday. The bill by Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks County, ...

AG Kane’s spokesman leaving after 2 months on the job

By Brad Bumsted 12:52 a.m.
HARRISBURG — The parade of press secretaries for Attorney General Kathleen Kane continues. Aaron Sadler, her spokesman, said Friday he is leaving to take a job with the Louisiana attorney general’s office as director of communications. He began working for Kane ...

Severance tax on natural gas drilling backed by Pa. voters

By David Conti 12:01 a.m.
More Pennsylvania voters favor adding a severance tax on natural gas production than oppose the proposal, and they’re more likely to believe taxes on gas companies are too low, an industry-commissioned poll found. When asked whether it’s the right time to ...

Wolf touts in-home care for seniors

By The Associated Press 12:38 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday he wants more seniors to obtain health care in their homes instead of in nursing facilities. In an event at the AARP office in downtown Philadelphia, Wolf told about 30 people that his upcoming ...

Pennsylvania House pushes liquor system privatization bill through

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — For the second time in two years, the state House on Thursday approved comprehensive legislation to privatize the state liquor system by selling ...

Walking gets increasingly deadly for pedestrians in Pa.

By Bobby Kerlik
Pennsylvania is getting more dangerous for pedestrians, according to a study released Thursday that reports the state’s fatalities soared by 40 percent in the first half of 2014. The Governors Highway Safety Association released the 21-page report tallying pedestrian deaths by ...

Easter Seals merger in Pennsylvania raises ethics concerns

By Natasha Lindstrom
It started as a merger between two money-losing charities serving people with disabilities. The deal let Easter Seal Society of Western Pennsylvania absorb $6.1 million in ...

PennDOT to replace drivers licenses issued since November without proper security features

By Bobby Kerlik
More than 100,000 Pennsylvanians could be carrying driver’s licenses with faulty security features because of vendor error, PennDOT officials said Thursday. “PennDOT learned (Wednesday) that laminate supplied by vendors for driver’s licenses did not have the proper security image on ...

Few in Westmoreland County opposed to expansion plan for Mariner pipeline

By David Conti 12:21 a.m.
The expansion of a natural gas liquids pipeline that attracted some opposition during the first phase found a friendlier reception Thursday among Westmoreland County residents ...

PUC fines 8 transport companies, including 2 in Western Pennsylvania

By Tony Raap
The state Public Utility Commission on Thursday fined eight transportation companies, including two in Western Pennsylvania, for not paying assessments and for failing to file assessment reports. Motor carriers are required to file annual reports on their gross intrastate operating revenue ...

Fast-growing Americans for Prosperity opens location in Greensburg

By Craig Smith
In a move that political observers said reflects the importance the Republican Party is placing on the upcoming presidential election, Americans for Prosperity, a conservative, ...

3 killed, 1 wounded in Philadelphia shootings

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Three people were killed and another was wounded in three separate shootings in Philadelphia. Police say a 34-year-old woman was fatally shot in her car around 12 a.m. Thursday in North Philadelphia, two 23-year-old men were killed around ...

Governor Wolf proposes halving key corporate tax in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday said he wants lawmakers to cut the state’s corporate net income tax by half as part of a ...

Doctors debate caution vs. medical need for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

By Melissa Daniels
To former Pennsylvania Medical Society president Bruce MacLeod, the oath physicians take to “do no harm” means proceeding with caution when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. “History will judge us harshly for the bad outcomes that may ...

State senator urges rejecting bids for former state prison site near Greensburg

By Debra Erdley
Fueled by what she terms a long list of troubling, unanswered questions surrounding the sale of the former state prison near Greensburg, a Westmoreland County lawmaker is asking state officials to reject all bids for the facility. State Sen. Kim Ward, ...

As House looks to dismantle state stores, hybrid system might be option

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — With the Republican-controlled state House on Thursday poised to approve a liquor privatization bill, and Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf demanding “modernization” ...

Anthem data breach affects more than 750,000 Pennsylvania customers

By Adam Smeltz
More than 750,000 Pennsylvanians might have had personal information divulged in an expansive data breach at Anthem Inc., but it isn’t clear how many Western Pennsylvanians are on the list, Downtown-based Highmark Inc. said Wednesday. Affected Pennsylvanians are either Anthem members ...

Hackers won’t take break if DHS shuts down, officials warn

By Andrew Conte
Hackers are not taking a pause from attempting to break into computers, so a sustained hiatus in Homeland Security funding could put the nation at ...

Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

By The Associated Press
A judge on Wednesday ruled that Harrisburg cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances. Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling ruled in a lawsuit brought against the city under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a ...

PEMA, National Guard helping Bradford after water runs dry

By The Associated Press
BRADFORD — The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Army National Guard are helping a northwestern Pennsylvania city without water. Bradford officials say a 24-inch water main that broke Monday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford caused 5 million gallons ...