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Veteran designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses loosely audited

By Melissa Daniels 4:29 p.m.
The telephone operator told Ben Keen he would not need his military discharge papers to obtain the new veteran’s designation on his driver’s license. To be ...

Pennsylvania’s DEP chief seeking gas pipeline strategy

By Robert Swift The (Scranton) Times- Tribune 5:12 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A “spiderweb” of new natural gas pipelines will be built across Pennsylvania during the next decade, and the state’s top environmental official wants to develop a strategy for minimizing the impact on the environment. John Quigley, secretary-designate of the ...

Hotel Conneaut operator says events will go on despite letter canceling lease

By Bill Vidonic
The operator of the Hotel Conneaut in Crawford County said Saturday that wedding celebrations and other events will go on as planned, despite a letter from the bankrupt park’s board of trustees notifying him of the termination of his lease. “The ...

Pa. trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force

By The Associated Press
DUNMORE — A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall hopes to return to the state police force. Trooper Alex ...

Impact of Ohio’s moves to reduce Lake Erie algae years away

By The Associated Press
TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s latest response to the toxic algae in Lake Erie that last year contaminated one of the state’s largest drinking water systems will put a stop to practices that environmentalists have complained about for years. Now the ...

Fayette, Greene least healthy counties in Pennsylvania, according to report

By Tom Fontaine
Greene and Fayette counties have Pennsylvania’s worst health habits, a new report shows. “I’m not surprised. I see the same bad numbers year after year after year,” said Karen Bennett, administrator of Greene County Human Services. “We try to do ...

Trooper severely injured when hit by own car

By The Associated Press
State police say a trooper was severely injured when he was struck by his own patrol car while helping a motorist on Interstate 81 in eastern Pennsylvania. Police say Sgt. Robert Bemis pulled over to the side of I-81 in Schuylkill ...

Key Pennsylvania judicial races dot landscape

By Melissa Daniels
Robert Byer never grew accustomed to the politics. While serving an appointed term on Commonwealth Court in 1991, he campaigned for an open seat. He lost, but he remembers the rumor mill rumbling about whether a decision on the bench ...

Mother, grandparents of starved boy sentenced to prison

By The Associated Press
MERCER — The mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old boy who was so malnourished that one doctor said he looked like a Holocaust survivor have been sentenced to prison. A Mercer County judge sentenced the boy’s mother, Mary Rader, 28, ...

Pa. woman charged with forging docs to claim she was an attorney

By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — A central Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered late last year, according to charges filed by the ...

Lawrence County father, son charged with running illegal video gambling machines

By Megan Guza
A father-and-son team made nearly $100,000 from 65 illegal video gambling machines they maintained in bars throughout Lawrence County, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office. Frank Richard Medure, 63, of Neshannock and Frank Christopher Medure, 33, of Union are ...

Four veterinarians charged for doping race horses at Penn National

By Tribune-Review
Four veterinarians conspired to give illegal drugs to thoroughbred race horses at a Pennsylvania race track, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Kevin Brophy, 60, of Florida; Fernando Motta, 44, of Lancaster; Christopher Korte, 43, of Colorado; and Renee Nodine, ...

PSU frat members, victims aid in investigation

By The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE — Some women pictured nude or semi-nude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity’s secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are cooperating with the criminal investigation, police said. State College police Lt. Keith Robb ...

Voters upbeat so far about Wolf; 59% polled supporting his tax plan

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s registered voters are more optimistic about the state’s future than they have been in five years, a poll released Thursday shows. Pollster G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research said the change in the governor’s ...

Authorities investigate racist letter to Pa. state police pick Brown

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A racist letter to Col. Marcus Brown brought forth the first show of public support from a key senator for the embattled nominee to head the state police and called attention to dramatic decreases among minority state troopers ...

Heat lamp for cats caused fatal Lawrence County fire

By Tribune-Review
A fire that killed an 82-year-old Lawrence County man early Monday was caused by a heat lamp used to keep outside cats warm, according to a police report. The state police fire marshal said the heat lamp on the porch probably ...

PSU president will back tuition freeze if Wolf’s funding plan passes

By Charles Thompson
Penn State President Eric Barron pledged during a Senate budget hearing Tuesday to recommend a freeze on in-state undergraduate tuition at all campuses if the state’s 2015-16 enacted budget fully funds Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed increases for Pennsylvania’s four state-related ...

Pa. police officer charged with homicide for shooting unarmed man in back

By Wesley Robinson
HARRISBURG — David Kassick, hit by a Taser, was on the ground on his stomach; Hummelstown police Officer Lisa Mearkle stood behind him, a Taser ...

VA pledges to ease restrictive rules on use of Veterans Choice Access program

By Adam Smeltz
The Department of Veterans Affairs will make health care available to more veterans who live far from VA medical centers, the department pledged Tuesday. More than two dozen senators criticized the VA last month regarding its implementation of the Veterans Choice, ...

Penn State leader panned for anti-war visit

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Penn State President Eric Barron got a raft of criticism from lawmakers angry over an on-campus appearance by a co-founder of the violent anti-war group Weather Underground. At a budget hearing Tuesday, four members of the Senate Appropriations Committee ...