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Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett wants candidate Wolf to release tax records

By Melissa Daniels
Six months before the general election, Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign has zeroed in on the Democratic primary’s frontrunner with a demand to publicly release …

EEOC sues New Castle company for firing war veteran

By Brian Bowling
The New Castle subsidiary of a Canadian pipe-fitting manufacturer fired a U.S. Marine war veteran because of his post-traumatic stress disorder, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. Ezeflow USA Inc. hired Adam Brant, age …

Visiting Corbett stumps for education budget

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett touted his support for science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — education programs during a tour on Monday of the …

State police could take legislative sting evidence to Philly DA

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State police Commissioner Frank Noonan has agreed to accept evidence in a legislative sting case -- if Attorney General Kathleen Kane provides it -- and forward it to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a spokeswoman said on Monday. …

Quicker ruling sought in Pennsylvania gay marriage ban case

By Brian Bowling
The state concedes that its law banning same-sex marriages harms gay couples, so the only question left in a federal lawsuit challenging the law is whether it is constitutional, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued Monday. They’re asking a federal judge …

Western Pa. colleges schedule commencement

By Tribune-Review
Commencement season for the Class of 2014 begins soon and will continue through May for colleges and universities in Western Pennsylvania. • Butler County Community College, 7 p.m. May 21, Field House. Speaker: Elizabeth Bolden, president and CEO of the …

Gov. Corbett’s re-election campaign ‘unflappable’ amid challenges, criticism

By Tom Fontaine
Gov. Tom Corbett is under fire from all directions. Four Democrats seeking the party’s nod to run against Corbett in November are laying waste to …

Mailings from Pa. incumbents to potential new constituents under fire

By Melissa Daniels
Army veteran and Republican state House candidate Josh Lang can point to a four-page glossy example of what he calls an incumbent’s advantage. His opponent, Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, sent a newsletter to constituents in the 78th District whom he …

Change in kidney allocation rules should help patients

By Luis Fábregas  and Andrew Conte
This story is the second in a two-part series. At the end of nearly every dialysis treatment, Ursula Bode panics. Her body shakes, her eyes …

Shale oil, gas drilling boom wins favor with labor unions, thwarting environmentalists

By The Associated Press
Amid early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica shale oil and …

Miss America asks York school to rethink prom question suspension

By The Associated Press
YORK — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school student who asked her to the prom …

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 …