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Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

By Brad Bumsted 7:22 a.m.
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery with pay for sending and receiving 234 emails containing pornographic photographs or videos. …

Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns

By Salena Zito
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

12-year-old’s donated heart joins families, lets her memory live

By Michael Hasch 7:22 a.m.
Tears flowed freely. Heartfelt hugs were exchanged. Smiles, sobs and wet eyes filled the room. A woman whose son gained a heart and a new …

Flight 93 memorial fire’s cause unkown

By Daily American
More than two weeks since a fire destroyed three buildings and many artifacts at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, officials still do not know what caused the blaze. State police fire marshal Scott Kovach said the cause …

Demand for hazmat suits due to Ebola outbreak triples firm’s production

By Alex Nixon 7:22 a.m.
Demand for more protective hazmat suits is boosting production at an American chemical and plastics company as fears grow that the Ebola virus may spread. …

Pennsylvania overseers reject Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto’s 2015 budget

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh must provide a better explanation for the revenue it projects for 2015 before a state-appointed fiscal oversight board will approve Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed …

Harrisburg insider, newcomer battle over change in Pa.’s 46th Senate District

By Jason Cato
Democrat Sen. Tim Solobay points to funding from a new transportation bill paving the way for development in his Western Pennsylvania district. Republican challenger Camera …

Jobs are focus in 52nd District House race in Westmoreland, Fayette

By Bob Stiles 8:12 a.m.
Ryan Warner of Perryopolis said he noticed a broader issue after he lost his job at a Westmoreland County business in 2012. “I was laid …

Customers rarely utilize right to cancel a contract

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sign a contract for goods or services, and you’ve got at least three days to back out, right? Wrong, as readers of this month’s Philadelphia Inquirer report on Sundance Vacations should know. The Wilkes-Barre business sells lodging packages under contracts …

Attorneys want ‘Kids for Cash’ figure’s windfall frozen

By The (Wilkes-barre) Citizens' Voice
Attorneys representing thousands of juveniles victimized by Luzerne County’s infamous “Kids for Cash” scandal asked a federal judge last week to freeze a multimillion-dollar windfall soon due a key player in the corruption scheme. They worry disgraced attorney Robert Powell …

3 Pennsylvania residents being monitored for Ebola in Texas

By Adam Smeltz  and Luis Fábregas
Three Pennsylvanians who flew from Cleveland to Dallas with a nurse who has Ebola are being monitored in Texas but have a low risk of …

Lawyers say adoptive Mercer County parents wanted to avoid jail

By Adam Brandolph
A Mercer County couple who pleaded no contest to charges that they endangered the welfare of their two adopted children did so not because they “did things that were horrible,” their lawyers said Friday, but because a conviction could have …

Ambushed state trooper leaves Scranton hospital

By The Associated Press
A Pennsylvania state trooper seriously wounded in an ambush at a rural police barracks has been released from a hospital after more than a month of treatment but still has a long road to recovery, his commander said Friday. Trooper …

Gettysburg battlefield benefiting from National Park Service grants

By Michael Hasch
The National Park Service has awarded $2.2 million in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at four Civil War battlefields including Gettysburg. The grants, announced Thursday by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, …

Uber gets extension to operate in Pennsylvania from Public Utility Commission

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Friday extended the temporary operating license for ride-sharing company Uber while the agency considers its application for a permanent license. The five-member commission issued the order as Uber’s temporary license was set to expire. …

Negra will serve on liquor board

By Tribune-Review
The state Senate voted without opposition Thursday to confirm Centre County businessman Michael Negra to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Negra, 60, was nominated for the post last month by Gov. Tom Corbett and will serve until May 2018. He …

Supreme Court justices taunt each other over pornographic emails

By Melissa Daniels
A spiteful back-and-forth between two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices erupted over the sending, receiving and leaking of lewd and inappropriate emails, a matter one justice …

Pa. jobless rate fell to 5.7% in September

By John D. Oravecz
A decline in Pennsylvania’s jobless rate in September looks good after rising for two months, economists said Friday, but it is overshadowed by the state’s inability to keep pace with strong job growth nationally. Employers cut jobs for the third …

Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice sorry for porn email, blasts boss

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
HARRISBURG — Breaking weeks of silence, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery apologized Thursday for sending a series of sexually explicit emails later found on state government servers. But while expressing remorse for his conduct, he took his chief critic …

Judge blocks grand jury summons for Trib’s Harrisburg correspondent

By Andrew Conte
The judge presiding over a statewide grand jury blocked an appearance Friday before the panel by Tribune-Review state Capitol correspondent Brad Bumsted, the newspaper’s attorney …