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Corbett confident state trooper ambush suspect will be caught

By The Associated Press
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — The survivalist charged in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks 10 days ago will be caught, Gov. Tom Corbett …

Gubernatorial debate features incumbent in need of win vs. wealthy businessman running as an outsider

By Brad Bumsted 7:35 p.m.
HERSHEY — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf are expected to trade charges on taxes, gas drilling and education in their first debate before the Nov. 4 election when Pennsylvania voters choose the state’s next governor. Corbett, …

State Dems take back seat to political committee in gubernatorial election

By Melissa Daniels
If Tom Wolf defeats Gov. Tom Corbett in November, much of the credit could go to a political committee that formed three months ago, lists a P.O. box in Philadelphia as its mailing address and is headed by a Democrat …

Wolf holds $1.5M edge in money

By The Associated Press
Democrat Tom Wolf headed into the final seven weeks of Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race with a more than $1.5 million cash advantage over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett, according to figures the campaigns disclosed Sunday. The results of the campaigns’ fundraising and …

Ambush suspect’s rifle found

By The Associated Press
CANADENSIS — Nine days after a gunman fatally shot one trooper and critically wounded a second at a northeastern Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said they recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on …

Gas industry remedies ‘brain drain’ in Western Pennsylvania

By Craig Smith
For Justin Welker, Western Pennsylvania was always home. His friends were here. His family was here. Unfortunately, his job wasn’t. When Welker graduated from California …

Judge lifts order blocking racy state emails

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — A former prosecutor who helped put serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky behind bars persuaded a judge last month to block release of sexually explicit …

Turnpike plaza in Bedford Co. to close until Memorial Day

By Tribune-Review
The North Midway Pennsylvania Turnpike service plaza in Bedford County, on the westbound side of the road, will close Monday for construction. The plaza, located at milepost 147, should reopen in May before Memorial Day weekend. The plaza will get …

Pa. unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent

By Chris Fleisher
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose for the second consecutive month in August, signaling a downward trend that economists say doesn’t bode well for the state’s economy. …

Pa. transportation system ranks 41st in nation, study shows

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s transportation system ranks behind those in all but nine states, but some of its neighbors face bigger safety and financial challenges, a study released on Thursday shows. Ohio is an exception. Its transportation system ranked 14th overall, up from …

State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards

By Megan Harris
Lawmakers postponed two hearings to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for a review of state academic standards Thursday because Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said no changes to the standards are planned. Corbett called for the review last week, drawing criticism …

Rules for Pennsylvania district judges reworked

By Adam Brandolph
Come December, district judges in Pennsylvania will have a new set of rules to live by. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday issued a revised version of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for each of the 526 district judges …

Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed …

Pennsylvania teachers sue union over nonmember fee donations

By Megan Harris
Two Pennsylvania teachers sued the state’s largest teaching union on Thursday, claiming the union overstepped its authority in denying teachers the ability to select charities that receive donations of nonmember fees. Filed in Lancaster County court, the suit alleges the …

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced

By The Associated Press
SUNBURY — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour …

Suburban Philadelphia high school coach resigns over role in gay beating

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said on Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to …

Range Resources to pay $4.15M fine, close old gas drilling impoundments

By David Conti
Range Resources Corp. will pay the largest state fine levied against a Pennsylvania shale gas driller and close five drilling wastewater impoundments in Washington County …

Growing RMU nursing school poised for expansion

By Debra Erdley
Phyllis Wolfe McDonough knew she could elevate her work as a nurse practitioner with a doctorate, but it took a postcard from a Pennsylvania university …

PennDOT workers injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic
Rescue crews on Thursday pulled a PennDOT worker coated in yellow paint from the wreckage of the truck he was riding in after it rolled …